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September 17, 2012 4:07 PM
Help me please! Due to some temporary paralysis ten years ago my right arm suffered significant atrophy. It has recovered fully in range of motion but my right arm strength (and build) is still pathetic compared to the left side. I have been working it really hard this year but I see virtually no muscle growth on that side. Left continues to progress but my right arm pisses me off. Any thoughts?
September 17, 2012 4:38 PM
Do you still have your physical therapist? I think he/she would be a good resource for you. What's your diet look like, eating enough calories and protein? Personally if I were going to approach this I would stop progressing my left arm until the right arm got closer. Probably no barbell work as you don't want the left arm compensating for the right arm, all DB's and KB's for now.
September 17, 2012 4:41 PM
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Do you still have your physical therapist? I think he/she would be a good resource for you. What's your diet look like, eating enough calories and protein? Personally if I were going to approach this I would stop progressing my left arm until the right arm got closer. Probably no barbell work as you don't want the left arm compensating for the right arm, all DB's and KB's for now.


Thanks! I've heard the same advice on stopping the progression on the strong side. It makes sence. I'm wanting to lose weight overall so I don't really need to gain strength on the strong side. Just keep it where it is I think.

Thanks for the reply!
September 17, 2012 4:45 PM
Great advice!^^^^^^^^ DO THIS!
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September 17, 2012 5:02 PM
Also always start and end your sets with the weak side. And try to progress your weight on that side each time. Try to use the stronglifts 5x5 progression format as an model.
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September 17, 2012 5:06 PM
QUOTE:

Do you still have your physical therapist? I think he/she would be a good resource for you. What's your diet look like, eating enough calories and protein? Personally if I were going to approach this I would stop progressing my left arm until the right arm got closer. Probably no barbell work as you don't want the left arm compensating for the right arm, all DB's and KB's for now.

Agree! A PT would be your best bet at this point, so you can work on getting that arm stronger. Also protein intake will really help after a workout to repair your muscles.
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September 17, 2012 8:36 PM
QUOTE:

Also always start and end your sets with the weak side. And try to progress your weight on that side each time. Try to use the stronglifts 5x5 progression format as an model.


Unfortunately he really needs to stay away from barbell work, at least for his upper body right now. DB's with such a progression model can be very difficult unless all the DB's increment by 2.5 (i.e. 15, 17.5, 20, 22.5, 25, etc).

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