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  • Cole McLaurin

    To whoever can help me,

    I\\\’ve been working out since freshmen year in high school. I\\\’m a junior in college and I\\\’ve quit working out because my left side of my body seems real tight. Its been like this since freshmen. My left arm and left chest muscle is a lot bigger than my right side. When I bench my left arm always goes up first and my right arm slowly comes up after. Sometimes the weight falls off the right side. I tired of feelin imbalanced. I feel like my left side is so much stronger than my right and I was to have an equilibrium and look good instead of odd. please help me

    Cole McLaurin
    Colelabowl@aol.com

    • Jeff Gordon Parker

      Ya, defiantly have some tight muscles going on there.

      I would foam roll if I were you. Make sure you doing plenty of body weight exercises and free weights. Push ups and pull ups help out a lot. As well as the one arm shoulder press if you stretch out your lats while you perform the exercise. If you can run, jogging is also a great way to equal out the bodies imbalances from left to right. Because your using both sides equally, if your consistent, one side will catch up.

  • Lucas S.

    I have been lifting weights off and on since I was in my teens and got really serious about lifting weights when I turned 25 years old. I i\’m 5\’11\" 230 pounds and had lifted weights hard for two years stright faithfully in the gym three times a week sometimes less or more. One morning I woke up and the muscles on the right side of my neck area were so tight that I could feel them pulling down on my collar bone. I went to the emergancy room several times due to me feeling off balanced, (Like I could not hold up my head) especially after I would eat or talk alot. I went to several different specialist for my ears and jaw to see if they were causing the problem and was told that my ears and jaw are fine.I have been told by my physical therapist and my doctor that due to the muscle imbalance on the right side of my neck everything in my face is tight and when I eat because of the muscles being so tight and imbalanced it makes my joints hurt. I I\’m still currently working with my doctor to fix this problem. I never had noticed the muscles imbalance until all this happend and then looking in the mirrior there it was, the right side of my neck muscle much smaller climbing up my neck then the one on the left side. I hurt so bad all the time and sometimes can\’t even enjoy watching my children do sports because the muscles that support my head feel so tired. My muscles around my head that are attached to my neck feel so weak that I feel off balanced when they are tired. The doctors took an x-ray along with a MRI of my neck and sholder area and due to the muscle imbalance on the right side you can see that my collar bone and the sholder bone connected to my back bone are being pulled down and it is begening to cause some arthrites in my back bone in the neck area. As time goes on I have done 6 months of physical therapy with some improvment. Understand that I live in a small town in the state of Colorado where this really has not happend much and I have little resources to work with. I have had to live with this for a year and a half now and I im ready to put in the work if that is what it with take to correct this problem. Living with this is a nightmare and I fear i will have to live the rest of my life like this please help me!!!!!!!!!

    • Jeff Gordon Parker

      Hi Lucas,

      Thank you for your comment and questions. I appreciate you sharing your life with me and the blog.

      I’ll send you a personal email with a discount on the course Foam Roll Secrets. I hope your able to take me up on it because it will help the muscle imbalances in the Lats and Chest. Which in turn always effects the neck muscles.

      Like always, consult your doctor before working out. And the course comes with a 60 day guarantee, so please, if it does not work for you even though I think it should help, ask me for you money back… It’s really not a big deal. I want you to feel better, and I’m sorry to hear everything you are going through…

      Again, thank you for sharing Lucas, and you should see a personal email from me soon.

      Jeff

    • Dave

      Lucas,

      I can totally sympathize. I started doing an insane amount of pushups in preparation for Navy boot camp and ended up much more developed on my left side. I am always uncomfortable and the muscles in my right shoulder are always pulling down. I’m always twisting my back and neck trying to crack them and get some momentary relief. I’ve tried everything: chiropractors, physical therapy, orthepedic doctors, and neurologists. Nothing seems to work. Granted, some of these things provide temporary relief, but they haven’t fixed the problem. I’m now 45 years old and have had the problem for 28 years. I hope you have found a solution. Please let me know if you do.

  • John

    I am experiencing the same EXACT symptoms as Cole has mentioned and some of Lucas as well. I too have been lifting since high school freshman year and am now a sophomore in college. I am rather strong and built, but definitley have a lot of work to do on the left side of my body. Recently i have been using the mirrors a lot and working on my form to try and equal out but stll have a long way to go. I have also been playing a lot of basketball to try and get cardio and sprinting into my workouts as well. I have made some progress as to gaining some size and strength to my left side, but it seems like my right grows twice as fast and takes over much of the weight on the barbell even though i concentrate hard on getting it up evenly in all excercises. I also hear clicking in my left shoulder and experience a great deal of pain in it after even a few sets while none at all in my right the whole workout. I also checked my posture how you had said in your video and it seems my left shoulder is forward, dipped down, while my right seems normal. I would really appreciate any tips, information, or videos that would help me get through this bump i cant take this imbalance anymore i have pretty much obssessed myself over it constantly switching back and forth looking at both sides of my body wishing they were even. Thanks a lot Jeff… PLEASE SAVE ME!

  • Louise

    I have a daily ache between my shoulder blades sometimes accompanied by tightness in left arm, tingling in hand and weak little finger. Am wondering if this is a muscle imbalance. Physio has also said my left shoulder blade has become lax. What are good exercises and stretches? Ones I am doing don’t seem to help.

  • Chad

    I have nerve damage in my right leg. I had a surgery done when I was 5 years old. When the cast came off my right leg was dramtically smaller then my left. I tryed to do alot unliteral training. My right calf is smaller too. I tried static holds and one leg calf presses on the legpress. I don’t know if it will ever be that same size what can I do to even my right leg out with my left. I even tried one legged squats sitting in a chair. One exercise that seems to work the best of my right thigh is dumbell step ups. That’s also a functional exercise. I do one leggged leg curls and leg extension on the hammer machines. Is there any hope?

  • Sharon

    On the 3 day work out you recommend “Single Leg Balance”, “Leg Raises”, “Butt Kickers” and I didn’t see where it was listed on how to do these 3.

  • Michael

    Please help me with your website. I can only find videos that explain what a muscle imbalance is. Where are the videos that tell how to fix it. I have lower back pain from a herniated disc and my hips are crooked. My hips tilt to the right.

  • kolby

    am a 21 yr old guy. Ive been lifting for 8 yrs, I am a
    hardgainer, Or a B*tch in the kitchen haha however you see
    it. i weigh 170, and am 6\’ tall. I have developed a pec
    imbalance,and i know why. I had my chiropractor come to the
    gym with me and evaluate my form. He said that my overall
    form on the bench press is ok, the only thing is that as i
    get fatigued when i press the bar up the right side drifts
    up over my right shoulder, making the right shoulder take
    the brunt of the force, all the while at my left side the
    bar stays on the right track, keeping the left pec in
    control. As a result my left pec is perfect in shape, while
    my right is laggin, mainly on the lower outer region, and it
    is also much weeker. My question is what is your opinion on
    how begin correcting this issue. I have heard just
    dumbbells, but i have tried just dumbbells with zero barbell
    for 2 yrs, and no progress. Then some say to stick with BB
    and do perfect form, but wont my left arm take on most the
    weight? Anyways any help would be appreciated Thanks
    Kolby

  • LYNN MCKITTRICK

    THIS GUY IS A GENIOUS. I HAVE ONLY BEEN DOING IS FIRST VIDEO AND I AM SO MUCH BETTER. I CAN\’T BELIEVE IT. I AM A COURT REPORTER AND HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN SOME SERIOUS ACCIDENTS, REQUIRING SURGERY, AND THEN SUBSEQUENT ACCIDENTS. I WOULD BUY ANYTHING HE SELLS. I MIGHT EVEN GO WHERE EVER HE IS AND SEE HIM PERSONALLY.

  • Dave

    Lucas,

    I can totally sympathize. I started doing an insane amount of pushups in preparation for Navy boot camp and ended up much more developed on my left side. I am always uncomfortable and the muscles in my right shoulder are always pulling down. I\’m always twisting my back and neck trying to crack them and get some momentary relief. I\’ve tried everything: chiropractors, physical therapy, orthepedic doctors, and neurologists. Nothing seems to work. Granted, some of these things provide temporary relief, but they haven\’t fixed the problem. I\’m now 45 years old and have had the problem for 28 years. I hope you have found a solution. Please let me know if you do.

  • Jason

    Hello,

    I\’m a 20 year old university student. I spend a lot of time on my computer because of my majors. Leading the some weird left right imbalances. I am left handed and i find my left side very flexible and relaxed, but my right side is very slouched and tense, with the right shoulder pulling towards the front a lot, my neck seems to be pulling towards the right shoulder. (the left muscles on the higher side of the shoulder blades seem to be pushing the spine to the right and the right seems to be pulling the spine in)

    When I did bridges to try and stretch out the front muscles, on my left abdominal muscles seem to be getting the nice long stretch, but the right side feels like it\’s just doing weight lifting or something.

    I\’ve paid a chiropractor to fix me up once, and he charged a \"bajillion\" dollars, it worked for awhile, but being a student, i was unable to afford the continuation of the treatment.
    This problem has now advanced quite a bit and it keeps my up at night tossing and turning (occasionally leading to missing morning classes).

    I would truly appreciate it if you could help me out.
    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Jason T.

  • dean roper

    hi ive noticed just recintly my right side trap+ arm+back 0 are much bigger than my left they look normal when i dont tence but when i do my 1 trap is 3 times the size

  • Michael

    Hi im 18 and i play alot of sports , but these last few months i have began to get lower back pain on my right side from imbalanced muscels im told, i have went to physo over and over again but the pain would only go away for a day or two then it would come right back. Could someone please help me and give me advice please thanks.

  • jeynelle

    Hi there, I entered my email on your website to get access to your videos offered and clicked on the link in the follow-up email you sent me to confirm. While I was redirected back to the same page, I was not able to play the video. And still do not have access to the videos. Could you help look into please.
    Many thanks,
    jeynelle

  • Jeff Gordon Parker
    • misty

      I watched all 3 videos were is the 4 with the exercises and foam roller?

  • Jennie Contreras

    I was expecting to see videos with exercises on how to correct the muscle inbalance. Are those exercises in other videos ? Please advise how to get them.
    Thank you very much, Jennie.

  • Tiffany Holland

    Hello, I’m trying to confirm my subscription to your website and would love education and information on muscle imbalances and corrective exercise techniques and solutions. I have recently aquirred my certification in Personal Training and need all the knowledge I can get to help others.
    I don’t see anywhere to confirm that I am giving you permission to email me. I hope that u will.
    Thank you,
    Tiffany Holland

    • Hi Tiffany

      Yes! Thanks for inquiring!

      I got my training from NASM OPT model. The subject matter on this website is the knowledge I acquired through the CES in the NASM book.

      If there is anything I can do to help, please reach out again! And if you learn something cool you wish to share with the community, feel free to leave a comment about it, and if appropriate, you may be able to write a guest blog post on the site =)

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