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How do I strengthen my slightly weaker left arm during Back and Biceps?
For some reason I don't remember it being much of a problem during my first go-round with P90X, but ever since then, including following finishing both P90X2 and just recently Insanity, my apparently slightly weaker left arm (I'm right-handed, in case you couldn't figure that out) appears to be holding back my right arm during the Back and Biceps workout. Not that my right arm isn't getting a workout with the weight being used, but I feel it could handle probably 5 lbs. more, while my left arm is giving out near the end of the workout, so much so that I'm having trouble hanging onto the barbel. (My forearm in particular gets so "exhausted" that not only do I end up having a little trouble holding the weight, I also have trouble gripping the pull-up bar during pull-ups, chin-ups, etc.)

I know I can't be the first to have this issue come up. That being the case, what is the best way of strengthening my left arm (including in particular my forearm) so that it starts catching up with my right arm so that hopefully, in the not-too-distant future I'll be able to move BOTH arms up to a higher weight than I've been mostly stuck at the last several months? Is it as simple as going "old-school" with a "gripper" or "squeezer" (or whatever it's called; where you squeeze the handle together and then release within your hand...you know what I'm talking about, right?) in my left hand every now and then (perhaps a couple times daily) to built up the strength in my left forearm so that my left arm as a whole can get stronger and then hopefully eventually mostly catch up to my right arm?

Thanks in advance for any help/advice! I'm ready to move past my plateau!

Joel
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Seriously...no one else has experienced this? I do want to add that my B&B session yesterday WAS better than last time around, but near the end of the workout my left forearm was still giving out, so much so that I almost couldn't grip the barbell during the strip sets at the end. Any tips from anyone? Anything?
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You can do forearm curls with a light weight if you dont have the gripper. But you should also think about using two different sized weights. Lighter on the right until your left catches up. If you push your right as hard as your left your right will always be more powerful. But dont forget your dominate arm will almost always be stronger. But if its all about your forearm do forearm curls, they work awesome.
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Hey shoemkr,
It's not unusual to have diparity between dom/non-dom limbs. When using barbells however, the more dominate side tends to "pull along" the less dominant side. I suggest using dumbells more often where applicable. Also, set aside maybe an extra set of left side only exercises. You mention grip weakness, forearm curls as previously posted but also Squeezing a spalding ball(rubber ball), old tennis ball. Place a 5lb weight on the end of a towel, using only your left hand from the wrist to fingers pull to towel towards you in bunches, kinda walking the fingers to pull the towel and weight towards you.
Usually over consistant time and effort, the disparity become less but, hardly ever disappears entirely.
Just some ideas. Best wishes for success. If you ever have any other questions you think I can help with, drop me a message. I'll drop you a buddy invite.
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Thank you both for your responses. I'll definitely have to try the forearm curls, as well as possibly the other options you noted, Owen. Not that y'all have mentioned them I vaguely recall hearing of these options before, but somehow they just weren't coming to mind. I'll try and post back the results. (By the way, I should've said dumbbells, not barbells, as I only use the former, not the latter.)

Thanks again!

Joel
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