Alright so I get this question a LOT from new clients. Here's the breakdown and the solution:
Client: "Celeste my left side seems to be so much weaker than my right!"
Me: "alright so there's a lot of different ways we can go about this..."
Me: I'm gunna start with one non training specific and get into training specific solutions ready?
1.Start carrying more things with your left side (simple lil thing to start now and use always)
2. When lifting we are going to change your program up a bit. I am going to give you alternating exercises. So you'll be starting with one side while the other side does nothing. (Ex: bicep curls left arm then bicep curls right arm=1 total set)
3. When you do this you are ALWAYS going to start with the weaker side. (Some times our left arm is weaker but left leg is stronger so take note and ALWAYS start with weaker side--simple)
ℹ️why? When you start with the weaker side you are able to determine the rep range so that you don't do more on the right side. (Ex: if you started on right side doing bicep curls and right side is stronger you may hit the top of your rep range of 12-15 and hit 15 reps but when you switch to left you can barely even get 12 so now it's uneven and your right is all yeah im cool and your left is still suffering. Not cool. Leads to imbalance. No Bueno. Fix? Weak side first!)
4. If you notice you cannot even hit 12 reps (if rep range is 12-15) on weak side then LOWER THE WEIGHT. Even if it is easier on the right it allows your right to still be conditioned but gives time for left to catch up.
5. Okay so let's say we are doing squats or barbell bench press or other movements where you need to be planted and using both at same time.
Obviously we aren't going to start pushing more with the weak side and less with the strong side (if a trainer tells you to do this run the other way) instead we need to find the balance.
This means lower the weight until you find yourself pushing EVENLY on both sides.
(Watch the bar path if it looks like / and not - something is wrong). Keep in mind your weak side will fatigue faster soo you be mindful that the bar can look like this - and not / and the weak side can still feel it more (this is positive growth is occurring)
6. This part is much more personalized based on the person BUT their could actually be a serious muscle imbalance. In this case... We need to find the weakness and address it. Example: if you're like OMG my quads are soooo strong but my hamstrings are weak and you are like my back fudgin hurts. Then you are quad dominant. This means more hamstring work (and other specific stretches and band work and more correction exercises which like I said is very specific to the person)
7. There are ALWAYS solutions to these types of things, do NOT give up hope or SUCCUMB to the "weakness" of your body. It doesn't have to be that way. So don't trap yourself into thinking "my left side will always be weaker" because it DOES NOT HAVE TO BE! Think about balance, mobility, strength, and health. Positive, growth mindset will lead to positive growth.
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Okay so some people are going to think this is crazy but I feel VERY compelled to share, even if it is in a very weird and slightly nerdy way to empower you today...
Background before: I am a student of Dietetics and that makes me a science major which means I literally take sooo many science courses so that is why I am in this class...
In my microbiology class we are learning a LOT about bacteria of course.
And I was reading about something called Anthrax.
Now I am not here to give you a complete rundown of ALL things microbio or Anthrax but let me share with you how this can relate to your life and empower you (strange I know)
Anyways, anthrax is not something the naked eye can see however it is a LARGE bacterium.
It thrives in moist soil and animals which graze for feeding are at most risk.
Like I said this lil invisible sucker is frikkin POWERFUL okay!?
And when it enters the system it literally floods the bloodstream with toxins and because it is consistent of amino acids the immune system doesn't even activate a protective response right away!
This means that this lil bacterium is growing, replicating, spreading, and releasing all of these toxins which eventually takes over the host and leads to death.
Stay with me here... trust me on this message
Anthrax can infect humans as well
Not only can one become infected by touching infected animals, or even the hides of animals (yes the bacterium lives through that), but it can lead to sepsis if eaten from undercooked food with the bacterium, ANDDD the MOST surprising one, you can get this from inhaling it, yep just breathing it in.
The infection which enters through a cut and sometimes go into the bloodstream but usually a visible sign appears and can be treated by antibiotics mortality rate below 20%
The infection which enters through eating is extremely dangerous and mortality is usually about 50%
The infection which enters through BREATHING it in is literally SO powerful. One whif and it enters your lungs, makes its way to the bloodstream, does what I described earlier, and leaves someone feeling like they have a common cold.
When this person visits the doctor antibiotics usually are NOT prescribed!! WHY?! Because there is not enough to actually show up YET!
Then within 2-3 days of that visit, it is TOO late, over tens of millions of these little fudgers have infected, flooded, and taken over your system. There is nothing that can be done at this point and mortality goes as high to actually say 100%
Yep…100% chance of death
Because it couldn’t be stopped
It was felt, but it wasn’t seen or known
It started as this little (big) bacterium and grew into tens of thousands of binding proteins attaching toxins to cells and completely taking over the host…
NOW you are probably wondering, where the heck is Celeste Going with this?
As strange as it may sound…
In life, in achieving your goals, in putting out a message, in being yourself, in loving yourself, in all of these happenings, you may feel small, you may feel invisible, you may be fearful of easy defeat, you may think it could all fall through the cracks, you may think it is all going to come crashing down.
Let me tell you right now…
That bacteria is unseen, it is invisible, it can’t be stopped when it is relentless in its purpose (yes I know the bacteria itself is sad and harmful and totally undesirable but just consider this)
Despite that it is all of those things, that frikkin bacteria persists, relentlessly, continuously, and even rapidly, without even realizing it, it takes over the frikkin host, and it destroys anything that gets in its way
Sometimes in life, you are going to feel invisible, or like you haven’t got what it takes, or no one notices the effort, or you’re not doing enough, or you won’t make it because you are being ignored.
WELL GUESS F%^$ing WHAT?!
When you RELEASE and you step into your POWER and full POTENTIAL…
You can literally accomplish everything you set out to do and take over the frikkin host.
Your host may be emotion
Your host may be scarcity
Your host may be self-doubt
Your host may be haters
Your host may be the weight you have been wanting to lose or gain
Your host may be the immense amount of self-loathe infecting your body
Your host may be your dwindling confidence
Your host may be your lack of self worth
WHATEVER THE HELL YOUR HOST SEEMS TO BE, YOU HAVE THE POWER TO TAKE IT TO EM AND SHUT THAT SHIT DOWN.
Be intentional, be relentless, and just know that however your power shows up be it touching the world, having an audience eat you up, or just being present and having people literally breathe your relentless ‘Hey world, I got this and nothing can stand in my way’ energy, YOU WILL SHOW UP, YOU WILL BE SEEN, AND YOU WILL FRIKKIN DOMINATE.
*The host can and will win if you let it....
So don't let it win, not now, not ever
Because you are so much more powerful than that
And you KNOW deep inside, you are capable, that is why you want it, that is why you desire it, your mind and your soul knows you are frikkin capable...
Now Go, You are not too small, you are not invisible, your power is within you, and now it is your job to spread it, sprinkle it, and release it to the world...Infect us with your light, infect us with your accomplishments, infect your world with your dreams, and crush anything that gets in your way.
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