I’ve received a whole slew of emails from folks looking to even out uneven muscles. From uneven pecs to uneven biceps, many of us have some degree of asymmetry in our bodies. A little asymmetry is completely normal – but if there are obvious unbalances, it’s easy to take action and correct things.
The solution is simple: Opt for dumbbells. There’s nothing fancy or magic about it. Unlike machines or even barbells, there is no way for your stronger side to compensate for your weaker side. When doing a bench press, for example, it’s possible to compromise form, shift the weight and favor the strong side. With dumbbells, it’s impossible to redistribute the weight.
Moreover, you may want to train the weaker side a bit more than the stronger side – until things even out. After you perform a set, do a few additional reps on the smaller side. This will help your weaker side play catch-up.
Replacing your barbell or machine exercises with dumbbell training is an easy and simple way to gain better body symmetry.