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Should one be able to even out musculature on a weaker limb faster by hitting it harder with more weight/reps?

Asked by lucillelucillelucille (31588points) 1 month ago

I was told to continue with the same workout with the same reps and weights but why couldn’t this be fast-tracked by using more weight or reps on the weaker limb, to catch up?

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Coolhandluke's avatar

I don’t see a reason not to. I’m right handed so naturally I use it more and that makes my left arm weaker. I usually try to squeeze one more rep in on my left side. I purposely did this when I first started lifting and it worked for me.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Coolhandluke -That is exactly what I am talking about. I asked my chiropractor this Q and he told me to keep it even.I need to push him for an explanation next time I see him.
I see no harm in doing a few more reps to build up the weaker limb.

Coolhandluke's avatar

I’m guessing your chiro doesn’t lift…

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Coolhandluke -Actually, I think Dr. Handsome does lift.

Coolhandluke's avatar

It’s the same thing as doing iso-lifts. Isolating certain muscle groups when they’re lacking. Machines are great for isolating muscles. If your entire left arm is lacking, isolate it.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Coolhandluke -Now here is the thing. I have MS which is a disease of the coating around your nerves (myelin)
When the immune system attacks the myelin, it will leave spots on this coating which compromises nerve conduction.Kind of like an electrical wire that was chewed by a bitey rabbit. -lol
So with this in mind, I wonder just how much one can get past this to gain more muscle and is there a limit to it caused by the nerve damage? am i explaining that well?
I am sure that the extent of the nerve damage factors in but can one get past it by force to significantly rebuild?
I am able to walk (I do limp) and my legs look “even” at first glance but I can tell difference.
I suppose I will just have t do it and take measurements.
I just want an answer NOW. :D

Coolhandluke's avatar

Anything you do extra will build more muscle, it’s just science and makes sense.

You say nerve damage. Have you enough damage that you can’t feel pain in certain areas? Just making sure you know that when you’re lifting too much you’re not hurting yourself.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Coolhandluke -Yes, I feel pain.The damage has compromised my gait (dancing too)
The heaviest weights I use are only 20 lb dumbbells. I pyramid the sets., going with a 10 lb weight for 15 reps,15 pound weight for 14 reps, then 20 lbs for 13 reps for each exercise for legs.

Coolhandluke's avatar

I envy you doing this through the pain!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Coolhandluke – The only pain I have is if I drop a weight.
I blast the music to drown out my screams.

Coolhandluke's avatar

Hopefully not YOUR music.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Coolhandluke – Definitely my music
I don’t fuck around

Coolhandluke's avatar

I don’t even know what to say to you any more.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Coolhandluke—Because you are out of breath from dancing, I’m sure.

Coolhandluke's avatar

My eyes have rolled so much today I’m dizzy.

Coolhandluke's avatar

Call me Phil Collins because I can’t dance. If I did however, it wouldn’t be to that. Barf.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Coolhandluke Your secret’s safe with me

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