MAINTAINING SYMMETRY: 5 MUST KNOW TIPS

Generation Iron Shawn Rhoden Symmetry

All sides should be created equal.

If you ask any competent bodybuilding competitor or fan they’ll tell you that symmetry ultimately rules the day. It isn’t enough to just have massive size and definition if your body’s muscularity isn’t symmetrical. Judges look out for such flaws. If one side of your body appears considerably more muscular or more developed than the other you better believe that judges are going to take notice.

The idea of symmetry has been an ideological concept for centuries now. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man was a visual realization of what it means to have a symmetrical human body. Obtaining the ultimate “X” body in bodybuilding refers to a few things. The top half of the X forms a V which inherently translates to the V Taper in bodybuilding. The shoulders and arms should match in definition and muscularity tapering down to a slim waist. The bottom half of the X shape represents the lower half of the body, the quads, calves, and upper leg muscles. In order to achieve this symmetry one must be diligent and adhere to a specific training regimen.

[wptouch target=”mobile”]

[/wptouch]
[wptouch target=”non-mobile”]
[/wptouch]

Isolate One Side at a Time

Most people have one dominant arm and leg on the body, the arm that gives a bit my effort than the other while bench pressing, or the leg you rely on to pick up the slack when your muscles are burning during a leg press. If one side of the body is doing a higher percentage of work than the other then it defeats the purpose where symmetry is concerned. A great way to ensure that an even amount of work is being done on both sides of the body is to isolate exercises to one side at a time. Instead of perform ten barbell curls you can for ten dumbbell curls on left side and ten on the right. Be smart about you work out plan and it’ll only pay dividends. We’ve covered this in more detail before – you can check it out here.
.

Maintaining Form

There are mirrors at the gym for a reason. To avoid uneven form you should take the opportunity to get a good look in the mirror while doing your routine. Whether its barbell curls or curls with a dumbbell its always great to get a good look at how you’re performing you exercises. This will pay dividends especially if you do this when you first get started on the road to building your body. The idea is to fix the problem before it ever arises rather than wait until your muscle definition is uneven. Check your technique, tighten it up, and you’ll avoid the lopsided look. Having a great and honest training partner will also be a big help.

[wptouch target=”mobile”]

[/wptouch]
[wptouch target=”non-mobile”]
[/wptouch]

Taking Measurements

The human eye isn’t the most accurate tool of measurement. When trying to achieve a symmetrical body it doesn’t hurt to take some concise measurements in order to get a clear understanding on how much you nee to gain or maintain on your left bicep or if you slow down the leg presses until you get your right leg up to snuff. Using a tape measure and logging your muscle size will save you some time and effort in the gym.
.

Posing Practice

Make no mistake. Posing isn’t just for the competition stage, it can also pay dividends in studying your body’s symmetry. Doing a most muscular in the mirror or taking a picture of the pose can help you see which of your front muscles need to be attended to and which are sound and balanced. Taking a picture of the back double bicep will let you check out your back and shoulder muscles as well as your glutes, hamstrings, and calves. By studying posing photos it’ll give you a clear indication on what should be improved upon. Practicing your poses will make showing off your symmetry during competition a simple task.
.

Having a Consistent Workout Intensity

There’s no getting around it. When its time to work your arm and shoulders you better keep you training intensity at and even keel. Skipping back and leg day when you’re too sore or not putting your time and effort into each lift could prove to be detrimental to your dreams of building a symmetrical body. Don’t rush through your routines or slack off when working multiple muscle group in one day. Sometimes switching the order of how you perform your routines every few cycles will help you bring the same level of intensity to all you muscle groups.

 

So what are you ideas on symmetry? Give us your answer below and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

[wptouch target=”mobile”]

[/wptouch]
[wptouch target=”non-mobile”]
[/wptouch]

SHARE
Jonathan Salmon
Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. He has been writing about bodybuilding, combat sports, and strength sports for over 8 years. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.