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Old 02-10-09, 06:24 PM   #1
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left leg is stronger than right

My left leg is considerably stronger than my right. Is this fairly common? Perhaps it is from all my years playing basketball where I tended to jump off my left leg going in for a layup.

Should I try to compensate by working the weak leg with more reps when I do resistance training such as lunges, calf raises or step ups? Or work each leg to exhaustion? Or should I do the same number of reps with both sides?
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How much longer is the left leg.

If you have a leg length difference, then you can put something under your innersole
to bring the legs closer to equal. You don't need to make up the whole difference.

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Old 02-10-09, 08:57 PM   #3
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Surprised the hell out of me when I discovered the same thing. Left leg is moderately stronger than my right (and I am right-handed and no issue with leg length discrepancy)
I do single leg presses to try and work each to the best of their ability. Otherwise I don't think much more about it. I wouldn't work one "more" than the other. Just work them to their capacity.

My right is clearly my "favored" leg as I always start a sprint, jump out of the saddle or anything else beginning with my right.

BTW this is very common with body builders arms. Their dominant (favored) arm is usually not as large as the less dexterous arm. That less dexterous arm compensates by getting stronger/bigger to handle the same function/movements.
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I've never noticed any difference in the length of either leg.
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Surprised the hell out of me when I discovered the same thing. Left leg is moderately stronger than my right (and I am right-handed and no issue with leg length discrepancy)
I do single leg presses to try and work each to the best of their ability. Otherwise I don't think much more about it. I wouldn't work one "more" than the other. Just work them to their capacity.

My right is clearly my "favored" leg as I always start a sprint, jump out of the saddle or anything else beginning with my right.

BTW this is very common with body builders arms. Their dominant (favored) arm is usually not as large as the less dexterous arm. That less dexterous arm compensates by getting stronger/bigger to handle the same function/movements.
Right. Another reason is most everyone has a slight leg length difference. Take all these factors and multiply them by 20, 30, 40+ years of use, and one leg gets stronger.
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If you drive stick, you get one leg that is ridiculous compared to the other. My entire left leg is significantly more muscular. I've been doing right leg only lifts and it is evening out.
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My right calf is 3" bigger than the left. I went for an MRI of my back and one or two of my vertebrae are pushing into my spinal cord. Further investigation is needed.
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If you drive stick, you get one leg that is ridiculous compared to the other. My entire left leg is significantly more muscular. I've been doing right leg only lifts and it is evening out.
Hmm. I have driven a stick from day one. But I doubt it has much to do with my left leg being stronger. Now I once drove an older Ferrari (an ex-GF's fathers way back during my college years) that had a spring loaded clutch (designed I think to keep the plate from slipping and not waste any power)

Anyway you would depress and then WHAM, that clutch pedal would kick back at you. THAT was a workout when driving in the city.
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Hmm. I have driven a stick from day one. But I doubt it has much to do with my left leg being stronger. Now I once drove an older Ferrari (an ex-GF's fathers way back during my college years) that had a spring loaded clutch (designed I think to keep the plate from slipping and not waste any power)

Anyway you would depress and then WHAM, that clutch pedal would kick back at you. THAT was a workout when driving in the city.
It doesn't seem like it would, but it makes a big difference. My brother had a 3000GT VR-4 that had an insane clutch like that. I think it's necessary when the car produces so much power.
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My brother had a 3000GT VR-4 that had an insane clutch like that. I think it's necessary when the car produces so much power.
That's EXACTLY what I drive (3000GT VR4) but the clutch is hydraulic. There is no spring-loaded mechanism that rockets it back to you like that old Ferrari.

BTW I get grief for having roof racks (and bike carrier) on the roof. Been told it's an abomination by 3k purists. :-)
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One legged pedaling. I have one leg very slightly longer than the other, and one leg significantly bigger than the other. The big leg has more trouble doing OLP than the smaller leg. But I think the OLP helps.
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Surprised the hell out of me when I discovered the same thing. Left leg is moderately stronger than my right (and I am right-handed and no issue with leg length discrepancy)
I do single leg presses to try and work each to the best of their ability. Otherwise I don't think much more about it. I wouldn't work one "more" than the other. Just work them to their capacity.

My right is clearly my "favored" leg as I always start a sprint, jump out of the saddle or anything else beginning with my right.

BTW this is very common with body builders arms. Their dominant (favored) arm is usually not as large as the less dexterous arm. That less dexterous arm compensates by getting stronger/bigger to handle the same function/movements.
Are you saying you work use more weight with your stronger leg than your weaker leg ?

if so I'd advise against it if your trying to bring up a muscular imbalance.... train your strong leg with the same weight as your weak one until the weak one catches up
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That's EXACTLY what I drive (3000GT VR4) but the clutch is hydraulic. There is no spring-loaded mechanism that rockets it back to you like that old Ferrari.

BTW I get grief for having roof racks (and bike carrier) on the roof. Been told it's an abomination by 3k purists. :-)
Oh, cool car, man. The twin turbos were ridiculous. I guess the previous owner of his had a racing clutch or something.
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Should I try to compensate by working the weak leg with more reps when I do resistance training such as lunges, calf raises or step ups? Or work each leg to exhaustion? Or should I do the same number of reps with both sides?
Yes and no. Good answers would be specific to you, not easy to form one over the Internet.

In general keeping your focus on "balanced" strokes during hard efforts is the best you can do. Various techniques to "train" one leg by adjusting reps or resistance could be a good or bad idea. But working limbs individually for good form and control is always a good idea.
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Powercranks would probably solve your imbalance problem.

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My left leg is considerably stronger than my right. Is this fairly common? Perhaps it is from all my years playing basketball where I tended to jump off my left leg going in for a layup.

Should I try to compensate by working the weak leg with more reps when I do resistance training such as lunges, calf raises or step ups? Or work each leg to exhaustion? Or should I do the same number of reps with both sides?
the best way to figure out your personal workings and how to be most efficient would be to go to a gym, and talk to a personal trainer. you wont get the same results from talking to a bunch of non-professional fitness gurus over the web
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