Imbalance in Teres major

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    Scott Schmidel
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    Hey guy’s, I’m noticing that there is a big side to side difference in teres major muscles, left side bigger than right. The upper trap on the right side that has the weak teres is bigger and apparently taking over during movements.
    How do I get after this? Thanks

    #18849
    Scott Schmidel
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    Hi guy’s just wanted to bump this.. the real question is what is the best way to isolate teres major?

    #18874
    BryceBahm
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    Teres major acts in the humerus pulling it toward the scapula. You’d want to isolate this idea. I like to use both the traps and the upper back in a rhythmic pattern personally. Best examples is an upper back row or a wide grip Pulldown. Imbalances are tough man. The reality is that no one is completely symmetrical and that never will happen. Our internal organs are imbalanced, so it’s likely tough to have an external appearance or symmetry knowing that.

    #18876
    Scott Schmidel
    Participant

    Thank you for your feedback. I will start to incorporate more of the exercises you suggested in my routine.
    Haven’t seen much of the wide pulldowns on the site. Would it be elbows flared in that case? Overhand grip or neutral?

    #18879
    BryceBahm
    Participant

    Wider grip / wider bar. Any comfortable grip
    Is suitable. Your humerus ideally should be circling in toward your shoulder blades

    #19026
    Joe
    Keymaster

    Thank you for your feedback. I will start to incorporate more of the exercises you suggested in my routine.
    Haven’t seen much of the wide pulldowns on the site. Would it be elbows flared in that case? Overhand grip or neutral?

    What Bryce said. The only thing worth adding is to look at isolated internal/external rotation. Compare side to side. If you have large differences in ROM or control on one side, start spending more time working on end range control/quality of movement there. Daily. (Like with activations/isometrics)

    #19028
    Scott Schmidel
    Participant

    thanks guys will begin implementing these soon as I get better. I pulled something in the back teres area while trying a too close too externally rotated deadlift and that’s why I’m finally looking at this imbalance.

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