Weightlifting & Exercise/Biceps / Triceps


Hello Karen,

I hope you can please help me?

Briefly, I'm a 33 year old female and I have been following a book/video by Joyce Vedral called the Bone Building workout.

I use weights up to 5kg each weight (dumbbell) but what I have noticed is that the bicep of my dominant arm (right) is not as muscular as my left.

I have done a bit of research and have read that I should increase the weight of the dominant arm (right) because it is used more often.  I know it doesn't seem to make sense but it has to because that is the way my body is reacting to the weights I am using.

Have you heard of this?  Would you be able to give me any advice to even my biceps out with the weights and the workout I'm following?!

I do basic curls and concentration curls only which would be 3 sets as follows:-

Left arm
1 set 12 reps 1.5kg
1 set 10 reps 2.5kg
1 set 8 reps 4kg

Right arm
1 set 12 reps 2.5kg
1 set 10 reps 4kg
1 set 8 reps 5kg

I have been doing this for about a month and haven't seen much change yet.

Thank you.


I'm not certain what the difference between your arms is.  Is your dominant arm soft and squishy? Is the muscle small and tight? Sometimes the insertion points for a muscle is different from left to right. That would cause a different look in the arm.

The weights you are doing will take time to make a difference.  If the muscle is firm then there is no issue.  Let me know.

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