View Full Version : Any weightlifters with scoliosis out there?

06-07-2015, 12:33 PM
I'm not necessarily talking about pro or competitive weightlifters or bodybuilders. But I just wanted to seek advice from anyone who has scoliosis and goes to the gym and does serious weight training. Up until recently, in what little weight training I've done, I've always felt like my right side was developing more than my left, so I've had the tendency to train with slightly more weight on my left side. For example, when doing dumbbell curls, I would do it with 25 lb. on the left arm and 20 lb on the right arm. Recently another guy I know who has scoliosis told me that he doesn't do that, he just does both sides like a straight-spined person would do.

I've asked personal trainers in the past, and explained to them my logic behind compensating with heavier weight on one side. They usually either do not endorse that method, or they don't know what to tell me, since they're just personal trainers, not scoliosis specialists. If there's another scoliosis patient out there who is also fairly successful at weight training (has successfully built strength and sculpted a good physique), maybe you could give me some pointers? I want to build myself up, but I don't want to look lopsided due to the scoliosis.

06-09-2015, 08:07 AM
I have been lifting with scoliosis for years. I'm not a bodybuilder, I just try to keep in shape. My right side latissimus dorsi is more developed than the left, my left shoulder blade sinks in and down while doing back work instead of pushing out like normal so I'm unable to do any heavy back work other than chin-ups and pull-ups. The shoulder blade gives some pain if I'm not careful. Because of the weaker left side of my back my left bicep takes up the slack and is bigger than the right, otherwise everything else is evenly developed. I'm sure the outcome will be different depending on how severe your scoliosis is. Mine is moderate and is right between my shoulder blades.