The Issue: Uneven Lats
It’s not uncommon for guys to have one latissimus dorsi muscle, or lat, that’s longer than the other, says Norman. Keeping them uneven, however, can cause shoulder problems, low back issues, and put extra stress on your neck and spine. Find out if your lats are balanced: Hang on a pull-up bar with knees bent 90 degrees – if you naturally rotate to the right or left, then one side is dominating the other.
Stretch out the dominant (or tight) lat regularly to help balance your back. Lunge forward with left leg, left knee bent to 90 degrees, and bring right knee to floor. Extend right arm overhead, left arm down and beside left knee. Reach right arm to left, hinging from hips. Hold 15 seconds; release. [Bonus: This move also stretches hip flexors.]Back to top