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Presley Whippet 13 Feb 2020

An interesting observation. 

I have been doing some offset pull ups recently. I am strongly right handed but find I am performing better with my left arm. Wierd. Is it that my right in the lower position is more effective at providing assistance? 

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Paul Sagar 13 Feb 2020
In reply to Presley Whippet:

Doing a lattice assessment recently I discovered that the fingers on my left hand are stronger than my right, and my left shoulder is much stronger and more stable than my right. Even though I too am right handed. 

No idea why this is. 

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UKB Shark 13 Feb 2020
In reply to Presley Whippet:

Try offsetting them further apart and see if that’s still the case

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AlanLittle 13 Feb 2020
In reply to Paul Sagar:

When I did a lot of trad climbing I had better endurance on the left. Given a choice, one will tend to fiddle with gear with the dominant hand while holding on with the other hand.

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Alkis 14 Feb 2020
In reply to AlanLittle:

> When I did a lot of trad climbing I had better endurance on the left. Given a choice, one will tend to fiddle with gear with the dominant hand while holding on with the other hand.

That, plus when indoor climbing the route setters will favour their dominant hand a lot of the time, resulting in loads of left lock off moves with the right reaching.

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Paul Sagar 14 Feb 2020
In reply to AlanLittle:

That would rather explain things, yes!

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TheCorbusian 14 Feb 2020
In reply to Alkis:

so true. not only this - I've noticed there are far more right trending problems/routes than the other way!

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Ceiriog Chris 14 Feb 2020
In reply to Alkis:

Never thought about that before, makes sense

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deepsoup 14 Feb 2020
In reply to AlanLittle:

> Given a choice, one will tend to fiddle with gear with the dominant hand while holding on with the other hand.

The same applies in life more generally whenever there's a task that involves applying a bit of brute force whilst doing something more dexterous.  You hold the shears in your dominant hand, wrestle the sheep with the other one.

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Paul Sagar 14 Feb 2020
In reply to deepsoup:

Except that is the opposite of what has been described?

i think what you mean is: whatever the harder task is, dominant hand does that

placing gear: hardest task is dexterity, so you hold on with the weaker hand 

shearing sheep: hardest task is holding the angry sheep, so you hold that with your dominant hand and hack away at it with the other

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deepsoup 14 Feb 2020
In reply to Paul Sagar:

> i think what you mean is: whatever the harder task is, dominant hand does that

No, that's exactly what I don't mean.  You're conflating "needs more strength" with "needs more precision" and just calling both "harder".

There are all sorts of tasks that need strength and precision to be applied at the same time.  As a right-handed motor mechanic you lift the part into place with both hands then hold it there with your left hand while you fiddle the nuts and bolts into place with the right.

> placing gear: hardest task is dexterity, so you hold on with the weaker hand 

It's precisely the point of the OP that what you're referring to there as the "weaker hand" here often turns out to be stronger than the other one.  If you have a strongly dominant hand you use that hand to manipulate the gear because it's more dexterous - it has better fine motor control not greater strength. 

The non-dominant hand has a lifetime of experience of squeezing things together while the other one puts the clip on, pushing open the door while the other carries the cup of tea, lifting up one corner of the wobbly pub table while the other one pops a beer mat under the foot etc..

> shearing sheep: hardest task is holding the angry sheep, so you hold that with your dominant hand and hack away at it with the other

I admit I have never sheared a sheep, but this just isn't true is it?  Right handed sheep shearers hold the shears in their right hand don't they?

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alx 14 Feb 2020
In reply to Presley Whippet:

No. one cause is looking at left handed websites.

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Paul Sagar 15 Feb 2020
In reply to deepsoup:

Ah i see. Fair play. Seems right. 

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