Hello, wise members of the S&P forum. I was just wondering if any of you could help me out. Here's my situation: My left arm is pretty much paralyzed, but I'm looking to increase my overall strength. Basically, I've always been a "curl-monkey", because I felt that was all I could really do. I'm determined to better myself, however. Lately I've been trying...let's call them "one armed squats and deadlifts". They're not really, they're more like "I'm just screwing around trying to actually lift weights". My home "gym" consists of a dumbbell that can go up to an astounding 40 lbs. (impressive, I know) I've held off from buying a barbell because, while my left arm could be propped onto it, the weight would be resting squarely on my shoulderblade...which I don't even know if that's bad or not. And as far as deadlifts go, I would have to tie my left hand to the bar. (good? bad? impossible? insane?) Please understand, though; I don't care about looking ripped, or mah gunz. That's not what I'm looking for. I'm looking to work hard, get strong, and get better. You know, be the best I can be. I've just been trying to do this myself, but I don't know what the hell I'm doing. Also, the rest of my body (back, shoulders, etc.) is sturdy and fine. So...any advice? Again, I want to work hard and get better.