I guess nobody can help me unless I outline my workout.
As I stated, it's a low-volume progressive intensity workout.
My workouts are broken into push-pull-cardio, 5 days a week. This works out to Monday-push, Tuesday-pull, Wednesday-Cardio/core, Thursday-Push, Friday-Pull.
My weekends are free for recovery. I'm making striding gains, usually increasing weight every monday/tuesday, and up to 12 reps per set by friday. As I said, I expect to peak soon as some muscles are starting to slow in their development.
I have a sheet with a list of target muscle groups, and a good 6-10 excercises per group (with some exceptions), broken down into bar, dumb, and cable/lever machines. I try to do 2-4 excercises per group per day, time permitting. The YMCA in my area has an excellent weight room. I try to randomize my workouts, so that I avoid sticking with one particular type of machine. For example, I'd do 4 major chest exercises, a dumbbell bench press, bar decline, lever incline press, and cable fly's.
Some groups obviously (levators, for example) only have one type of exercise, so I alternate different equipment. (e.g., one set of bar shrugs, one set of dumbbells.).
Although it sounds disorganised, it seems to work very well, I can track my progress accurately, and I'm able to keep the volume and intensity of my workout fairly consistant. When I say I randomize, I mean just that; I usually pick my particular equipment/exercise at that moment in time based on what's open, what I did the previous cycle etc. My workout sheets look messy, but I can understand it :)
My concern is that I don't really have a lot of time to work out. I get 1.5hrs in the morning, (I start at 6-6:30) and I have to include shower, shave, etc and hiking to work immediately afterwards. Evening workouts don't work so well (to tired after work, plus I have school etc.).
I don't want to fall into a regimen of only using dumbbells, since I like the variety. I've found much better results, faster gains, and less sore-arm downtime by varying my workout.
What I've been doing for dumbs is keeping the wieght consistant but watching my weaker arm for form. When I lose form, I stop my reps, even if the other arm has some gas left. When using dumbs, I can see a small amount of disparity left/right, but nowhere on my body is it as pronounced as on my biceps and triceps.
I would assume that eventually things will balance out, I just want to make sure that what I'm doing won't aggravate the issue.