Let’s talk about bilateral lower body training versus unilateral lower body training. More simply, what’s better: a regular squat, or a single-legged squat? Why would we do one over the other? When should we do it?
- Bilateral exercises:
- use both limbs together (both legs at once, in the lower body example)
- are more stable exercises
- allow for more weight to be used
- can allow the body to develop/nurture imbalances
- Unilateral exercises:
- use one limb at a time (one leg, in this example)
- challenges the balance and stability of the muscles, therefore improving balance and stability
- will highlight any imbalances between sides of the body
- are arguably more functional, as we do many activities throughout the day unilaterally (walking, for example, is a one-legged activity – we are always on one leg)
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One of my focuses is to ensure that your body is not only strong, but entirely stable and balanced. With each client, I begin with stabilization exercises to do so! This way, we are not building fitness on top of imbalanced muscles (which can lead to discomfort, pain, and injury if not addressed – none of the things we want!!)
Can I help you with your fitness and maximize the time you are spending on it – pushing hard enough to be most effective and efficient – but not so hard that you have pain and injury? Developing the formal understanding here can keep you healthy and active for many, many years!
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