BY ADAM KNUEPPEL
Training limbs individually, rather than engaging both sides together, is a popular and highly beneficial technique. Unilateral exercises are now widely recognized as an important part of any strength-training routine.
When it comes to our bodies, typically one side is more dominant. This, in turn, causes imbalances all over the body layering in to all the body systems, not just the muscular system.
One way to prevent those imbalances is to incorporate unilateral training. Unilateral training is movement that’s produced by one limb. Therefore, instead of using two limbs to lift an object, you only use one. Take a squat for example: usually it is done with two legs, but if you try to squat on one leg then you will see how much more difficult and challenging it can be.
Unilateral movements are more challenging because they involve core stabilization, balance and strength in order for the body to move more cohesively as one unit. So, if you are curious to know how or what to do for a unilateral movement, don’t hesitate to ask a trainer. You may be surprised with the effectiveness of these movements.
Adam Knueppel is a personal trainer at Razor Sharp Fitness. Learn more at razorsharpfit.com.