Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Unilateral Training - Imbalances

We all have muscle imbalances.   My right bicep is bigger than my left.  My left tricep is bigger than my right.   None of us are perfect.   However, more than slight imbalances can lead to injury.  Muscle imbalances can also stall your progress in lifting.

Unilateral training will help an imbalanced muscle group, which is using separate but equal weights on each side of the body.  Unilateral training with dumbbells forces the muscles to work independently.  Bilateral training such as barbells and many machine exercises use both sides to lift the weight (a single weight).  (Admit it:  every now and then, you KNOW one side is doing more of the work than the other is.) 

In order to develop more balance between left and right side you should use dumbbells in your compound moves.   Examples of unilateral compound moves:  dumbbell bench press, dumbbell shoulder press, dumbbell bent over row.  

Alternate between bilateral and unilateral exercises into your compound move to improve muscle imbalances and take your fitness to the next level.

Stay tuned…………..

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