So often in life, we favour one side of our body. You may be right-handed, left footed or just generally stronger on one side, due to a lifetime of using that side of your body more. Over time, this can make us ever so slightly imbalanced (or maybe even heavily imbalanced). One way to both identify and treat these imbalances, is with unilateral training. This form of training focuses on single arm or single leg movements where motor and neuromuscular control becomes a big focus. This could be in an exercise like a single arm shoulder press or a lunge. If you are not using unilateral training in your programming, you may be missing out on an opportunity to both heal and challenge your body in new ways.
Unilateral Training helps with:
- Strengthening areas that usually don’t get focused on
- Aid rehabilitation
- Focus on motor and neuromuscular control
- Improving muscle/mind connection and muscle activation
Next time you are in the gym, try adding some unilateral training to your workout. I challenge you to find out where your imbalances are so you can work on improving them!