Coaching these #legends today in our regular Friday morning small group session with a focus on building unilateral strength.
In life much of human movement is unilateral. Walking climbing, running. Writing, cooking, cleaning, gardening etc. it’s natural for us all to have a good side, a strong side, a preferred side. We all have discrepancies in strength, mobility, or activation between the left and right, front and back of the body.
Having spent a lot of time in gyms I’ve seen the bilateral exercises like squats and deadlifts get a lot of attention and yes those exercises help develop overall strength and power. However
unilateral training addresses the unique imbalances we all carry. Single-limb and single side movements help develop strong, balanced, and injury-free bodies.
Research indicates that functional balance activities are progressive, low skilled and should be added to strength and conditioning programs to enhance any kind of program effectiveness. They also develop functional postural activation
by engaging the transverse abdominis (the side stomach muscles) and multifidus (the small muscles down the vertebrae in the spine). These combined muscle groups are not only required for athletic pursuits but most activities of daily living too. Theses abdominal and spinal muscles must engage subconsciously before a limb is placed into a functional position. Based on the kinetic chain of the body, if the core is functioning properly, the rest of the body follows which assists in optimal force production and ultimately injury prevention.(Oliver St al. 2009) 📧 firstname.lastname@example.org for small group and individual coaching in the flesh or online or both .
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