When Training One Leg (or Arm) is Better Than Two

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on December 14, 2012

I first got serious about unilateral training—that is, working with one arm or leg at a time—last year, after ankle surgery took my right leg out of commission for three months.

During that period I was determined to do everything possible not to gain fat or get out of shape. So twice a week when my husband drove me to the gym, I did everything a person with one working lower limb could do: leg presses, knee extensions, knee curls and so on—with my left leg only.

That might sound pointless. You’d think that the functional leg or arm would get disproportionately strong while the injured one got weaker. Not so: Exercising a single limb actually helps its twin. And it turns out there are good reasons to work one leg or arm at a time, even if neither one is injured. Let’s look at what unilateral training can do for you. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE.