Bilateral Vs. Unilateral Training

Thursday, June 08, 2017. Author Paul Rose

Squat (bilateral) and split squat (unilateral)

I often get asked something along the lines of: “Shall I do a bicep curl or dumbbell curl?”…”Are squats and deadlifts enough to strengthen the lower body?”… “ I don’t enjoy dumbbell exercises because I can’t go heavy, can I just do barbell exercises instead?”

In this article, I want to try and provide a brief look at some key points as to why both unilateral and bilateral exercises need to be understood, and how they are earnest tools in your arsenal to consider when optimising your training routine.

So what do the terms bilateral and unilateral mean?


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