Are you ready to level up your workout routine? Let's talk about the difference between bilateral and unilateral exercises!
Bilateral exercises are when you're working both sides of your body at the same time, like a squat or deadlift. On the other hand, unilateral exercises involve working one side of your body at a time, like a single leg deadlift or lunges. Both types of exercises have their own unique benefits, so let's dive in!
First off, bilateral exercises are great for overall muscle activation and recruitment, which can lead to some serious gains in muscle mass and strength. Plus, they can give your cardiovascular system a solid workout, improving your overall health and let's not forget, bilateral exercises also help with weight-loss and anxiety - both sides of your body working together is a beautiful thing!
But don't write off unilateral exercises just yet! They're great for improving balance and stability, as your body has to work harder to maintain balance on one leg. Additionally, unilateral exercises target muscle development and imbalances correction, so you can make sure both sides of your body are equally strong.
Now, just like any workout, there are some risks to keep in mind. Bilateral exercises can sometimes lead to muscle imbalances and asymmetries if one side of the body is weaker than the other and unilateral exercises are a great way to improve those imbalances.
In conclusion, if you're just starting your fitness journey, coming back from injury or just concerned about getting injured -I would recommend doing a primarily unilateral workout program to start. If you have previous injuries, if you feel pain or discomfort while doing the exercise or if you are not able to perform the movement with proper form and technique, consider getting professional help. A fitness professional can help you determine if an exercise is appropriate for you, teach you proper form, and make modifications if needed.