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Are Unilateral Exercises More Effective Than Bilateral Exercises?

Mullican, Kurt BS; Nijem, Ramsey MS, CSCS

Section Editor(s): Galpin, Andrew J. PhD, CSCS, NCSA-CPT

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 1 - p 68–70
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000181
Columns: Point/Counterpoint
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ABSTRACT BILATERAL (MEANING BOTH LIMBS) EXERCISES HAVE A SIGNIFICANT HISTORICAL FOOTHOLD, YET THEIR UNILATERAL (MEANING 1 LIMB AT A TIME) ALTERNATIVES HAVE RECENTLY BEEN LABELED MORE EFFECTIVE BY NUMEROUS RESEARCHERS AND COACHES. THIS COLUMN PROVIDES A DISCUSSION OF THE SCIENTIFIC AND PRACTICAL MERITS OF THESE CLAIMS.

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1Barbell Shrugged, Lebanon, Tennessee; and

2Sacramento Kings, Sacramento, California

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The purpose of the Point/Counterpoint Column is to provide a respectful and balanced discussion in relation to controversial or current topics in the fields of strength and conditioning, nutrition, and human performance.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

COLUMN EDITOR: Andrew J. Galpin, PhD, CSCS, NCSA-CPT

Kurt Mullicanis the Head Weightlifting Coach of “Flight Weightlifting” of Barbell Shrugged and the Owner and Head Coach of IMA CrossFit.

Ramsey Nijemis an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Sacramento Kings.

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