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
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.
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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.