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Fit Tip: Work One Sided

As a Pilates instructor, my job was always to help people move more symmetrically so this fit tip is a little counterintuitive to me, but I love it anyway.

Once a month, deconstruct your weight routine and work one side of your body at a time. Instead of doing your standing bicep curls or overhead presses simultaneously, split them up. Work the right arm for 10 reps and then the left side for the same; doing so will make your core work to keep you balanced since you're working asymmetrically. Do single-leg squats, too, and hold only one hand weight when performing lunges. Be sure to switch hands halfway through your reps though — you only want to push the asymmetry concept so far. Working unilaterally will also help improve your coordination. Plus, it is always wise to shake up your routine every once in a while to keep your gym experience fresh.


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
this is something that i've always tried to do - and it DOES make sense if you think about it. a lot of people think that if they are able to do both sides at the same time, they will be able to get a few more things into the routine, but if you do one side at a time and do it right, you'll probably start to see better results faster.
metfanl metfanl 8 years
I also sometimes use uneven weights for exercises to work on symmetry. So, if you're doing chest presses on the bench, for example, I'd use a 20 lb weight in my left hand and a 25 lb weight in my right. I'd do 20 reps that way and then switch the weights and do 20 more.
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