The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    Single Leg Training

    Do you guys do single leg training? I rarely do, but I haven't really noticed one leg being bigger than the other. Below is an interesting article and quote.

    http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_...leleg_training

    "In that case, why do single-leg work at all? Why not just squat?
    That's a good question, to which I have three answers:

    1. To help develop and maintain symmetry between legs since most people have a size disparity if they've been neglecting single-leg work, as there's often a tendency to favor one side slightly during bilateral work.

    2. Once you get good at single-leg work and can handle heavy loads on things like Bulgarian split squats and lunges, you have the potential to overload your legs more than you can during bilateral squatting because you don't have to contend with the lower back being the limiting factor. Greater overload in turn leads to potentially more growth.

    3. Single-leg work allows you to train your legs more frequently because it doesn't tax the system as much since the overall loads are lower. Greater frequency in turn leads to potentially more growth.

    That's not to say you shouldn't squat or do any other bilateral lower body work too – it means you shouldn't just squat and do bilateral lower body work exclusively because you'd be squandering some potential leg growth. Mixing heavy split squats and lunges with bilateral squatting variations would likely yield the best results."

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    The idea that single leg work will balance out asymmetry in normal, uninjured limbs is a false one.

    I have nothing against unilateral work. It can be an effective form of training.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chris mason View Post
    The idea that single leg work will balance out asymmetry in normal, uninjured limbs is a false one.

    I have nothing against unilateral work. It can be an effective form of training.
    In your view does that also hold true for other body parts? e.g. arms

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    No, I see dudes at the gym doing this all the time. I'm sure it's good to change it up, but it's more for toning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dodgybob View Post
    In your view does that also hold true for other body parts? e.g. arms
    Yes, everyone has one arm which is a bit bigger than the other. It is typically the dominant side arm.


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    I'm sure it's excellent to modify it up, but it's more for sculpting.

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