Single Limb Training
Learn how this technique can make you instantly stronger!
The most common way to train is to use both limbs at the same time. Many exercises are done this way. There are, however, advantages to training one limb at a time.
- Training one limb at a time allows greater neural drive to that one limb, meaning that your body can recruit more muscle fibers by concentrating all force on that one limb rather than splitting the force between two limbs.
- The practical outcome is that you will be stronger!
- Increased neural drive can be taken advantage of during a set in order to extend it. For example, curl two dumbells at the same time, then when you can't do anymore like that, switch to one arm at a time. You will be able to continue where you were unable to before.
- This also works with many other dumbell and cable exercises such as dumbell side laterals.
- Training with one limb also helps to recruit more stabilizing muscles due to the unbalanced forces being applied to the body. If you ever try alternating dumbell bench presses (where you hold one dumbell at the top and press the other one then switch) you will experience this.
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