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Old 11-09-2009, 05:52 AM   #11
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Jake,
That's probably the only way things will ever start to even out, so yes, I'd say so.

I know Mike Boyle and Chad Waterbury are much bigger fans of unilateral leg work than bilateral, if that means anything.
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:17 AM   #12
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Jake,
That's probably the only way things will ever start to even out, so yes, I'd say so.

I know Mike Boyle and Chad Waterbury are much bigger fans of unilateral leg work than bilateral, if that means anything.
i was told a long time ago by a PT that my legs would start to even out by doing bilateral work, but obviously that hasnt been working. I have small legs and the right one is a full inch smaller in circumference than the left, i think one is 23 and one is 24 inches.
so do you think i should switch all strength work to unilateral on the right and leave power work with both legs? my right leg is unfortunately also my dominant leg so it takes the heaviest loads in plyometric and power movements, but with strength stuff like squats it is probably taking a lot less than 50% of the weight.
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:45 PM   #13
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Jake, just do your corrective unilateral stuff with your right leg first, then match the effort with your left. Then both legs are working the same amount for the corrective exercises, and your right one will catch up.
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i was told a long time ago by a PT that my legs would start to even out by doing bilateral work, but obviously that hasnt been working. I have small legs and the right one is a full inch smaller in circumference than the left, i think one is 23 and one is 24 inches.
so do you think i should switch all strength work to unilateral on the right and leave power work with both legs? my right leg is unfortunately also my dominant leg so it takes the heaviest loads in plyometric and power movements, but with strength stuff like squats it is probably taking a lot less than 50% of the weight.
Gavin is right here.

Sad to say, but your PT is totally off on this one. An imbalance will often only get worse over time with strictly bilateral work.
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:20 PM   #15
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Jake, just do your corrective unilateral stuff with your right leg first, then match the effort with your left. Then both legs are working the same amount for the corrective exercises, and your right one will catch up.
OK, so it's important to work both? I did a little unilateral workout today; split squats, single leg deads, and pistols off a box. Doing these with my left at the same weights (95lbs) would be a complete joke. Do the motions anyway?
I was thinking about doing bilateral power work before the unilateral strength in my workouts. After these exercises my right knee is taxed, but I want to continue with olympic lifts and power training and I need to do them first. Is this OK?
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