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Why You Should Do a One-Sided Workout

 

Simon says, “Hop on one leg!”—and science seems to agree. In a recent Polish study, doing unilateral plyometric exercises was found to improve performance more quickly than bounding with both limbs. “When your center of gravity is askew, additional muscle fibers kick in to stabilize you, likely leading to faster gains,” says New York City–based trainer Jay Cardiello, SHAPE’s fitness editor-at- large. “Adding single-leg moves to your routine also strengthens your weaker and dominant sides more evenly.” (Click here for some of  Jay’s faves.)

 

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