Opinions vary on whether you should include unilateral exercises in your MMA workouts. Some trainers believe they are not necessary, but if you want a
well-rounded workout, unilateral exercises should most definitely be included in your workout regimen. Including lower body exercises as part of your
MMA training will greatly improve your results when used in conjunction with your other training exercises.
Some common unilateral exercises that you should include in your training sessions include lunges, split squats, power skips, one leg glute bridges and
one leg hip extensions. By adding these exercises, you will be rewarded with a well-balanced training program. Unilateral exercises will also help you
notice areas where your current training program may be lacking.
Unilateral exercises can easily be incorporated into your existing workout plan. If you are doing a circuit training program, simply add some of the
unilateral exercises to your routine. This may prolong your training sessions, but you will have a better training session that worked your muscle
groups that may have been neglected in the past.
Including unilateral exercises in your workouts will also help build your core strength as well as other muscle groups. By simply changing a dumbbell
chest press into one lifting it one arm at a time will make differences in the way that your body is using those specific muscle groups when working
out. This process was not designed to make your workout more difficult, but to make them more beneficial. Since the movement is continuous, you will
not have time between reps to take a break, before starting to work the other arm you may want to take a short break. It is entirely up to you, some
trainers would prefer you do both arms without taking a break in between and resting only after both arms have been worked. It is up to you and your
trainer the method you may wish to use.
One of the main benefits of adding unilateral training to your existing workout is that you are already familiar with the basic concept of the
exercise. You are not required to learn any new training maneuvers or skills. Unilateral training simply changes the exercise from using both arms to
working them separately. You will be able to notice the difference that the exercises are having and your core strength will benefit from them as well.
In unilateral training you are not just using more weight when you are working out, but you are using that weight in a different manner. Unilateral
training will also require you to focus on the muscles you are working as opposed to not using unilateral training. You are required to make sure that
you are doing your lifts in the proper manner in order to get the most out of your workouts. If you begin to feel that your form is not right, take the
time to stop and reposition yourself in order to achieve the best form for your exercise.