unilateral leg movements

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    I'm going to start doing unilateral leg movements as the emphasis instead of 2-leg leg movements... I'm thinking about doing bulgarian squats, lunges, 1-leg leg presses, 1-leg extensions, and 1-leg hamstring curls, probably substituting a2g squats for bulgarian squats once/month

    the reasoning behind this is that i think it'll help me on my bike more than working both legs at the same time... i'll only know if i'm right once i try it, though

    thoughts?
     
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    whilst single leg work serves a purpose, basing leg strength soley on single leg movements would be wasting a lot of valuable double leg movements. Cycling isn't necessarily too taxing upon mobility and stability which single leg movements are great for.

    In short, get the best of both worlds and do both.
     
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    focus on doing open kinetic chained exercises since that's what biking is..it'll definitely help with endurance/strength purposes (like ham. curls, leg ext.)

    but if you're focusing solely on strengthening, do closed kinetic chained exercises (leg press, lunges)

    also running/stair climbing focuses on unilateral leg support. I'm just mentioning basic stuff
     
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    i was planning on doing what i guess is known as closed chain kinetic movements first, then open chain kinetic movements :dunno:

    kinda like doing compound movements before isolation movements, right?
     
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    yes sir
     
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    Another vote for do'em both.
     
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    Do both...have you looked into any of the Chris Carmichael stuff? I will look later but I had found one of the triathlon coaches who had weight training specific programs for his people.
     
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    nah, i don't even know who that is
     
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    Lance Armstrong's cycling coach:nono::bigthumb:
     
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    name sounded famliar... i'm such a cycling noob, though


    seriously, i feel like this weekend i graduated from "guy with a bike" to "biker" :bigok:
     
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    If you're gonna be doing unilateral movements might as well do one legged squats/pistols.
     
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    i was thinkin' blugarian squats and lunges
     
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