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Unilateral and Bilateral Exercise Movements: Considerations for Program Design

By Charles J. Fountaine, Ph.D., FACSM

Health and fitness professionals have a myriad of options to consider when tailoring a resistance training program for a client. Through a basic understanding of the neuromuscular physiology that can affect both bilateral and unilateral exercises, the health and fitness professional is encouraged to utilize an evidence-based approach to program design and exercise prescription. Ultimately, the decision of what type of resistance training exercise movements to implement — bilateral, unilateral, or a combination of both — will be dependent on 1) the initial needs analysis and assessments performed, 2) the goals of the client, and 3) which exercises will lead to the greatest exercise adherence and self-efficacy as per ACSM recommendations.


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Learning Objectives

By reading this article, the health and fitness professional will:

  • Understand neurophysiological concepts such as the bilateral deficit, bilateral facilitation, and cross-education effect and extend their potential applications to exercise prescription
  • Prescribe bilateral and unilateral exercises for the appropriate clientele based on an evidence-based rationale 

Key words: Bilateral Deficit, Bilateral Facilitation, Cross-Education Effect, Principle of Specificity, Resistance Training


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ACSM Health & Fitness Journal: May - June 2018 CEC Article #2: Unilateral and Bilateral Exercise Movements: Considerations...
ACSM Health & Fitness Journal: May - June 2018 CEC Test #2: Unilateral and Bilateral Exercise Movements: Considerations...