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One-Arming It: Unilateral Strength Training for Muscle Building

*Contributed by New Yorker/Gym-goer Jeremy S., MizzFIT Guest Blogger*

A few years ago I had a dumbbell dilemma. I had the strength to lift heavy, but could not manage to get two dumbbells in the correct position without the aid of a partner. My solution: use both arms to position a single dumbbell and train unilaterally (aka working one side of the body at a time, aka one-arm presses). 

Since that day I have made one-arm presses a staple of my work out and it’s become pretty common for my fellow gym-goers to approach me and inquire what the benefit is to only using a single arm (performing a one-arm chest press with a 100lb dumbbell tends to attract attention). As you now know, I didn’t set out to become a proponent of one-arm presses, but have since learned (and more importantly experienced) the three key benefits associated with unilateral training: 

Core Strength: When you perform a one-arm press, your body is unstable. You have weight on one...

MJ, I never mentioned this before but I had a very serious crush on you as a little girl

MJ, I never mentioned this before but I had a very serious crush on you as a little girl. I would dress up like you (with the glove, jacket and hat) and dance on cue for my parent’s friends. Not much has changed since then except that I’ve incorporated more sequins into my MJ inspired look. I’m so sad that you’re gone and the world will not be the same without you. But one thing is for sure, your music will always inspire us to move. Thank you for giving us music and dance that is every bit edgy, glamorous and energetic.  R.I.P. P.Y.T.

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