🚨 THE SCIENCE BEHIND SPLIT SQUATS👇
💪 Single leg training is a great way to prevent/reducing between-leg differences or asymmetries in force production which can lead to injury or reduced performance.
✅  While this exercise does require balance, heavy loads still stress the lifters strength capacity more than their ability to balance.
✅  Therefore it is still a great exercise to use to build muscle and strength.
This one study found that the Rear Leg Elevated Split Squat (RLESS – like what I’m doing in the video) produced greater overall muscle activation that a standard Split Squat with the back foot on the floor.
✅  Bilateral (both legs) squats still produce greater muscle activation that single leg movements in the quadriceps muscle, but unilateral exercise can produce similar activation in certain leg muscles.
✅  Single leg squats are great for people recovering from lower back or knee issues, since the leg muscles can receive a similar training stimulus, with less total load.