One of the primary groups I created the Single-Leg Solution for was athletes.
Strangely enough, single-leg training can benefit a wide variety of athletes in a whole host of different ways.
For endurance athletes, improving stabilizer recruitment and strength could go a long way to rehabilitating injuries, as well as preventing future injuries from cropping up.
We know that correlation doesn’t equal causation, but there’s quite a bit of scientific literature that leads us to believe weakness or imbalances in hip strength and stability is a component of low back, knee and lower limb injury.
More anecdotally, a lot of the strength athletes I’ve had the pleasure of working with show up with horrible hip mobility (especially in the hip flexors), as well as poorly functioning gluteals.
Exercises performed in split-stance (such as split-squats, lunges, Bulgarian split-squats, etc.) can help lengthen the hip flexors and improve gluteal function. Unlocking the glutes can be a crucial aspect of improving maximal strength and power in exercises like squatting, deadlifting, etc.
And while these two groups are at opposite ends of the spectrum, the regular ‘ole team sport athlete can benefit greatly as well. If your chasing maximal strength and power, incorporating big-bang lifts like squats, deads, power cleans, etc. into your programming is a must.
But single-leg lifts are fantastic for filling in the gaps. Whether you’re looking for more mobility in the hips, more stability, improved proprioception (understanding where your body is in space), or simply improving single-leg strength, these exercises can be invaluable.