If you spend plenty of time at the gym every week you’re likely to see some pretty odd things on a regular basis, but the odds are very good that you aren’t ever going to come across a bunch of people working out with one leg on the ground and the other up in the sky.
It’s just not the kind of thing that you’re going to run into in most gyms, and it’s not even the kind of thing that you’re going to run into in some of the more esoteric or “out there” fitness centers, either.
At the same time, this is definitely something that you’re going to want to start focusing on if you have found that you are traditional workouts are led telling and that you aren’t able to generate results quite as quickly as you were in the past.
By balancing like a flamingo you are able to cure muscle imbalances
The majority of people that have gotten really, really serious about working out are completely aware of the dangers of muscle imbalances, and they are equally aware of just how frequently people have severe muscular imbalances without even knowing it.
When you choose to balance on a single leg (like a flamingo would) you’re going to be able to target specific groups of muscles and specific sides of your body – a powerfully effective way to fix muscular imbalances that would have been truly challenging to resolve all on their own.
You’ll also be able to add a lot of complexity to rather simple and straightforward movements
There is a world of difference between working out with a traditional dumbbell curl with both feet on the ground and working out with a traditional dumbbell curl while one of your legs is up in the care and you also have to focus on balancing without falling over.
Not only are you going to have to keep your leg nice and steady (which will inevitably tax those foundational muscles), but you are also going to have to really control the dumbbell movement which will blast all of the individual muscle fibers in your arm.
This is potent stuff, so much so that you might have to dial it back on the weight that you are used to using in more traditional movements and exercises.
Don’t be surprised if you find that your strength levels drop by 10% or more when you go up on one leg.