Which Side Should You Exercise First?

Have you had that moment in a group fitness class where you are supposed to exercise one side of your body during one round, and then the other side on the next round? Did you forget which side you exercised last round, and did you accidentally work the same side twice? Here’s my personal rule-of-thumb for keeping track of which side you’re on.

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Exercise First – Non-Dominant Side

I see this situation happen quite often in the group fitness classes that I teach. We’ll do a number of exercises each round, and some of the exercises require the use of two separate sides. However, we’ll only work one side during the first round, and get the other side on the next, and continue that pattern for however many rounds we’re doing.

People inevitably forget which side they previously worked.

Here’s what I do to keep track of my sides…

I’ll exercise first with my non-dominant side. For instance, I’m right side dominant. My non-dominant side is therefore my left side.

Starting on my non-dominant side helps me to keep track of which side I started with. I can easily recall which side I’m supposed to be working based on which round we’re on.

This does two things for me.

  1. Always starting on my non-dominant side helps me to keep track of which side I started with. I can easily recall which side I’m supposed to be working based on which round we’re on.
  2. When I become tired and fatigued over the course of the workout, I can finish exercise on my strong dominant side instead of struggling more on my weaker side.

It seems like such a simple thing, but people have real “Aha!” moments when I give them this simple tip for keeping track of which side to exercise first.

Let me know in the comments below if you think this tip will be helpful to you, or if you have a method that works even better.

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