Friday Inspiration – Training the Pistol Squat

It is hard to find a good video tutorial for the pistol squat.  I think this one by Al Kavadlo is pretty good.  Nice progressive exercises, though I wonder if it is possible to get the straight leg at a more perpendicular angle to the ground?

I’ve been working this exercise (and the handstand) this week, with minimal progress.  Ramping up my miles, and doing a bunch of body weight squats has destroyed my legs.  Gotta get sore before you get strong I guess.



4 thoughts on “Friday Inspiration – Training the Pistol Squat

  1. Cool video. I have only slim hope of ever being able to do a piston myself (and only on the right side), but these are interesting tips. Back when I was using a suspension trainer a fair amount, I was doing them (on both sides) while holding onto the straps — I think I got a lot stronger doing that (3 sets of 15 per side…torture!) That might be useful to you? I’ve also done them holding onto the adjustable pulley weight thing in a frame at the gym. Holding the leg up has a lot to do with ab strength…

    • Great video, thanks for sharing it! So far, I’ve been working the pistol by working flexibility in my hamstring and lower back and trying to get a low as I can in a one legged squat. The limitation for me (so far) is definitely the flexibility in the leg. I’m going to use the stand on a bench trick Al mentions in this video and your trx idea and see how it works!

  2. I got pistols a few times last year – it was easier on one side than the other. It became a little easier when I held 5 pound plates. They go away pretty quickly if you don’t keep practicing them though and mine definitely have. Thanks for reminding me to get back on that!

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