Stop dreading this challenging move and start reaping the benefits
One look at a pistol squat and you know it is a tough workout move. It requires strength, balance, and plenty of practice to successfully do these. The benefits are worth it, though!
Pistol squats improve your mobility, build strength, increase flexibility, require no equipment, don’t stress your lower back, and make sure your legs are balanced.
This article is the perfect guide to mastering the pistol squat. It breaks down every step of the squat and gives several variations that anyone can try!
Check out the article and learn how to incorporate the pistol squat into your gym routine:
One of the biggest complaints I have gotten from my clients when I choose to make a pistol squat a part of their fitness regimine, is “But I cannot do a pistol squat!”
Fair enough. Pistol squats are one of the most difficult squats to perform because not only are you adding in the factor of balancing your entire body from falling, you are also using your entire (insert your body weight here) pounds of bodyweight.
Why do a pistol squat?
- Improve strength and flexibility.
- Eradicates imbalances between the two sides of the body.
- Improve mobility in the knee, ankle, and hip joints
- Pistols build monstrously strong legs without needing to go to the gym.
- Pistols simultaneously train strength, balance, and mobility with just one exercise.
- Promote good barbell squat technique because they force you to sit back, maintain good posture, and keep the whole body tight
- Reduce the stress on the lower back making them great for those with back problems
Using a weight plate, doubell, or even a medicine ball, you can counterbalance your body while performing the pistol squat. Keep it mind that this may work against you as you will then be adding even more weight to your squat. But, when done correctly, this can help build your strength and balance tremendously.