There are few bodyweight exercises more coveted and revered than the pistol squat. I constantly see forum threads and questions all over the web about how to do it and how to build up to it.
To be sure, it requires strength-essentially you are squatting twice your bodyweight in terms of a conventional two legged squat. But the difficulty of the pistol squat involves much more than mere strength.
It is a very sophisticated exercise that requires coordination, timing, balance and mobility, on top of impressive lower body strength. What most people don’t realize is that we can take the movement apart and reduce the sophistication level in order to build back up to the full movement incrementally. This is the beauty of our Circular Strength Training® approach to bodyweight exercise.
The following clip gives you a few ideas of what you can do with the “King Of The One Legged Squats.” Take a look, give them a try, and let us know in the comments how it went. Also, please share your tips for progressing with this exercise. We’re always looking for new tricks to put in our bag!