20 hours ago
🔺Performing pistol squats are NOT necessary! When is the last time you had to squat down on 1 leg during your work day? Prob not often. BUT, there are several benefits in performing this movement. It is also impressive & is a sexy instagram move!
🔺Performing this movement can work on strength, mobility, balance, & more:
🔹Strength - quads, glutes, & posterior chain (hamstrings, glutes, erectors).
🔹Mobility - ankle (for anterior shank translation), hip (to reduce anterior hip impingement), & spine.
🔹Balance (single limb stance) & Proprioception (body awareness/position).
🔹Reduce spinal stress via compression (less external resistance required for task intensity).
🔹Increase load demand (increased muscular output due to task difficulty).
🔺The Pistol Squat is not for everyone (including myself) but there are many modifications/variations that can be performed in a safe manner within your body’s limitations. Check out @heathers_fit_tips & @steph.derby_fitness to find some of these, such as lateral step downs or TRX single leg squat. Ex: due to my limited ankle DF mobility (I’m working on it), deep lateral step-downs is my go to single leg squat exercise.
❤️ Thank you to @julietteocfit for the video demonstration. If you want to be strong and fit, go check her out!
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