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Self-assisted Single Leg Squat (pistol)



Stand in front of horizontal bar, lower chest to waist height. Place finger tips or inside base of thumbs on bar hold with just enough contact for balance and self-assistance. Balance on one leg with opposite leg extended straight leg forward as high as possible.


Squat down as far as possible while keeping leg elevated off of floor. Keep back straight and supporting knee pointed same direction as foot supporting. Raise body back up to original position until knee and hip of supporting leg is straight. Repeat and continue with opposite leg.


Supporting knee should point same direction as foot throughout movement. Range of motion will be improved with greater leg strength and glute flexibility. Significant spinal flexion is acceptable form in full range single leg squat. Erector Spinae becomes a stabilizer if spine is kept straight. Also known as Self-assisted Pistol Squats.
The degree of self-assistance required effects the significance of upper body muscles utilized. The style of self assistance (hand positioning, bar height, etc.) used effects which and how the muscle are used.
Weighted versions of this exercise would normally be considered auxiliary in context of other basic exercises (ie: Barbell Squat, Sled Leg Press). However, in the context of 'body weight' only program, this exercise can be considered basic.


Grasp bar with firm underhand grip and pull body up with just enough assistance to complete rep. Other squatting or split squat movements can can also be performed.


For greater challenge, perform without assistance.


 Utility: Basic or Auxiliary
 Mechanics: Compound
 Force: Push




Dynamic Stabilizers


Stabilizers (raised leg)

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