Move Better: The Pistol Squat

Move Better: The Pistol Squat

Our 12 Part Move Better series is all about educating you. We want to provide a deeper understanding of movement to our readers. In this series, we will pick apart one movement per week that will help you not only move better but; move with a purpose in the gym!

Week 6: The Pistol Squat is one of the most technically demanding gymnastic movements & one that requires the most focus and mobility. However, if you understand it better; you will achieve better results.


Breaking down the movement:

  • WHY- This movement is great to increase unilateral leg strength and help avoid & alleviate any Left/Right strength inefficiencies.
  • SAFETY- Controlling the movement in both the eccentric and concentric direction will be key to being safe in this movement. Control will allow you to keep your knees tracked out over your toes.
  • SCALING – Reducing how much body-weight you’re working with will help out with learning this movement faster.
  • EFFICIENCY KEYS – Making sure you are well-balanced on your feet prior to squatting down will be the best way to decrease mistakes.
  • MOBILITY – Ankles and Hips will be the biggest detractors here. Start with the ankles and work your way up!

Stay tuned next week when we break down another brutal; yet simple, CrossFit movement!