Pistol squats are challenging, yet effective. If you’ve been avoiding them in the past, we totally understand, but this simple tutorial will show you that you don’t have anything to worry about. Pistol squats require a lot of lower-body strength and balance and they are a great way to improve those things. Need some tips? Let Nike trainer Nesrine Dally help you do them properly.
In the videos below, we see Dally breaking down the exercise into separate movements so you can master them individually before connecting everything. “A phenomenal body weight exercise. One that asks a lot of relative strength, mobility and good motor control. I’ll share some tips over the coming weeks to help you wherever you are on your journey. Swipe across to see a few drills for different aspects of the movement,” she writes.
The first video is for ankle mobility. It includes gentle rocks that help you work your ankles so you can perform pistol squats with ease. The second video is for building strength and balance. Dally says that step downs fine tune the mechanics of a single leg squat and work out your quads and glutes.
Video number three helps you improve while the fourth video is meant for you to improve strength and endurance in the non-standing leg.