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Craig Van De Walker 10-26-2005 07:30 AM

For those that perform pistols for reps what do you feel the strength carry over is to squats, or do you feel there is one?

I know my squat strength did not carry to pistols in the least

Ross Hunt 10-26-2005 08:03 AM

I found that ***-to-grass squatting strength carries over to pistols, provided you have the requisite flexibility.

I have not found pistols for reps or weighted pistols to have any substantial carry-over to back squats. The load is just too low.

Russ Greene 10-26-2005 09:26 AM

My left leg was a lot stronger than my right for some reason, and pistols have helped me straighten that out, which has helped my lifting in a big way. I have also found that doing pistols barefoot really helps me practice driving through the heels out of the bottom of the squat.

Robert Wolf 10-26-2005 10:38 AM

My experience is similar to Ross. Olympic tyle back squats translate into good numbers of pistols. I managed to complete 16 (5 pull-ups short of 17) rounds of Mary at HQ with no pistol training. Pistols offer some nice variety and are great when traveling but this is another case of multi-dimensionality: Do heavy Olympic style squat= do pistols. Do only pistols...perhaps not the heavy squat.


Craig Van De Walker 10-26-2005 04:45 PM

My problem was that I was doing powerlifting style squats, even though I was going quite low (off of a 10 inch box and I am 6ft tall), I was sitting back with shins almost perpendicular to the ground. With pistols my shins go pretty far forward by comparisom. I was also doing OHS but with very low weight and not very well at the time.

Thanks for the comments / input. Craig

Paul Theodorescu 10-26-2005 05:18 PM

I have found very little carry over. I can knock off dozens of pistols and I'm not a good squatter (yet).

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