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Old 07-04-2014, 06:45 PM   #1
Michael Henderson
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When i try and do a full pistol i get a pulling sensation in my quad that is out in front of me. After the rep it feels that the straight leg has done more work that the leg doing the squat.

Anybody got any tips or hints as to the best way to fix this problem.

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Old 07-05-2014, 10:31 PM   #2
Blair Robert Lowe
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Re: Pistols

Holding your leg straight out ideally horizontal is actually taxing on the quad and hip flexors.

So, basically do more pistols and hip flexor drills like these:

Generally either do these as lifts from the floor or lift and hold for worksets.

You may have to start with your fingertips (I prefer palms) by your hips. And more than likely the legs won't be lifted as high.

And point your toes. It's about body tension and control.

Lifts are easier than holds. Try holds for 5-10 seconds, 5-10x.

If you want, you can sit in a straddle with hands on each side of the leg and do them one at a time. Or one at a time in a pike.
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