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Old 02-26-2007, 04:09 PM   #1
Todd Ebert
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I've seen demonstrations of the single leg squat or pistol and noticed that the lower back arch is typically not maintained. It seems virtually impossible to maintain the arch in the lower back when going into a deep squat.

Is it considered acceptable to round the back when doing this movement? If so, why? Does it have to do with the lack of a significant load?

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Old 02-27-2007, 02:26 AM   #2
Gorm Laursen
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Unless you're a freak you can't do a pistol with straight spine. And as you guessed, it's ok because there's no load on the spine other than the natural load from your own body.

When you get more proficient with pistols and maybe begin doing weighted pistols, you'll also notice that the increased weight (held in the hands ofcourse) will make the need for leaning forward less and thus straighten the spine more. So the more load the straighter spine. Ain't it beautiful?!
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