An "air squat" performed on a single leg. Typically the non weight-bearing leg is held fully extended out in front of the athlete. For balancing assistance, a hand can be used to grab the toes of the non weight-bearing leg, also helping to keep it from touching the ground at the bottom of the squat. Ankle mobility issues will make the pistol difficult to perform. Also known as a One Legged Squat.
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CrossFit Journal Articles
Training the Pistol
Adrian Bozman of San Francisco CrossFit covers the basic pistol (one-legged squat), modifications, and assists. He teaches several progressions and tactics for working toward success, for those who aren't yet able to do a full pistol unassisted.
The Crane Dip and Other Pistol Variations
When it comes to human movement in the context of both daily activities and athletic potential, there are unique physical skills that are useful and worth the investment of time and energy to develop. Some come very easily and naturally, and others demand
Pistol Progressions: Parts 1-2
Training gymnastics skills like the pistol requires some creativity and change in perspective. Join Carl Paoli, owner of Naka Athletics and a trainer at San Francisco CrossFit, as he shares his tips for working on the movement.
CrossFit Coach's Prep Course
The movements page is a breakdown from your workout programming. It is a great tool for analysis, but it does not show you how to effectively design, scale or evaluate your programming. We highly recommend attending the CrossFit Coach's Prep Course to learn how. We attended the course and learned a lot. Check out the Intro To Course video by Chris Spealler and Nicole Caroll.