Tougher than it looks, the pistol squat recruits your entire core, glutes, hamstrings, calves and ankles. It’s great for correcting imbalances in your leg muscles.
How to pull it off: First, practice one-legged squats. Then try pistols using a chair (start in seated position, extend one leg and arms out in front of you and stand up). Make sure your bent knee tracks in line with your toes (and doesn’t cave inward). As you progress, trade the chair for a low box, then try a full pistol, and when you master that, add weights.
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