I have to respectfully disagree with all of the previous posters in this thread. I have been squatting heavy back squats for 10+ yrs and 2 years ago I added single leg squats to my program and it is one of the most valuable exercises in my arsenal. I do not do them like the guy in the pic, I do them on a 12 inch platform with dumbbells. I have worked up to 50 pound dumbbells and do 5 sets of 5 with each leg. I train primarily for athletic performance and and this has helped with balance and strength.
I have a history of chronic and severe ankle sprains (several per year) and since I have incorporated these into my program, not one sprain (knock on wood). I like the bulgarian split squats mentioned above, but I believe the single legs squat is superior. Also, DO THEM BAREFOOT!! it will activate all of the stabilizers, you will feel your toes gripping and start to work again. One more thing, make sure you ass touches the platform…full range of motion.
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Good post. I’ve never heard of anyone that was using pistols for “leg size” anyway, they’re an excellent addition to leg training and a great option when de-loading as well.