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Overhead Pistols - Thoughts?


#1

I've been doing 5X5 squats, following that with one long set of pistols, managing 20+ reps with each leg. Last session I've tried, just for fun, doing overhead pistols with a 10kg barbell. Actually managed a few reps... This is a nice addition for my martial arts training. Nevertheless, I would have like to know what you think of these as a core exercise? (I do them in very strict form, full range)


#2

Sounds impressive. Fucking useless but impressive none the less.


#3

That sounds pretty cool. I like pistols for an assistance exercise so I might have to try that. Pistols are a good exercise to help to show weaknesses in each leg, so using them as a core exercise as an overhead squat seems pretty valid to me.


#4

with pistols your back is already rounded and you are holding something overhead? Sounds bad.


#5

i’d be very interested to see a video because i’m also having a very hard time picturing this, i can overhead squat and do pistols (i dont, but i can), and as mentioned above, i dont see how you could overcome the rounding issue (unless you do it with a leg behind you, and stand on a box so you can go all the way down…by the way, if this is what you’re doing, my hat is off to you) unless you’re kinda front raising the wieght


#6

yeah ahi, i don’t see why you’d do it…


#7

[quote]IrishMarc wrote:
Sounds impressive. Fucking useless but impressive none the less. [/quote]

Lol, true. For me it has benefits for my martial arts training. Has much more to do with developing the correct groove with the technique and balance than with power.


#8

[quote]brian.m wrote:
i’d be very interested to see a video because i’m also having a very hard time picturing this, i can overhead squat and do pistols (i dont, but i can), and as mentioned above,

i dont see how you could overcome the rounding issue (unless you do it with a leg behind you, and stand on a box so you can go all the way down…by the way, if this is what you’re doing, my hat is off to you) unless you’re kinda front raising the wieght[/quote]

I’ll try filming it next week, in about 6 days. More or less like that guy, just with far better form and much less rounding of the back:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcZ1zXMtpTU

I think the main issue with most guys is lack of serious stretching, which gives them hard times with stability and balance. I ain’t so strong, but keeping track with good stretching routines really eased my life with some movements that guys much stronger than me are finding very difficult to deal with.


#9

I heard Platz did pistols.


#10

I love this video. It’s at about 2 minutes in…

http://media.crossfit.com/cf-video/CrossFit_CFSFPlaysOHStrength.wmv

Its an impressive feat, but I don’t think anyone would recommend training it specifically.

Check out the end of the video, dragging a tire attached arond the waist w/ a heavy weight held overhead, looks like it might be pretty effective.

I remember reading a westside article where Louie Simmons mentioned walking 1/4 of a mile w/ 225 held in the zercher position for low back strength too.


#11

[quote]theuofh wrote:
I love this video. It’s at about 2 minutes in…

http://media.crossfit.com/cf-video/CrossFit_CFSFPlaysOHStrength.wmv

Its an impressive feat, but I don’t think anyone would recommend training it specifically.

Check out the end of the video, dragging a tire attached arond the waist w/ a heavy weight held overhead, looks like it might be pretty effective.

I remember reading a westside article where Louie Simmons mentioned walking 1/4 of a mile w/ 225 held in the zercher position for low back strength too. [/quote]

Wow, this is VERY IMPRESSIVE!