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Yael Grauer 11-23-2006 09:50 PM

new pistol tutorial
I was already a member of the Beast Skills fanclub, but this tutorial is an awesome Thanksgiving bonus. :D Jim Bathurst rules!!

Anyone else still working on this skill? I can get down but not back up... can't wait to try the modified single-leg step-ups and some of these other tips.


mike stehle 11-24-2006 06:19 AM

I'm enjoying pistols lately, I try to GTG them throughout the day although I am getting some strange looks from kids and co-workers at my school:eek:

Derek Simonds 11-24-2006 08:10 AM

I am so excited! I read the tutorial and decided to give it a try. I have never done one before and I nailed my first try on my right leg. I tried on my left and lost balance but reset and nailed it as well.

Beast Skills is a great website.

Allen Yeh 11-27-2006 09:32 AM

Anyone else have a large difference between legs when doing pistols? I don't notice a disparate difference when doing other uniliateral leg movements such as bulgarian split squats...lunges..etc but when it comes to pistols I can easily knock out 3+ pistols on my left leg but with my right leg I'm shaky with even 1.

Also anyone experience knee pain with pistols? A few months ago when I was really trying to do pistols I'd get a weird knee pain so I kind of laid off and recently (after reading the article) I thought I'd start back up and so far no knee pain but just wondering.

Jeremy Jones 12-04-2006 03:04 PM

Propper lower leg position can be dicey with pistols. The balance factor tends to make people push their knees into weird places (i.e. too far forward).

Try the trick where you hold a 5 or 10 lb dumbell out infront of you. This can help keep your balance forward without pushing the knee past your toe.

Also, in 'Naked Warrior' by Pavel, he reccomends starting with the weak leg.

Pierre Auge 12-05-2006 04:28 PM

I started to find these borring when I could pump out 20 or so on each leg. Although they are some fun if you start throwing kettlebells into mix with overhead squats and such. I just don't find them as challenging as I once did, but they are excellent non the less.

Its all in the glutes anyhow.

Derek Simonds 12-06-2006 11:59 AM


Originally Posted by Pierre Auge (Post 1520)
I started to find these borring when I could pump out 20 or so on each leg.

Its all in the glutes anyhow.

You had to go and say that Pierre. At least I got to bask in my own glory for a couple of days until you posted the 20 or so each leg.:)

I guess I have a goal to shoot for. 20 here I come

Pierre Auge 12-06-2006 04:19 PM

I'm sorry, re-reading my comment it came out a bit pompous which was not the intent. I used to do them a LOT and I really mean a lot! They are one of my favorite exercises, but after a while they just aren't as challenging as they once were. And seriously its one of the easiest exercises to get good at because you don't need anything but yourself and a willingness to get weird stares and comments!

Do 3 per leg every hour or so for about a month and by the end of the month you will be doing give or take 20 per leg.

I'm good at 5 things:
1. Making myself look like an ass!
2. Making myself sound like an ass!
3. Doing Weird Workouts!
4. Shooting People! (A skill thankfully that is used infrequently!)
5. Teaching Skills 3 and 4 to others!

I have no social life, and I'm ok with that!

Derek Simonds 12-06-2006 06:39 PM

No need for an apology. Based on your list of things you are good at I am definitely going to make it a point in my travels to workout with you.

I will make it a goal to do 3 an hour for the next month. I love goals.

I enjoy shooting, not required in my job so I have thankfully avoided the need to shoot anyone but once again I love training with the best. So on top of the weird workout it looks like I am going to need a shooting lesson as well. You probably recognized my signature quote from Barrett Tilman. It sums up how I view all the Martial Arts training I do; Pistol, BJJ or Muay Thai. I want to know when my fat is in the fire that my training will pull me through.

Luckily I have a great family and my wife and kids participate in most all of my craziness so I don't have to worry about my social life.

Jeremy Jones 12-07-2006 01:38 PM


Originally Posted by Derek Simonds (Post 1569)
Luckily I have a great family and my wife and kids participate in most all of my craziness so I don't have to worry about my social life.

"Honey, take the kids over there and run around with these targets."

Family's playing together is always so nice.

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