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Old Sat, Aug-07-04, 17:17
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almost gave myself a concussion with the 40lb barbell. I banged my forehead with it in May/June. So I'm extra careful now.

Meg, what are pistols? How do you do the overhead squats. Is the bar straight above your head?



Perhaps pistols are dumbbells????


Couldn't you just hold the dumbbells by your sides for these or is that bad for balance?
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Pistols are 1 leg squats.
http://www.powerathletesmag.com/pages/pistols.htm

I've started them by doing them down onto a low chair - like box squats. I can't go further at a decent (slow) speed and maintain control and balance.
The first time I tried them onto the chair, I only did a few with each leg, as a test run... and for the next few days my glutes (maximus) were very sore, like the kind of sore that is DEEP and lasts.
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Wow! Those look very hard. I like the notion that it helps with balance, coordination and fear of falling, though... areas where I have issues. Something for me to try once I get to goal weight. I still have a long way to go with the regular squats.
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Pistols are 1 leg squats.
http://www.powerathletesmag.com/pages/pistols.htm

I've started them by doing them down onto a low chair - like box squats. I can't go further at a decent (slow) speed and maintain control and balance.
The first time I tried them onto the chair, I only did a few with each leg, as a test run... and for the next few days my glutes (maximus) were very sore, like the kind of sore that is DEEP and lasts.

Boy I missed that by a mile!!!!!

These look very interesting.....

Might be something to incorporate later, Certainly qualifies as an advanced movement!
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A significant percentage of strength increase, especially for women, is what's called "neural adaptation." What this means is simply that your nervous system learns to be more efficient as it directs your body through the lift. Your lifting mechanics get better. And even a tiny improvement in neuro-muscular coordination can produce an impressive jump in strength without actually adding muscle.


Tholian -
I think my body is adapting. I did squats today for the 3rd time. Previously, I was doing 3 sets of 8ish but today I could get up to 12 on each set and I was only struggling on the last couple reps of the 3rd set. My body feels more comfortable thoughout the motion which was a limiting factor before. Now I just have to focus on keeping my weight over my heels - my feet keep wanting to raise onto my toes. (I find I've been more comfortable not using heel lifts - now my feet just have to get the message!)
I think I'll use just the bar one more time and see how I feel. THen I think I'll be able to add on some weight! yay!
I did find that my lunges suffered after doing more squats. hmm... now my lunges just have to catch up! (and boy, do I hate lunges)
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