Tip: Pistol Squat with Suspension Straps

Trying to hit a full pistol squat but having trouble? Use this regression, then progress by using the straps as little as possible.

To hit a solid pistol squat, you need mobility, strength, and balance. Use this exercise regression to work your way up to a full pistol. As with all pistol variations, keep these cues in mind:

  • Focus on a spot on the floor and extend one leg in front of you.
  • Sit back in your heel as you push your hips back and drive your knee out.
  • Focus on pushing through the heel, big toe, and pinky toe as you extend your knee and hips.
TJ Kuster is a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), specializing in mobility and injury prevention. He coaches at Method Sports Performance in Bloomington, IL.