Pistol Squat or Skater Squat – Which is Better?


In this short video we discuss a commonly performed exercise in some group exercise or fitness classes as well as sport performance training programs – the pistol squat.

The pistol squat is a challenging exercise. For some it is a competitive exercise and one that they must train and improve.

However, what if you aren’t training to compete in an event that includes pistol squats? What if you are training for general fitness or sport performance and want a better alternative? An alternative that will build great single-leg strength and control, and have better transfer to improving athleticism, speed, all while keeping the joints healthier?

Enter the skater squat.

You see for many people, the pistol squat can contribute to unnecessary compressive forces on the spine and hips that can lead to pain and movement intolerances. This is an unwanted result of training or exercise. Who wants to spend weeks working out only to takes weeks off due to pain or injury?

And these reasons are exactly why the skater squat becomes a better alternative to the pistol squat. You get a uniquely challenging single-leg exercise that builds strength, is more friendly to the spine and hips, and more closely mimics the dynamics of running, sprinting and skating.

As always, Gallagher Performance is here to answer your questions when it comes to exercise, rehabilitation, chiropractic, and sport performance. Watch the video to learn more.

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