How To Do The Rolling Pistol | Men's Health Magazine Australia

The 4-Move Workout That Adds Strength From Top To Toe

The era of mirror muscles has passed. With the emphasis on functional fitness never more acute, now is the time to train for strength, not just size. Think of it as laying strong foundations for future gains. But before you set your sights on a double-bodyweight back squat, allow us to suggest a move that doesn’t require queuing for a free rack and is a lot gentler on your joints: the weighted rolling pistol.

“Along with the full-body flexion, it’s a very advanced single-leg squat variation,” says PT Andy Vincent. The full-body flexion means you’re using every muscle to stand up. Plus, by working on one leg, you engage all the smaller stabiliser muscles, as well as the large ones in your legs.

the large ones in your legs. You have to go slow, too. Vincent warns against blasting through reps. Instead, focus on a full range of motion and time under tension. Work up to three sets of six reps on each side to kickstart your progress and let the good times roll.

1. GET SET

Lying on your back with one leg off the floor, position the heel of your other leg close to your glutes and keep it flat on the ground. Hold a weight plate behind your head for counterbalance.

Rolling Pistol

Philip Haynes

2. CRUNCH TIME

Take a deep breath, then work your core. With your arms held out straight, perform a rapid crunch, rolling your shoulder blades and mid-back off the floor fast. Keep that foot up.

Rolling Pistol

Philip Haynes

3. BALANCING ACT

Hold your arms in front of you as your weight transfers to your foot. Ensure the load stays evenly distributed from your heel to your toe, and the centre of your knee stays in line with the middle of your foot.

Rolling Pistol

Philip Haynes

4. STAND TALL

For your parting shot, drive through the floor to bring your body up and stand. As you reach the top, squeeze your glutes to finish the move with your hips. Now, slowly sit back into the squat and roll down under control. Reload, and go again.

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