Kenneth Lo

#AskKenneth 182: From Side Step-up to Pistol Squat

August 6, 2017

#AskKenneth 182: From Side Step-up to Pistol Squat


▶️Both exercises are the unilateral exercises.


▶️Side Step-up is a regression exercise;

Pistol Squat is a progression exercise.


▶️If you cannot manage Side Step-up, forget about Pistol Squat.


▶️As you know that I like to do calisthenics.


I like to do it at outdoor under the sun when I finished my main course at the gym.


▶️Both of them are bodyweight training , trainees can do them at anytime and anywhere.


▶️And you don't need any special equipment.


▶️You don't need to lift heavy back squat in every session, sometimes you can switch your program a little bit to stimulate your muscles to grow - Shock the muscles !


▶️By doing them, you will realize your weak-links, which leg is weaker than the other, and you can improve the structural balance as well.


▶️If you cannot do even Side Step-up, please go back to the fundamental exercises -

back squat

front squat

box squat

goblet squat

duck walk

TRX squat

hack squat

leg press

sissy squat

split squat

leg curl





▶️How low should I go?

My answer is all the way


Personally, I quite like Crossfit system, if the athletes cannot reach the range of motion - NO REP!


▶️Bad to your knees?

Spend more time to do mobility work and the basic exercises first, read above!


▶️Not every exercise IS suitable for everyone. Depends.



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