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I've pretty much got the pistol now. Like I said I did indeed have the strength. I started doing pistols on the edge of the staircase to ease in the mobility aspect, and now I'm good. It's not a hard move for someone doing so much hiking, walking and I suppose judo also helps since we're getting up off the ground all the time.Hello,
First of all, congratulations for so much dedication.
If you want to achieve the pistol, the progressions listed in TNW are excellent. From my understanding, you already are strong enough - meaning you already have the raw strength - to perform the pistol. My guess is that you also have the hip mobility due to your S&S and judo training.
Assuming you have the strength, a thing I really find extremely helpful is as follows:
- tie a rope to a door handle
- then, try to get to the low position of the pistol. The looser the rope remains, the less you are using it, the better it is. Once you reach some kind of "sticking point", keep getting down, using the rope by pull it. Basically, this is an assistance. Do it very slowly.
- Pull the rope to get up (once again, as an assistance). As soon as you feel you do not need it in the repetition, drop it
With practice, you will notice that the rope remains loose on a greater ROM, which is want you want to. I did not use a specific rep / set. I did it by GTG. However, I guess some regular strength rep / set frame may also get the job done.