Pistols: My Nemesis!

On the schedule for today's lower body workout was good ol' pistol squats.
UGH. Pistols are one of those exercises that I've just never been able to do for reps. They don't feel good, and I just absolutely HATE doing them. I've done them a few times in CrossFit workouts, but it was always alternating legs, not one at a time. I figured that I'd be able to do them today(I mean, even though I never do them, why not?)...but boy, was I in a for a surprise. I just could NOT do them. I tried different variations and progressions, but they all sucked. It was so frustrating and not fun at all!  Stupid pistols.

Yeah, yeah, I know....I could practice and work up to getting better at them, but honestly, I just don't want to! So I'm just going to be a wuss and swap them out for a different exercise. Because I hate them THAT much. And yes, I do like to do things that are challenging and out of my comfort zone to a certain extent...but not this time. I don't want to dread my leg days just because I know that I have to do pistols, when really, I don't HAVE to do them! You can't make me! :-P Can any of you do pistols really well (if so, I hate you!)? Are they something that took you a while to learn?

I also decided not to do deadlifts this week because my back has been super tight and sore for the past week, so I did barbell hip thrusts instead.  Hopefully I'll be better next week, but I'm going to listen to my body and not be stupid and try to push through it. I definitely don't want to have the same issue that I had last year when I couldn't squat or deadlift for months due to hip and back issues!

Is there any exercise that you absolutely HATE and have no desire to get better at?

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  1. I love compound exercises, but I have to say I have ne desire to improve on the Incline Barbell Bench Press. For some reason I hate that exercise!!

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    1. Barbell presses aren't my favorite thing either, but I love dumbbell chest presses!

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  2. I've never done a pistol because I probably can't, I'm so inflexible. That I need to work on. But I also read they don't activate that many muscles as opposed to other exercise, so I'll justify not doing them. ;)

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    1. I think a big part of it is mobility issues with me, too. I do think there are better exercises I can do, so I don't feel bad not doing them. ;)

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  3. You know how I feel about listening to your body! It's hard to do sometimes, but SO very important. :)

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    1. Yup, I'm getting better at it, but it's so hard for me not to just push through because I want to stick to my plan!

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  4. When people hate on bodyweight training, I tell them to just TRY doing a pistol - that usually shuts them up pretty quickly! I can't do full pistols. I either do them to a bench (but I find it difficult to maintain tension and come back up) or hold on to a TRX for balance. The first few times you do them after a hiatus are going to be painful. I had serious cramping going on!

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    1. I actually like doing them to a bench, but I never considered those pistols...maybe I'll just stick to doing those!

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  5. I hate them just as much as you! I'm also sure that I look absolutely ridiculous doing them. What are you planning to swap them out for? I'm curious - I've never figured out a good substitute!

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    1. I was SO mad at how hard they were and how stupid I looked "trying" to do them! I will either do them to a bench or just do Bulgarian split squats with heavy dumbbells since I haven't done those in a while.

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    2. I love Bulgarian split squats! Great idea! I love doing them while holding large weight plates - makes me feel good and tough. :)

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  6. For me, it's running. I know I have the cardio and endurance but knowing I need to condition my legs for running... ugh!! I want to run for really long and I can but my legs are in sooo much pain afterwards. I guess I just don't love it that much to have the patience to properly run. I guess I'll just stick with my beloved bike!

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    1. I'm not a fan of running at all! I HATE it. Try sprinting or jumping rope!

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