It seems as if the fitness industry not too long ago was engulfed in the newest and latest machine. However, the recent pendulum of this industry has been going back to the minimalist end of the spectrum giving attention to calisthenic exercises. This has led to the popularity of exercises such as the Pistol squat AKA a modification of the single-leg squat. This exercise is a complex movement that requires strength, motor control, and range of motion (particularly at the ankle). This series will help you identify why you might not able to pistol squat as well as how to gain the proper balance of strength, motor control, and mobility to perform this complex movement! Follow along in this article to learn how to pistol squat!

Before we dive into advanced plank progressions, we must first set straight what the core is and why core stability is so vital for our movement systemโ€™s health and longevity. The core, from a muscular standpoint, is so much more than just a 6-pack of washboard abs. It essentially includes any and every that moves the trunk and aids in maintaining a neutral spine position.

This includes the popular โ€œcore musclesโ€ such as the rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, and multifidus, but also other muscles such as the latissimus dorsi, quadratus lumborum, and pectoralis muscles.