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    That's not a single leg squat! It's a (much easier) variant of a lunge. And a not very deep one at that. A single leg squat is when .. err.. you stand on a single leg and squat right down - butt to ankle. Like this

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    True and that's why it's labelled as a back bench single legged squat. The exercise you describe and give a link to is fantastic, if you can do it. However, most people would not have the strength or flexibility to manage it so an easier variation that the majority of people can manage is far more appropriate.

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    erm wouldnt want to do either thanks wil just keep walking to keep fit hopefully

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    Nikalas - then maybe you should label it as a back bench lunge, since it isn't a squat. And if you intend more people to manage it, wouldn't it be be better (and safer) to dispense with the bench and just do regular lunges with the back foot on on the ground too?

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    feeling invisible again

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    I wouldn't do pistols, myself, but I do do single leg squats that take me down part of the way. It's an extremely good way of strengthening leg muscles and ensuring that the patellas track properly.

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    The version of a one leg squat I do, as taught by my physio, when recovering from knee problems, is, a 'half squat'. I.E. you go down till your thigh is parallel to the ground, hold for a few seconds, then stand up.

    I find this version much harder than a full squat and is not reccommended for people with 'dodgy' knees, unless you work up to it slowly, if you are able.

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    As in all exercise movements it is important to do a complete
    bending or straightening of the limb or muscle group.As a simple
    example ,the curl using weights, were the arms hang straight down
    in front and the hands are curled up to the shoulder.To achieve
    full benefit the arms must hang straight and the fists must touch the shoulder to finish, return to hanging straight down.
    Should the hands not reach the shoulder or not straighten a
    shortening of muscle tendons will take place.
    Half squats are also a good example, leaving you with a limited
    range of movement under pressure. The hamstring or"biceps formoris"
    at the back of the thigh and quardriceps at the being part
    of the group . Cheers.

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    When I was heavily into martial arts I used to be able to do one-leg squats a la ALS definition.

    Just tried it; oh dear

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    If anyone wants to include the single leg squat in training,
    stand on a chair,hold the back of the chair lightly for balance,
    do a full squat down slowly,stop briefly at the bottom and rise
    equally slowly to a full straighten of the working leg.Speed of
    carrying the exercise is of no extra benefit.
    In the demonstration shown, it is the holding out horizontally
    out front which causes the problem, which in turn serves no
    purpose or benefit as a walking exercise.Cheers.

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    Pretty shameless - good on yer..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim. View Post
    you'll catch your death in a vest like that young Tim.

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    These 'sguats, thrusts and lunges' are pretty vague. Could a female OM'er please post a (lycra clad) video so i know what you are all talking about?

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    You feckin prevert Tim!

    One to one tuition in your own home!

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    Jealous Mike............. Me too!!!!!!!!

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    "Alternate Arm and Leg" - Will this one be especially useful in the Namib desert on hot sand? I've seen the shovel-snouted lizard doing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALoveSupreme View Post
    That's not a single leg squat! It's a (much easier) variant of a lunge. And a not very deep one at that. A single leg squat is when .. err.. you stand on a single leg and squat right down - butt to ankle. Like this
    Hurk. Are those things supposed to be exercising your muscles or your ability to balance? I don't seem to be able to have both at the same time

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    They do both. As I said earlier, I don't do those full squats, just partial ones, which cured very effectively a chronic knee problem I was having a few years ago by strengthening leg muscles. The fringe benefit was improving balance too.

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