Today I was at the gym and my friend Freddys told me he had read my blog, where I expressed my inability to perform Pistols. His question to me was, “so what are you doing about it?”
I was a bit taken aback by his forthright query and my response was a witty, “Huh?”
He followed up with, “So you’ve identified a weakness, you made it public, what are you doing to rectify it.?” I confess, I looked like a deer in the headlights, so he persisted, “Why do you think you cannot do Pistols?” I replied, “There are two reasons that I am aware of, I lack strength to squat on one leg, and I lack balance.”
He persisted, “So what are you doing to build strength for that movement, and to gain confidence regarding balance?”
It was clear that he wasn’t going to let me off the hook. So I showed him my feeble method for practicing Pistols, holding a post on the weight rack and trembling into a one-legged squat. He haughtily dismissed it as an attempt to patronize him so he would shut up, and he didn’t give up. He turned his back to me as he walked across the room, and he instructed me to follow him to a plyo box.
He instructed me to sit on a 20-inch box. He had me place my right foot about 5 or 6 inches from the base of the box. He told me to lift my left leg 90 degrees to the floor. He told me to stretch my arms forward and to stand on my right leg. I couldn’t do it. So he gave me a small 9# kettlebell to use as a counterweight and told me to try again. It wasn’t a pretty sight, but I was able to rise. He had me do five reps with each leg several times.
He instructed me to do that repetition several times every day until I develop strength, balance and muscle memory. As much as I like writing, once you go public, someone is going to hold you accountable to fix what’s broken. So if you see someone in the corner, looking like a wounded heron standing on one leg, don’t be concerned. It’s just me, trying to walk the walk. Thanks Freddys.