Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pistols from an HIT guy

This is Patrick Diver - the trainer at Greyhound Fitness - doing pistols.


He is a proper HIT guy - just like Doug McGuff and John Little who were interviewed here - so it is interesting to see his training give him the strength for this.

16 comments:

Clamence said...

Since when is being able to barely perform 5 bodyweight pistols impressive?

Chris said...

Can you do it Clamence?

Chainey said...

Even without trying I can assure that I would not even be able to do one.

In fact I might not even be able to do the descending phase of one!

Clamence said...

Sure, they were part of my ACL rehab two years back, was doing 8 on repaired knee within 6 months of operation.

Clamence said...

It's a great exercise, but most people in any decent shape without huge knee/hip issues can learn to do 5-6 in at most a few weeks.

Chris said...

Congratulations Clamence. A lot of the pistol is about balance and flexibility and it is something of a party piece, but it does require strength.

The point was that there are those that criticise HIT saying it doesn't create strength or fitness. I was purely demonstrating that this HIT guy found pistols relatively straightforward with little practice.

All you seem to do is come here and criticise. What is that about?

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with playing devil's advocate? Better some comments that engage in a little debate than a bunch of sycophants just nodding their heads of agreement. Blog it and suck it in--that's what comments are all about.

Sure the HIT guy was impressive. He looks really skinny, so the fact that he can do a few pistols is salutary. It's good to see that there are more ways to skin a cat than just concentrating solely on pistols alone.

Chris said...

Blog it and suck it in--that's what comments are all about

fair enough....

Chainey said...

If the commenter can criticise, then why can't the blogger criticise the critic?

Free speech works both ways.

Comment and suck it in.

Dream said...

"He looks really skinny,"

Patrick does look a bit thin on camera, but in person his physique is quite impressive (very strong), and he is very lean. Dont let the camera fool you! =)

-Anthony

Clamence said...

Chris:

Fair enough, I didn't think the perception was HIT didn't get you strong, rather it was too dogmatic.

Reading through my comments, only about half of them have been particularly critical.

The slate article I ripped up was just bad journalism and a lack of basic reading ability...

I'll try to be more positive =D

Ian C said...

I think the words that accompany the video - "so it is interesting to see his training give him strength for this" - suggests that people people might think it surprising he can do it since he trains like a "proper HIT guy" - whatever that is :)

Single leg squats have a large skill and flexibility element but this can be overcome in little time with practise and no other strength training involved - except of course the body weight training needed to do single leg squats.

I'm really not sure that the benefits are of this exercise - I can see lots of benefits of other single leg exercises but I struggle with this one.

Anonymous said...

Its a whole leg exercise that takes you to failure in 5 reps and requires no equipment at all. How is the value of that hard to understand?

Wazzup said...

I'm weary of taking strength advice from people who's calves are smaller than my forearms.

The dude looks too skinny for my goals, therefore is there any relevance in what he is doing ?

Chris said...

"Wazzup"

in a word - yes. Of course there is relevance.

The way someone looks doesn't affect the validity of what they are saying. The guy with small calves may well know a damn sight more than you about a lot of things - including how to get stringer. In many ways I probably know more about training than some competitive bodybuilders but without (a) their genes and (b) their drugs I will always be smaller than them.

Realise that some "skinny" guys actually know a lot.

Chris said...

stringer = stronger..