Introduction to strength training with Jo McRae: part one - technique first

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Introduction to strength training with Jo McRae: part one – technique first

Mastering squats before adding weight to avoid injury

Awareness of the benefits of ‘strength’ training is gaining momentum for mainstream cyclists as well as for the pros. 

In reality the practice of safe and effective strength work is sometimes more difficult to grasp, and fear of ‘doing it wrong’ or incurring injury can lead to paralysis by analysis.  In the next two features we will look closely at one of the most important of strength exercises – the squat – and break it down to make safe and effective squatting a possibility for everyone.

Launching into loaded exercises without a proper grounding in good technique can be risky. Developing technique before adding weight can help to avoid injury

For those without any background in strength training, launching into loaded exercises without a proper grounding in good technique can be risky.  Most commonly riders go in too strong, creating enough muscle soreness that will make cycling less enjoyable, or at worst causing an injury that demands a lay off. The missing link for many to avoiding these issues is some technique work to create a solid movement foundation before loading any exercise with weight.

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