Introduction to strength training with Jo McRae: part two - free and loaded squats

Expert road bike reviews and the latest road bike news, features and advice. Find rides & events, training articles and participate in our forums


How To

Introduction to strength training with Jo McRae: part two – free and loaded squats

Off-the-bike exercises to improve on-the-bike performance

As we established in the previous feature on the preparatory Swiss Ball Wall Squat, good technique is essential for safe and effective ‘free’ and loaded squats. This time we look at where to start with a free squat and several ways to add weight to maximise your progress.  With any exercise, especially where added weights are involved, the most important point is the ‘form principle’. That is to say you should never do more repetitions than you can do with perfect form. 

For cyclists with no experience of strength trainging, exercise with a neutral spine can be a good place to start

If your flexibility is limited, you can work with a limited range squat and gradually develop more range of movement as you get more flexible and strong together. For some cyclists without any strength training background a bodyweight squat done with a ‘neutral’ spine may in itself be a training stimulus to start with. As you will see, a stick can be a useful prop to practice good technique before adding a loaded bar.

Discuss in the forum


Newsletter Terms & Conditions

Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. If you are not interested you can unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy.

Read our full Privacy Policy as well as Terms & Conditions.