Squats are an exercise suitable for every purpose in bike fitting. This is why I will in the following deal with what the exercise of all exercises is all about.
There are typically two completely different reasons for doing a squat in bike fitting. On the one hand it is a movement diagnostic method carried out on solid ground before analysis is continued on the bike to determine physical compensation patterns. Hardly any bike fitter does without squats as the single-legged version is the movement that is most similar to cycling with regard to motion sequence. In the first part of this blog article I will talk about how to do a proper squat as test motion, the second part will be all about the squat as cycling-specific training measure – have fun reading!
SQUATS AS DIAGNOSTIC METHOD ON SOLID GROUND
Before a bike fitting analysis on the bicycle, the rider is asked to do a certain number of squat movements on one leg. This gives a first impression in which area the rider shows a tendency to insufficient movement control. The athlete’s whole body is observed while squatting and ideally is recorded from both sides and frontal view.
I prefer the “single leg to crossing balance” which is done with one leg being moved forwards for the first squat and backwards for the second. If the rider shows a lack of balance there is the opportunity to touch with one finger a wall.
This analysis method should not be lumped together with a correctly done squat – the bike fitter only gives the movement order and corrects as little as possible. This enables him/her to observe the whole range of compensational and evasive patterns.
Read the whole article here: The squat as an indicator in bike fitting – gebioMized