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I'm following a periodization approach to training for the first time (based on Friel) and was wondering if it makes sense when switching from heavier lifting to more endurance-based strength to do Hindu squats. Has anybody done these? Seen any results?
 

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I have done hindu squats for training. Man did I feel the burn!!!!!! I did see a little improvement in my riding. But I still lift weights and do hindu squats and I have seen quite a bit of improvement in my climbing.
the guy's a bit gung ho over the top (GHOTT), but he's friggin' ripped. goggle his name, but keep a hand on yer wallet. he didn't invent any of this stuff, but if you can get past the hype, there's some great body-weight exercises.

i've noticed a big difference in which muscle groups i work if i raise my heels or keep them flat - flat burns like climbing on the bike.

a word of warning - you can easily work yourself so hard (and so fast!) that it's hard to walk the next day.

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I would be very careful about doing Friel-type endurance work [from his old books] where he advocated doing 30-50+ reps. Just doesn't correlate with reality. That is NOT the kind of endurance that is useful for XC racing.

Far better is doing VERY low cadence efforts ~50 rpm or so, if your knees don't object [chondromalacia doesn't like this!]. Build towards a couple of 10+ min efforts. That builds high force endurance that is MUCH more appropriate for cycling.
 

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Bursts of power but not endurance.

Remember that Hindu Squats are for building "explosive" power. These exercises are more used by grapplers and martial artists to help them get thier opponents off of their feet. I have been doing them for awhile and they help to build power in short bursts but they do not seem to help with anaerobic endurance. It seems that XC training is the only way to go for that.
 
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