Pulse Squats for Improved Upper Body Core Strength

The Pulse Squat is an exercise I read about years ago but never really used much in my workouts until I understood the importance of the Upper Body Core. I now use this exercise to shift the weak link from the legs to the Upper Body Core, which helps improve overall posture and position on all your squatting movements. Check out this video demo to see this unique exercise in action and more about how it relates to improving your pedaling power on the trail.

-James Wilson-

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  1. Tony says:

    Coach…looks like a great move as a squat variation. Will add it to the training routine. Thanks

    Reply • October 12 at 9:46 am
  2. Ed Kihm says:

    Awesome! I’ll definitely be implementing that into my workouts.

    Reply • October 12 at 1:16 pm
  3. Neil says:

    Hi Coach James,
    thanks, that looks like a great “upper core” exercise.
    It’s really Good to to have something to properly target lat engagement with arms moving forward as if towards the bars. I feel that’s a weak area for me.
    Might it be worth occasionally doing a split stance version too?

    I might even add weight to an old handlebar and try it that way as I think my shoulders feel different when gripping at that 780 bar width. Hmm, might even sort out my manual and bunny hop.
    I saw a great shot in a magazine (Dirt, I think) a while back one of the strong mountainbike guys using a bar and stem set on a floor pad for push-ups. Seemed like a good idea as a variation.
    For sure, though, I do understand that absolute bike position specificity is not how all exercising should be done. If it were, why would swings and dead lifts make me so much stronger on the bike ;-).
    Thanks for the routines in your programs. Especially the KB stuff. Great to have.

    Reply • October 14 at 2:33 am
  4. Jamaal Spencer says:

    Good stuff. Will add this movement to my routine for a few weeks, then evaluate. Expecting a positive outcome.

    Reply • August 15 at 11:25 am

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