Here are a couple of quick pilates exercises you can try out at home.
Let us know how they went.
Part 5: Hip Flexors
One of the most common stretches given to cyclists is a simple hip flexor lunge stretch. Stretching the hip flexor muscles helps to improve hip mobility, increase flexibility and improve posture on the bike. Here I give you a couple of tricks to make the most of this stretch and make it that much more effective.
- Kneeling with one leg forward, knee bent at a 90-degree angle.
- Make sure your hips are in line with your back knee.
- Instead of leaning straight into the stretch, rather get a little taller with the body.
- Squeeze the buttocks of the back leg and flatten out your lower back, engaging your abdominals.
- Lift the arm opposite your front leg and lean slightly over to same side as that leg.
- Hold for 30 seconds each side.
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Olivia Bloomer is a Biokineticist as well as Skills Development Facilitator at The Sport Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA). She is a qualified yoga instructor and passionate about using biokinetics and yoga as a tool for rehabilitation and performance enhancement.
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