We're bringing you the full series of road.cc Yoga for Cyclists videos, and in this installment, we look at the groups of muscles used in cycling, and how to free up the joints for greater movement and balance across opposing muscles.
The body's muscles work in pairs, one muscle extending and one muscle contracting to achieve every movement. Often, and particularly for cyclists, we only use one side of the equation, creating an increased possibility of injury and instability.
Here, resident road.cc yoga expert Kate Burt explains exactly how that can happen, and how the road bike posture forces muscles into partial contractions by default.
If, when watching our Yoga for Cyclists series, you identify a muscle group that lacks a complete range of movement, Kate will take you through some simple exercises to free up the muscles and joints.
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.