Yoga for Cyclists part 15: Core strength

Get that core in tip-top shape to ride harder and faster

by Sarah Barth   January 29, 2013  

Yoga 15

Last week we introduced you to the importance of core strength, and this week there are a few more exercises designed to get the parts of you you can't see in tip-top shape.

These exercises can look after your hamstrings, pelvic floor, and the ring of muscles that surround your torso and hold you up.

These exercises can be done lying down, so that's a bonus, and as usual there are options for the more flexibility-challenged among us.

Add this routine to your arsenal of Yoga for Cyclists videos and you'll find you're reaping the benefits in no time.

For the full Yoga for Cyclists video series click here.

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Anyone do pilates? I've been seriously thinking of giving it a go for two reasons:
one a bad neck caused by generally poor posture but made worse by being sat at a desk and on a road bike for long periods and secondly I want to give getting properly aero on my soon to be built tt bike a go and currently I can barely touch my knees let alone my toes!

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posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
29th January 2013 - 22:16


Yes, I do Pilates and have done for a few years now.

I'm a big advocate - but it should be on
a one-to-one basis, particulalrly if you have long standing back and flexibility problems as I have. After a couple of years of once a week I becanme a lot more flexible, can stand up straight after a few hours on the bike and have increased the length of my stem extension. I have also benefitted from good sports massage.

But my experience of mat classes and the kind of thing you get in the local gym is that you can do as much harm as good.

One to one is expensive, but worth it ibn my expereince. Also try to get as close to Joe Pilates classical method.

posted by ChairRDRF [262 posts]
29th January 2013 - 23:35

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Yes have a go - my partner rates it better than Yoga.
In classes or individual its about a decent trainer and the closer you keep to Joe Pilates method the better


posted by alg [157 posts]
30th January 2013 - 14:04

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Enjoying this series. Apart from anything its handy to have a better understanding of the areas that I should be working on even if I'm not!

If you want to try Pilates there's a great studio in Frome called Pure Moves - they run weekly groups and do one to ones. They also did a course for runners a while back so maybe they could be persuaded to do the same for cyclists?

Disclaimer: Liz (the owner/main teacher) is a good friend so I am wildly biased!

Ride For Precious Lives - Annual Cornwall to Bristol charity ride.

posted by graphite [63 posts]
30th January 2013 - 14:44


Think I'm convinced to give it a go - the class I'm looking at is very small numbers so hopefully that will be okay otherwise I may give 1:1 a go if I think thats the only suitable way.

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posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
30th January 2013 - 22:59

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