Stretch it Out For Better Flexibility: Part One
Rick Schultz with Amy Schultz, PT, DPT, CSCS
Along with the help of my daughter who is a physical therapist, I’ve comprised a series that features a list of stretches that I run my clients through during a fit or coaching session. These stretches are designed to help warm up the psoas (hip flexors), hamstrings, glutes, lower back, calves, and quads. Any perceived Leg Length Discrepancy (LLD) and other functional tightness usually disappears with pre-ride stretching. Just remember not to overstretch when you’re cold. Sometimes it’s better to do an active warm up like walking or jogging around the block in that case. Do a couple rounds of these stretches with some deep breaths for better flexibility and movement.
Stretch 1 – Start
Lay flat on your back with your knees bent, your arms by your sides, and lower back pressed against the ground.
Stretch 1 – Finish
Lift your hips to the sky while keeping your head and neck still. Release your hips back down.
Stretch 2 – Options 1 & 2
Stretch 3 – Options 1 & 2
Coach Rick Schultz specializes in coaching cyclists so that they can achieve their best. He is a certified bike fitter and author of Bike Fit 101: Your Toolset for a Great Bike Fit. Send your questions to [email protected] or ask on twitter @BICYCLISTxyz #askthecoach
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