Strengthen and Relieve Tension: 10 Best Yoga Poses for Cyclists
Cycling can be an intensive workout that puts pressure on important muscles of your body. Knowing how to relieve tension, strengthen specific areas, and increase flexibility are important elements to training. A great way to complement the rigorous training that comes along with cycling is yoga.
There are many specific yoga poses that can improve and complement your cycling workouts. So, to find out what postures the professionals practice we chatted with Jimmy Minardi, Founder of Minardi Training, former pro-cyclist, personal trainer, yoga teacher and creator of “Minardi Surfer Yoga” and Dempsey Marks, fitness trainer, yoga instructor and Founder of DempseyFIT.com who competes in triathlons, marathons and more.
Both experts use yoga in their everyday lives to strengthen and relieve tension for their muscles most used in cycling. “Incorporating yoga into your workout routine is a great way to improve your core, giving you overall body strength in very specific cycling muscle groups,” explains Minardi. “It also increases flexibility, stability and mobility, allowing for greater range of motion on a bike; but most importantly, it will keep you out of the injury bin.”
Whether you practice yoga frequently, or are just a beginner, these 10 yoga poses for cyclists are great complements to your two-wheeled training.