/ Cyclists who climb? do you struggle with leg flex?
So I was wondering if any other cyclists have had the same problem when climbing and what they did to get over it?
My figuring is pilates or yoga classes and much more stretching below the hips before I start.
Do I need to go further and stretch even when not climbing to 'loosen' up the knot? thoughts? what have you done?
My hip flexibility was/is pretty poor. Also I thought it was my hamstrings but having done some stretching with a trainer it turned out to be my calfs that are tight.
I certainly have flexibility issues (I can't touch my toes, in fact I barely get beyond my knees) but I don't find it a problem when climbing, in that I can get my feet onto (and use) holds much higher than many non cycling friends.
I do stretches as part of my warm up, but not as much as I should
I do have problems getting Jeans that fit tho
Since those posts I have started ashtanga yoga, once a week, and it is definitely helping. I am definitely the least flexible person in the class in the hip/hamstring/lower back (ie. cycling, running, mountaineering muscles) but my upper body flex isn't too bad. This morning my hamstrings feel like they've been stretched to buggery, but in a good way. I have been told that a fairly regular stretching routine is the best way to improve, and to take your time with it. I feel your pain...
> I certainly have flexibility issues (I can't touch my toes, in fact I barely get beyond my knees) but I don't find it a problem when climbing, in that I can get my feet onto (and use) holds much higher than many non cycling friends.
I'm the same. There's clearly more than one kind of flexibility, and being able to touch your toes doesn't appear to be that useful for climbing, whereas being able to stand on a hold by your face is...
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