Yoga flow sequences come in many forms. Here I give you one that provides an easy way to flex and extend through the key areas of tightness for many athletes – the upper and lower back, hips and legs. What differentiates yoga from simply stretching is the union of breath, movement and awareness. This synergy … Continue reading Simple Flow Sequence for Spine, Hips and Legs
The day before Lockdown I was lucky to get my hands on a smart trainer and I joined the Zwift community. Until then I’d only ridden on a basic trainer when it was too difficult to get my ride done outside. Like many others in the world at present, I’ve been clocking up several good … Continue reading Got some Covid19 Zwift fatigue in your quads and back? Hero Pose can help with that!
No pool? No home gym? No problem – I’ve got you sorted to be able to maintain your upper body and core strength with this routine during the Covid19 lockdown. One of the great assets of having a regular yoga practice is that you can develop functional strength without needing any equipment. Yoga harnesses the … Continue reading Stay Swim Strong with this Yoga Workout
Swimmers, cyclists and triathletes are prone to aches and niggles in their necks, shoulders and upper backs. There can be many causes, but two common ones are repetitive use injuries, like rotator cuff pain in swimming; and having poor upper body posture from hours hunched over your handlebars or looking up from your aerobars. There … Continue reading Free your Shoulders and Upper Back with these Stretches
There are four phases to the freestyle swim stroke: the catch, the pull, the exit and the recovery. If you do a web search how to improve your swim stroke, you’ll find oodles of technical advice and plenty of conflict. Which isn’t really very helpful when you want to learn how to go faster in … Continue reading Lengthen Your Stroke With This Stretch
While having good core strength through your hips and pelvis is essential for alignment, power and efficiency, overly tight hips and glutes can contribute to mechanical problems such as lower back and sacroiliac discomfort, sciatica, hamstring strains and knee pain. In swimming the glutes and hip flexors generate force through legs for your kick. In … Continue reading Avoid Hip Pain and Strain With These Simple Stretches
Whether you swim, bike, run or do all three, having a strong and stable core is essential. This requires more than doing sit ups and having a six pack. When you swim your core extends from your hips to your upper back, giving you the stability and alignment for good rotation and a long powerful … Continue reading Do these 6 exercises to strengthen your swim-bike-run core
What do you do after a hard training session or race to rest your body? Lie on the couch? Sit in an icy cold bath? Pull on your compression socks and head out to the nearest café for a feed? Yoga is wonderful toolbox for an athlete because you can always find a pose that … Continue reading Do these 2 Poses to Boost Your Recovery