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!
This full body posterior stretch is an excellent fundamental pose for both lengthening and strengthening your body. It builds strong wrists, arms and shoulders, while releasing tension in your back, hips, hamstrings, calves and ankles. Both runners and cyclists can benefit from the all-over stretch. For swimmers, this pose can help build upper body strength … Continue reading Downward Facing Dog Pose – a full body stretch for every athlete
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
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
Why do I recommend adding yoga into your training regime? Yoga is an excellent practice for developing: overall flexibility and ease of movement,core stability,structural balance and alignment,improved blood flow and lymphatic drainage,supportive breathing patterns, andobjective self-awareness. Most people think yoga is just about being stretchy and it’s a well-known fact that static stretching improves flexibility. … Continue reading How Yoga Can Give You A Performance Edge