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Myofascial release (self massage) and stretching are really important for everyone, but if you take part in an activity with repetitive movements, like cycling, then it is even more key to staying injury free. Here are some reasons why:

• Alleviating Tight Hip Flexors

Cyclists often experience tight hip flexors due to the repetitive pedaling motion. Myofascial release techniques and stretching can effectively target and release tension in the hip flexors. This improves flexibility and range of motion, allowing for more efficient and powerful pedaling.

• Managing IT Band Syndrome

IT band syndrome is a common overuse injury among cyclists. Regular maintenance stretching and massage can help to prevent the recurrence of this condition, enabling uninterrupted training and competition.

• Increasing Flexibility and Range of Motion

Regular massage and stretching keep muscles supple and joints mobile, essential for efficient pedaling mechanics and optimal body positioning. Enhanced flexibility allows for better bike handling, and increased power output.

• Enhancing Muscle Recovery and Reducing Fatigue

Myofascial release improves blood circulation, facilitating the removal of lactic acid and metabolic waste products that accumulate during intense cycling. This aids in faster muscle recovery, reducing soreness and fatigue, allowing for more effective training sessions.

• Injury Prevention

By identifying and addressing muscle imbalances and areas of tension, regular massage and stretching can prevent the build-up of adhesions and the development of overuse injuries. This allows cyclists to train consistently without disruptions caused by injuries.

To get the most out of self-myofascial release you need to be putting it into your training regularly, which is why I developed my Stretch Fit six week course. This course will give you all the tools you need to effectively stretch and massage your muscles form the comfort of your own home.

Find out more: https://beyondthestudiopilates.co.uk/stretchfit/

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