Mountain biking: More than just legs!
Get ready for the adventure of your body on a mountain bike. It’s time to hit the trails—enjoy the great outdoors, fresh air, trees, and dirt. Sounds fun huh?!
If you are an avid, average or a beginning cyclist, Yoga Tune Up® practices might be the way to take your cycling to another, higher level. Strength, neuromuscular education, and body balance, along with YTU Therapy Balls will help you feel more confident, relaxed in the saddle, hone your ability to stay focused on rough terrain, support you with inclines and declines, thereby improving every phase of your riding.
This is what you’ll need besides your bike, helmet, and water—a whole lot of your body! So you don’t leave out anything essential here’s your packing list of specific areas to train for cycling enjoyment.
It is a misconception that the leg muscles are the main essential contributors and the most significant in your mechanics of riding. There is so much more because descents, ascents, and rugged terrain, all use different muscles.
Starting with your feet, since you apply force through your feet with each pedal stroke poor placement, for example pronation or supination, will travel up through the entire kinetic chain, causing stress or discomfort in the knees and hips.
Ankle and foot mobility is needed to balance the rest of your body on a bike.
And yes the legs are super important and a necessary part of your whole experience. Once you are conscious of proper foot stroke placement, notice the knees, and maintain proper alignment over the centers of your feet, not rolling in toward your bike frame or bowing out beyond your pinky toes. Move on up to the thighs, quadriceps get tighter as they get stronger, the rectus femoris functions to both flex your hip and extend the knee, whereas the vastus medialis assists straightening your knee in the down stroke. Gluteus maximus is used extensively when lifting and lowering our thighs, the semi tendinosis (a hamstring) works in conjunction to flex your knee, all these are major players in the pumping actions producing the pedal revolution. Read the rest of this blog post »