Increase your flexibility—and improve your cycling—with these stretches.
- By Joe Lindsey
These yoga poses, though they’re also strength moves, will double as stretches to warm up or loosen-up post-ride. You’ll need a soft surface or yoga mat, a foam support block, and a strap or latex resistance band. Hold each pose for five to 10 breaths (about 30 seconds), remembering to breathe through your nose. After you reach the proper position, says Farmar, concentrate on improving it with each inhalation–flatten your back a little more, stretch your hamstrings a tiny bit farther.
1. Downward-facing dog
Works: Lengthens back muscles and hamstrings, for more power on the pedal backstroke.