10 Minutes to More Power (& A Pain-Free Ride)

Four lower-body stretches that will improve flexibility, give you more power on the bike, and ease achy muscles.


Lindsey Emery |

Four lower-body stretches that will improve flexibility, give you more power on the bike, and ease achy muscles. – By Lindsey Emery

Cycling’s static position and repetitive motion create muscular imbalances that lead to tightness and pain, says yoga instructor Katie Brauer­, currently a director of teacher training and yoga programming at a US yoga studio.  These ­factors can also compromise your ability to generate power. This sequence targets the hips, glutes, quads and hamstrings. Do it for 10 minutes after every ride. Remember to breathe. When you’re holding a stretch or yoga pose, inhale and go deeper into the position with each exhale.

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