Calling all cyclists with tight hamstrings!
How many times have you stretched your hammies and they always feel like steel cables?
Today I’m going to show you a mobility exercise that will put some WD-40 on those guys.
WHAT CAUSES TIGHT HAMSTRINGS
Ever go for a long ride on your bike and you wake up the next day with hamstrings so tight, no matter how much stretching you do?
This is usually caused by poor strength in the quads and hip flexors when your hamstrings are lengthened.
As a cyclist, I know you have strong quads, but when the hamstrings are being stretched out its a whole new ball game.
HOW TO GET RID OF TIGHT HAMSTRINGS
By placing the hamstrings in a stretched position and contracting your quads and hip flexors your nervous system will finally unlock those steel cables running up your hamstrings. The key is strengthening them while in the stretched position. That’s where the magic happens!
So next time you feel like your hamstrings are all locked up, instead of just stretching them, hop on the floor and give this exercise from my 30 day program, The Strong and Mobile Cyclist a try.
At first it will appear super simple, but once you do the first couple of reps, you’ll feel first hand how your hamstrings will finally start to lighten up.
A magic marker or something similar in size (about 1/2 inch thick)
A yoga block or something similar like a pillow, blanket, towels, etc.
GET MORE OF MY FAVORITES
For more of my favorite mobility exercises to bulletproof your body click the link below where you can get my 3 must-have mobility moves that I use every single day. It’s free so check it out!
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ABOUT COACH MATT PIPPIN
Matt is a Strength and Mobility Coach with over 15 years experience in his field and has coached over a thousand professional, collegiate and everyday athletes with the goal to help them move, feel and perform at their highest level. He's incredibly passionate about bringing simple and effective online mobility training programs to everyone who wants to take control of their self care and make lasting change. CLICK HERE to learn more.
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Level 3: Fascial Stretch Specialist
Level 1: Institute of Motion Health Coach
Certified FRC Mobility Specialist (FRCms)
Level 1 Kinstretch Instructor
Weck Method Qualified