Stretching is something all of us know we should do. Keeping up with a regular routine after your rides will help to keep you more supple – resulting in fewer injuries and stronger performances where your muscles are free to work at their optimum.
To help you remain supple, we’ve teamed up with the guys at Velo Atelier to bring you a series of six video guides for stretching, followed by six strengthening moves later in the summer.
Instructed by Level 3 Pilates teacher, Dorte Jensen, the videos will demonstrate stretches for key areas which can become a source of irritation for cyclists:
- Glutes (view that one here)
- Quads (below)
- Hip Flexors
Our second stretch is a quad stretch. The quadriceps are the outer thigh muscles, and they work incredibly hard for cyclists – particularly when you’re riding at high intensity, climbing, or using a bigger gear. Tight quads can pull on the muscles around the knee, causing discomfort that’s often tricky to shake – so it’s well worth looking after them.
Here’s the video to show you how to stretch your quad muscles properly, without stressing your lower back or knee…