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Old 12-18-17, 08:57 PM
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Using yoga/pilates to become a better cyclists

just started attending a yoga class at the local gym in the hopes of developing greater flexibility and core strength so I can ride faster/longer.
any success stories on using yoga? how long did it take to see results ,if any?
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Old 12-18-17, 09:09 PM
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The longer you do it, the more results you will see. Yoga will make you a better cyclist, and cycling will make you a better yoga student.

I hate doing yoga in a gym; too many distractions. I subscribe to this lady and practice 2 - 3 times a week: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene/videos
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I've been a yoga practitioner for about 6 years now and an avid cyclist for about 10 years. Yoga has done so much for me, from flexibility to relief from stress and anxiety. There are many different yoga styles, and some are better at certain things. I primarily practice Kundalini (great for relaxation and flexibility) and Ashtanga (great for strength and flexibility).

I think yoga has been a huge contributor to my better health, fitness and peace of mind and also has been a significant factor in better cycling. I can't say how long it took, but it was gradual. I saw tremendous improvement initially and then it became more gradual and subtle. I will be a lifelong yoga practitioner because I love it and see many benefits.
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Yoga is excellent! With the right teachers, you should achieve all your goals. And more.

I'm a big fan of yin yoga. That style will improve your flexibility, body awareness, and mental toughness, and it will fit in with an already busy cycling schedule. Be careful with "hot yoga" and "power yoga" - those can be good workouts but are often detrimental to your recovery.
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I subscribe to this lady and practice 2 - 3 times a week: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene/videos
The best free yoga videos I've ever come across!
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Dunno if it made me a better cyclist but I started doing some 30-minute youtube yoga routine about a year ago because my back and neck were killing me and it was instant releif after the first workout.

What I didn't expect was that it really helped alleviate my leg cramping issues that I had been battling, which I had thought were heat cramps but as it turns out I really just needed to stretch more.
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Stretching after a ride followed by an IPA beer flight works for me...
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Stretching after a ride followed by an IPA beer flight works for me...
those flights of beer are why I need the exercise
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Havent done any yoga, but planning on starting. I could see it being a great recovery day or after ride activity that would compliment cycling well.
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Originally Posted by Joe_Gardner View Post
I hate doing yoga in a gym; too many distractions. I subscribe to this lady and practice 2 - 3 times a week: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene/videos
+1 for Adriene.
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