Training

 

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How to stretch like a Pro

 

March 2013

 

We all know we should stretch after training. But if you can combine stretching with core work then you can literally kill two birds with one stone. And with that in mind here’s a great little video from the Global Cycling Network (GCN) in which Topi Lösönen, CEO of Finnish fitness company Fustra and trainer for the IAM cycling team, gives some brief tips on the sort of stretching with core work that we as cyclists need to be doing every day…

 

As such the title is a little misleading, as its not just stretching. We’ve done a lot of different stretch and core routines over the years, and this one is excellent. Its relatively short and stretches the main cycling muscles plus it gives you that much needed core strength at the same time.

 

The exercise routine consists of:

 

1. Hip Flexor Stretch

 

IAM Hip Flexor Stretch

IAM Hip Flexor Stretch

 

2. Side Stretch

 

IAM Side Stretch

IAM Side Stretch

 

3. Hamstring Stretch

 

IAM Hamstring Stretch

IAM Hamstring Stretch

 

4. Butterfly Stretch

 

IAM Butterfly Stretch

IAM Butterfly Stretch


IAM Butterfly Stretch 2

IAM Butterfly Stretch 2


IAM Butterfly Stretch 3

IAM Butterfly Stretch 3

 

5. Squat Stretch

 

IAM Squat Stretch

IAM Squat Stretch

 

6. Rotation Stretch

 

IAM Rotation Stretch

IAM Rotation Stretch

 

7. Hamstring / Push Up with Ball

 

IAM Hamstring Push Up with Ball

IAM Hamstring Push Up with Ball

 

8. Finnish Chair Stretch

 

IAM Finnish Chair Stretch

IAM Finnish Chair Stretch

 

Watch the video to see how you should perform each exercise. Topi recommends that for best results you perform the exercises on a daily basis and with only 8 exercises there’s no excuse really…

 

 

Global Cycling Network

 

IAM Pro Cycling Team

 

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