Thursday, 22 November 2012

Group Drills and Positions that Prevent Injury

Although indoor cycling may seem easy, there really is more to it than just riding a bike. You will be prone to injuries if you don’t pay attention to your posture while riding. It can also lead to bone misalignment and discomfort. The best way to get used to the proper riding forms is to tackle the body from head to toe in four different zones. Group cycling drills can help you practice these positions by concentrating on each zone.

Zone #1 – Head and Neck
In most cases, indoor cycling instructors usually concentrate on your legs and feet. Straining your neck to get a better view may cause head and neck injuries. You can avoid these injuries by keeping your head centred. Also, don’t gaze too high or too low, which may throw your head back. Stay relaxed and stay focused by looking straight ahead.

Zone #2 – Hand, Elbows, Shoulders, Chest, and Upper Back
Putting your attention to this zone area during group cycling drills will prevent injuries, particularly in your shoulders and upper back. The key is to keep your spine long chest as open as you can to develop an effective breathing rhythm. It is also important to keep your chest and shoulders strong to maintain good posture. Remember, chest out and relax your shoulders.

Zone #3 – Hips, Abdominals, and Lower Back
In group cycling classes, the core of your body is always a crucial focus. If you don’t know how to use your core muscles during the ride, you will end up bouncing around the bike. This can bring about pain and discomfort, which could stop you from cycling again. By focusing on this zone, you can enjoy riding more comfortably. To maintain proper form, keep your hips stable to support your knees. Exercise your abdominal muscles regularly to avoid strain and pain in your lower back. You should also keep your normal spine position when riding and keep your hips properly aligned to the bike.

Zone #4 – Feet, Shins, Knees, and Thighs
Although this is an important area in indoor cycling, sometimes riders still neglect their posture sometimes. You can avoid foot, ankle, and knee injuries by practicing efficient pedal strokes, rather than focusing on your speed. When pedalling, make sure that the power is coming from your large muscles at the thighs to avoid any strains. Don’t let the flyweight of the bike to do all the work for you.

Always practice safety first when you are taking part in group cycling drills. Practice one zone at a time in every session until you get the hang of it. Indoor cycling is an excellent, therapeutic cardio exercise but it is important to do it right to prevent serious injuries.

Photo Credits: Flickr Creative Commons

No comments:

Post a Comment