Strong hamstrings will enable you to pedal efficiently throughout your ride and reduce the risk of injury.
Common forms of pain from cycling , such as back pain, often stem from weak hamstrings. Therefore, your strength training for cycling should work on these oft-neglected muscles.
The muscles used in cycling are primarily the quadriceps at the front of your thigh, followed by the hamstrings. They can be under-developed, leading to muscle imbalances – a frequent cause of cycling knee pain .
While this article will focus on stretching and strengthening your hamstrings, we also recommend foam roller exercises to roll out tight muscles and core training to make your back more resilient to long rides.
As for your road bike position , it’s crucial you know how to get your saddle height right . Putting your saddle too high can place too much stress on your hamstrings. What are your hamstrings?
Hamstring is the collective term that’s often used for the posterior (rear) thigh muscles.
They consist of the semimembranosus, the semitendinosus and the biceps femoris muscles – a series of muscles that span the thigh, crossing both the hip and the knee.The muscles begin just below the buttocks, where they attach to the ischium (the lower part of the hip) and connect onto the top of the lower-leg bones (the tibia and the fibula). Your posterior thigh muscles bend your knee and straighten your hip. How do your hamstrings work when cycling? The hamstrings work hardest when you pull your leg up […]