Yoga for Cyclists

Author: Lexie Williamson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 140819063X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

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Yoga is fast becoming an essential performance tool for road cyclists keen to improve flexibility, core strength, balance, breathing efficiency and mental focus. Most cyclists want to ride harder for longer but the unnatural slouched posture and repetitive nature of riding takes its toll on the body. Short, tight hamstrings, hip flexors and quadriceps are easily damaged and, over time, can cause knock-on problems in the lower back or knees. But a cyclist with a supple back, hips and hamstrings will not only be far less prone to overuse injuries than his stiffer training partners. He can also hunker down into aerodynamic positions easily and ride for longer, with more comfort. A cyclist able to breathe slower and deeper will breathe more efficiently and economically. A cyclist able to reduce adrenaline and control a scattered mind with concentration techniques will remain calm and focused in the heat of a race. Yoga for Cyclists will be the first title to address all of these areas by adapting yoga techniques specifically for cyclists of all levels, in clear, concise chapters. This is the ideal, no-nonsense resource, where every stretch, strengthening posture, breathing or recovery technique relates back to its impact on performance. Also included in this enhanced ebook are twelve video clips of selected yoga sequences.

Yoga for Cyclists

Author: Lexie Williamson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408190648

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

View: 5974

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Yoga is fast becoming an essential performance tool for road cyclists keen to improve flexibility, core strength, balance, breathing efficiency and mental focus. Most cyclists want to ride harder for longer but the unnatural slouched posture and repetitive nature of riding takes its toll on the body. Short, tight hamstrings, hip flexors and quadriceps are easily damaged and, over time, can cause knock-on problems in the lower back or knees. But a cyclist with a supple back, hips and hamstrings will not only be far less prone to overuse injuries than his stiffer training partners. He can also hunker down into aerodynamic positions easily and ride for longer, with more comfort. A cyclist able to breathe slower and deeper will breathe more efficiently and economically. A cyclist able to reduce adrenaline and control a scattered mind with concentration techniques will remain calm and focused in the heat of a race. Yoga for Cyclists will be the first title to address all of these areas by adapting yoga techniques specifically for cyclists of all levels, in clear, concise chapters. This is the ideal, no-nonsense resource, where every stretch, strengthening posture, breathing or recovery technique relates back to its impact on performance.

Yoga for Cyclists

Author: Lexie Williamson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408190478

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 192

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Yoga for Cycling uses yoga postures to both stretch and lengthen those short, tight cycling hotspots in a way that is time-efficient and highly targeted.

Yoga for Runners

Author: Lexie Williamson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408190664

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

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Running is a fantastic cardiovascular workout that floods the body with 'feel good' endorphins and many runners find its rhythmic, repetitive nature a natural stress reliever and maybe even meditative. The downside of repetitive motion, however, is that it taxes a few select groups of muscles (hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and Achilles) and neglects the remainder. This leads to muscular imbalances and, eventually, injury. This book addresses these imbalances by using yoga postures to both stretch and lengthen these short, tight running hotspots in a way that is time-efficient and highly targeted. Like yoga it's a union of all these physical and mental aspects that affect the performance of the runner as a whole. Practice the techniques together to become a stronger, smoother runner who is less prone to injury. Breathe deeper and more efficiently to train for longer. Gain a clear head to tackle negative distractions as you train or race, and in life generally. Also included in this enhanced ebook are twelve video clips of selected yoga postures and sequences.

Hit Reset

Revolutionary Yoga for Athletes

Author: Erin Taylor

Publisher: VeloPress

ISBN: 1937716775

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 256

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HIT RESET offers athletes new ways to find more speed, power, and endurance. Yoga coach Erin Taylor’s HIT RESET program uses yoga to solve the specific problems you face as an athlete. Her revolutionary approach to yoga can improve functional strength, flexibility, muscle recruitment, breathing and focus, core strength, and durability. HIT RESET starts by defining 10 problems that hold athletes back and the yoga solutions that can fix them. Each chapter shows you how your body should work, how to self-diagnose flaws in your movement and functional strength, and how to apply just a few specific yoga poses so you can “hit reset” and get back to athletic form. The yoga solutions in HIT RESET take just a few minutes before or after your workout, and you won’t need a mat or studio classes. Armed with these key, highly effective yoga fixes, you’ll begin a radical redefinition of balance that can make you a healthier, stronger, and faster athlete. HIT RESET can help you solve: Imbalances that lead to injury by redefining balance from head to toe Feeling easily winded with deep breathing exercises Feeling distracted or nervous with focus exercises Poor posture with core activating and strengthening poses Sleepy feet and stiff calves for a stronger foundation Knee pain with better form and strength poses Stiff hamstrings and sleepy glutes with activation exercises Unstable hips and IT band problems with hip helpers Stiff shoulders and sides with opening poses Yoga can help you in your sport, but only if your yoga is solving the problems you face as an athlete. HIT RESET offers a yoga revolution for athletes by making yoga work for you. Join the HIT RESET revolution and you'll find a no-nonsense approach that will make you a stronger, more resilient athlete.

Tom Danielson's Core Advantage

Core Strength for Cycling's Winning Edge

Author: Tom Danielson,Allison Westfahl

Publisher: VeloPress

ISBN: 1937716295

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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Tom Danielson's Core Advantage offers a simple, highly effective core strength program for cyclists. This comprehensive approach shows the 50 essential core workout exercises that will build strength and endurance in the key core muscles for cycling—no gym membership required. Professional cyclist Tom Danielson used to have a bad back. He shifted in the saddle, never comfortable, often riding in pain. Hearing that core strength could help his back, he started doing crunches, which made matters worse. He turned to personal trainer Allison Westfahl for a new approach. Danielson and Westfahl developed all-new core exercises to build core strength specifically for cycling, curing Danielson's back problems. Better yet, Danielson found that stronger core muscles boosted his pedaling efficiency and climbing power. Using Danielson's core exercises, cyclists of all abilities will enjoy faster, pain-free riding. Cyclists will perform simple exercises using their own body weight to build strength in the low back, hips, abs, chest, and shoulders without adding unwanted bulk and without weights, machines, or a gym membership. Each Core Advantage exercise complements the motions of riding a bike so cyclists strengthen the right muscles that stabilize and support the body, improving efficiency and reducing the fatigue that can lead to overuse injuries and pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced training plans will help bike racers, century riders, and weekend warriors to build core strength throughout the season. Each plan features warm-up stretches and 15 core exercises grouped into workouts for injury resistance, better posture, improved stability and bike handling, endurance, and power. Westfahl explains the goal for each exercise, which Danielson models in clear photographs. Riding a bike takes more than leg strength. Now Tom Danielson's Core Advantage lays out the core strengthening routines that enable longer, faster rides.

Pedal, Stretch, Breathe

The Yoga of Bicycling

Author: Kelli Refer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781621066378

Category: Cycling

Page: 44

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"The first guide to bicycling and yoga. A friendly, accessible, illustrated guide to taking yoga beyond the mat and into the streets! The yoga practices and philosophy in this small book can help make your bicycle ride more comfortable and rewarding, whether you ride for fun, fitness, racing, or work. Breathe your way up the steepest hills. Keep your hips and knees limber and strong. Recover faster from long rides. Drop your road rage and maintain your awareness of the present moment. Gain persepctive on the well-being of your bike, your body and the streets you ride on." -- Back cover

Anatomy, Stretching & Training for Cyclists

A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting the Most from Your Bicycle Workouts

Author: Lisa Purcell

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1628739932

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 160

View: 7086

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Full of Exercises, Training Tips, and Injury Remedies That Every Cyclist and Coach Should Have! Every year, more and more people take up cycling to get in shape and stay fit. Thousands of people are buying new bikes with the latest technology, entering races, and even forgoing rush hour traffic and crowded public transportation to ride to work. But the joy and thrill of cycling are often marred by injuries that can bother you for a few weeks or for years. That’s why every cyclist needs to have Anatomy, Stretching & Training for Cyclists. Lisa Purcell includes a detailed exercise program that is designed for cyclists from beginner to advanced levels and that is devised to strengthen and stretch the major muscle groups used in cycling. She provides answers and tools for training, including: • Step-by-step photos • Tests to assess your form • An assessment of cycling gear • Exercises to improve your core • The truth about stretching • And much more! Featured are targeted stretches to increase flexibility and a wide-ranging selection of exercises that thoroughly strengthen the legs and arms and build both core strength and stability, as well as hone your balance and posture on the bike. A handy guide lets you know which muscles are the main targets of each exercise, as well the exercise’s benefits and cautions, along with tips on perfecting your form. With a series of sample workouts that show you how to devise a training program to suit your unique goals, Anatomy, Stretching & Training for Cyclists is the ultimate reference for anyone wanting to achieve optimal cycling fitness.

Yoga for Runners

Author: Christine Felstead

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 1450466567

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 264

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In Yoga for Runners, Christine Felstead shares her proven program for improving strength, flexibility, endurance, mental sharpness, breathing, and performance. Step-by-step instruction and photos of 88 yoga poses and 10 sequences make this a practical, easy-to-follow training guide that will produce results for every runner, from beginner to veteran.

Real Men Do Yoga

21 Star Athletes Reveal Their Secrets for Strength, Flexibility and Peak Performance

Author: John Capouya

Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.

ISBN: 075739521X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 280

View: 951

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With its revolutionary approach to yoga and innovative, male-oriented instruction, Real Men Do Yoga will be the definitive guide for both novice and veteran men who are discovering the innumerable physical and mental benefits of yoga. Satisfying the male fascination with sports and admiration for athletes are interviews with more than twenty pros, all of whom are enthusiastic yoga practitioners: football's Eddie George, Shannon Sharpe and Amani Toomer; baseball pitchers Barry Zito (2002 Cy Young Award winner) and Al Leiter, star hockey goalie Sean Burke and NBA superstar Kevin Garnett as well as pro golfers and tennis players. Photos of sports stars doing yoga, such as football greats Dan Marino and Chris Carter, drive home a powerful message. Each chapter offers a combination of stretches and strength-builders that target and benefit specific areas: Conquering back pain (which afflicts an estimated 10 million men) Improving sports performance including yoga for golf, running, basketball, tennis and more Increasing flexibility in the upper body, spine and lower body Building muscle strength Improving sexual performance In a sea of yoga books aimed at women, Real Men Do Yoga is an easily accessible, "non-New Agey" guidebook that takes something mysterious to American men and offers a reassuringly effective and practical guide that they'll actually use.

Yoga for Computer Users

Healthy Necks, Shoulders, Wrists, and Hands in the Postmodern Age

Author: Sandy Blaine

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1930485603

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 128

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An ever-increasing number of people depend on computers for both work and entertainment, which means an ever-increasing number of hours spent slumped in a chair—and an ever-increasing number of hand, wrist, neck, and shoulder injuries. Yoga for Computer Users offers a new kind of preventive self-care. It contains twenty-three illustrated poses and exercises, plus breathing and relaxation techniques, that increase circulation and range of motion, prevent injuries to the upper body, improve posture, and avert energy stagnation. They can be performed regardless of age or yoga experience and are combined in sequences ranging from quick five-minute stretching breaks that can be done while at the computer to more intensive thirty-minute sessions designed for morning energy and evening relaxation. A special "Everyday Yoga" section presents lifestyle tips that help readers learn to alternate mouse hands, strengthen their core, stretch throughout the day, and schedule time for joy.

Bike for Life

How to Ride to 100--and Beyond, revised edition

Author: Roy M. Wallack

Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books

ISBN: 0738217565

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 384

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Do You Want to Ride to 100—and Beyond? BIKE FOR LIFE! Now with training plans, worldwide adventures, and more than 200 photos Ride a century when you turn a century: that was the promise Bike for Life offered when it was first published. A decade later, this blueprint for using cycling to achieve exceptional longevity, fitness, and overall well-being has helped tens of thousands of cyclists to ride longer and stronger. Now, nationally-known fitness journalist and lifelong endurance road and mountain biker Roy M. Wallack builds upon his comprehensive Bike for Life plan with even more practical tips and strategies to keep you riding to 100—and beyond. Fully updated, revised, and illustrated, Bike for Life features: - Cutting-edge workout strategies for achieving best-ever fitness at any age - Science-based 8- and 16-week Century training schedules - A radical new workout method that'll make you fly up the hills - An anti-aging plan to revive muscularity, strength, and reaction time - An exclusive 10-step Yoga for Cyclists routine - Strategies to fix "cyclist's knee" and "biker's back" - Advice on avoiding cycling-related impotence and osteoporosis - Ways to survive mountain lions, bike-jackers, poison ivy, and headwinds - Handling skills and bike-fit advice from famous coaches - Tips on staying motivated with worldwide adventures and challenges - The Bike for Life hall of fame: stories of amazing riders in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and up With oral-history interviews and profiles of the biggest names of the sport, including: John Howard, Gary Fisher, Rebecca Rusch, Ned Overend, Tinker Juarez, Juli Furtado, Marla Streb, Missy Giove, Johnny G, Eddie B, Mike Sinyard, and Rich "The Reverend" White.

Yoga for Golfers

A Unique Mind-Body Approach to Golf Fitness

Author: Katherine Roberts

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071442718

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

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From the unquestioned expert in the field, the authoritative guide to yoga for golfers "Working with Katherine for the last couple of years has allowed me to compete at a very high level." --Gary McCord, CBS golf commentator and Senior PGA Tour player Katherine Roberts, founder and host of the "Yoga for Golfers" program on the Golf Channel, offers her unique educational methods in this groundbreaking book, providing instruction to the millions of golfers--including many top tour professionals--who have turned to the art of yoga to improve their game. Based on 20 years of expertise, Yoga for Golfers connects the mind and body to create a powerful fitness regimen, including: Yoga postures specifically selected for a golfer's needs Proper breathing techniques Mind-relaxation methods Injury-reducing stretches Visualization tools--for success on and off the course

The Stretching Bible

The Ultimate Guide to Improving Fitness and Flexibility

Author: Lexie Williamson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472929888

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 272

View: 832

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Let The Stretching Bible guide you through the key exercises to gain mobility, improve your sporting performance and prevent common muscular injuries. Whatever your age or ability, you'll find a range of stretches suitable for you, clearly organised by body part, including lower leg, back and upper body, to help target key areas of concern. The book also features a series of sports-related stretches aimed at keeping athletes supple, and includes a section on stretching techniques to avoid and treat common injuries such as lower back strain or iliotibial band syndrome, as well as easy stretches to help office and manual workers.

Yoga Fitness for Men

Author: Dean Pohlman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1465477632

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 192

View: 7553

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A no-nonsense introduction to yoga for men who want to build strength, improve performance, and increase flexibility. Maximize your athletic performance, reduce your post-workout aches, and help prevent injuries with yoga. With more than 25 yoga routines and over 50 key postures, you'll discover how yoga can make you stronger, fitter, and more flexible. Professional athletes are making yoga a regular part of their fitness routines, and GQ, HuffPost, and Men's Health have all advocated yoga for men. Flexibility is one of the most important yet overlooked elements of fitness, and stretching has been proven to help you improve your gains in the gym, prevent and relieve injuries, and help you beat your competition on the field. If your muscles are tight, they won't let your body move as it should. Yoga increases flexibility, building a bigger range of motion and allowing you to work more muscle fibers with every movement. With straightforward language and easy-to-follow steps, Yoga Fitness for Men will teach you how to execute the key yoga postures you need for greater endurance, flexibility, balance, and strength--no chanting required. It also includes yoga routines and programs tailored to help you meet specific performance and health goals, such as increased core strength and back pain relief. You'll find that incorporating yoga into your training will help you get stronger, play harder, and feel better.

Andy Pruitt's Complete Medical Guide for Cyclists

Author: Andrew L. Pruitt,Fred Matheny

Publisher: Velopress

ISBN: 9781931382809

Category: Medical

Page: 200

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Even the best cyclists and coaches can miss small details that can lead to serious injuries over the course of many miles on the bike. Andy Pruitt, renowned for his expertise in preventing and treating cycling injuries, has consulted with professional athletes throughout his career, including Lance Armstrong and Axel Merckx. Using computerized pedaling analysis, he has made it possible for countless athletes to achieve the elusive perfect bike fit, thereby dramatically improving their performance. This medical guide draws on his years of experience in this area. He describes the sport’s most common ailments, identifying the symptoms and causes as well as treatments that keep athletes on the road. Written in an accessible, straightforward manner, the book tackles everything from personal training programs to biomechanics, from aging to riding through illness. Perhaps most importantly, riders learn how to make critical adjustments to bike fit, leading to increased comfort, power, and efficiency — and fewer problems.

Power Yoga for Athletes

More Than 100 Poses and Flows to Improve Performance in Any Sport

Author: Sean Vigue

Publisher: Fair Winds Press (MA)

ISBN: 1592336159

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 208

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Perfect for those who want a total body and mind workout.

Yoga for Athletes

Author: Cunningham, Ryanne

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 1492522619

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 224

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The ultimate yoga resource for athletes offers instruction on improving strength, flexibility, and balance in any sport or activity. Packed with full-color photos, the book demonstrates poses, breathing, and guided visualization to elevate sport performance.

Bicycling Maximum Overload for Cyclists

A Radical Strength-Based Program for Improved Speed and Endurance in Half the Time

Author: Jacques DeVore,Roy Wallack

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 1623367743

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

View: 1333

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Bicycling Maximum Overload for Cyclists is a radical strength-based training program aimed at increasing cycling speed, athletic longevity, and overall health in half the training time. Rather than improving endurance by riding longer distances, you’ll learn how to do it by reducing your riding time and adding heavy strength and power training. Traditionally cyclists and endurance athletes have avoided strength and power training, believing that the extra muscle weight will slow them down, but authors Jacques DeVore and Roy M. Wallack show that exactly the opposite is true. The Maximum Overload program uses weightlifting to create sustainable power and improved speed while drastically reducing training time and eliminating the dreaded deterioration that often occurs during the second half of a ride. A 40-minute Maximum Overload workout, done once or twice a week, can replace a long day in the saddle and lead to even better results. This comprehensive program includes unique takes on diet, interval training, hard and easy training, and sustainable power. Backed by the most trusted authority in the sport, Bicycling Maximum Overload for Cyclists is a book that no cyclist should be without.