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Yoga
#1
Anybody do this to help with their cycling? I'm talking about the stretching/strengthening/breathing exercise type yoga rather than the freeing my mind/centering my chi/finding enlightenment type.

I often get lower back pain after about 2.5 hours on the bike and in the last year tend to get a stiff neck and traps after more involved rides/muscling the singlespeed about.  I'm also aware of how much less pedal force I can apply once the old back starts to ache so looking for a means of strengthening it up to make it more solid. I do do weights twice a week but this doesn't feel like it helps massively.
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#2
The General at lunchtime

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2010 Canyon Aeroad 9.0 SL
2014 Specialized Epic Marathon
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#3
;D

I'm finding myself, man. Feeling at peace with nature.
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#4
Most stuff seems to be about leg pain but this concentrates on backs/necks

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#5
I've also been suffering with a stiff lower back & unrelated shoulder issues. Handily, with my sister being a physio I get good advice Wink  I'm thinking of trying yoga/yogalates (? Spelling, a mixture of Pilates & yoga).  I've been informed it's good for posture & core strength (for the lower back pain).  Planks into side planks are good for core muscles & lying face down & pushing yourself up keeping your hips to the floor is a good lower back stretch.
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#6
I dunno about Cycling in particular but I have a good 'lady friend' at the moment who is well into Yoga... It does marvellous things to the human body.

I'd love to get into it, as from the things I have tried it feels like having the most awesome stretch.  8)
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#7
I'm back in the gym since Christmas & disappointed that the yoga classes are only on early afternoon during the week.  Used to include these in my routine regularly last year & were always popular.  I found that yoga combined with pilates certainly made my core the strongest it has ever been & I was really flexible!!  Have to say that only ever saw one or two men in the classes amongst around 25 women........ Wink
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#8
Looking about at a few sites about it atm, lots of pretty women in leotards - best research project ever Smile

I may give some a go tonight, though may give the leotard a miss, after Xmas I'd look like a sausage wrapped in clingfilm in one of those!  

I did briefly look up Pilates but research seemed to suggest there was 'insufficient evidence' to suggest it helped lower back pain.
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#9
Sit-ups are good for lower back pain. Obviously not whilst the pain is there, once the pain has gone.
Strong stomach muscles & core help to support the back, opposing muscle groups.... So I have been told!!  Undecided
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#10
Although you should work opposing muscle groups I'm not sure sit ups (assuming you don't mean crunches) will help. I'm thinking the pain is prob caused by tight hip flexors - short at the front, so straining the lower back, so adding tension to these with sit ups might not help. I could well be wrong though.
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