Have you seen a cyclist who rides with their knees sticking out to the side?
You've probably seen them, but did you know that poor leg tracking such as this has a number of negative impacts on a cyclist?
Poor leg tracking can be seen when a cyclist's knees point out rather than tracking in line with the hip and foot. Poor leg tracking can also kick in when the cyclists become more fatigued and their form starts to deteriorate.
So, why is this an issue?
Correct leg alignment is important to a good pedal stroke. While some cyclists will have slight variations, generally, your foot, knee and hip should all track inline.
"This alignment enables the most effective application of power down through the pedals, puts less strain on the knees and also happens to be more aerodynamic."
So, if someone is pedaling with poor leg alignment, this means they are losing power and putting increased strain on their joints which results in muscle imbalance, aches and pains.
Pilates for Sports is great to improve a cyclist’s leg tracking as it:
- Makes the cyclist aware of how they are currently cycling.
- Teaches them how their legs should be tracking.
- Focuses on the activation and strengthening of the glutes, hamstrings and inside thighs to deliver balanced muscles around the joints.
- Teaches the cyclist how to use all of the key muscles throughout the four zones of the pedal stroke.
"The result is less fatigue, less pain and greater power output!"
Find out more at Pilates for Sports.
Noeleen O'Shea is the co-founder of Pilates for Sports, an online training program designed to improve your core strength, muscle balance and technique so that you can perform better at your sport with less pain, more power.
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