Tight hips kill riding performance! -
Sitting at desks, strength training, running, driving, even riding... all these can lead to tight hips. -
I hear a lot of riders (particularly women) complain of piriformis pain and I am no exception. In fact, I hurt it so bad in 2016 I could barely walk (let alone train for race the wild coast!) upkeep now includes a lot of hip stretching. -
Try this figure 4 stretch to keep these parts moving! This stretch is best done after your body is already warm (ie after your workout) -
Start by laying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Take your left leg and cross it across your right thigh. If you want to get deeper, put your left hand through your legs, right hand outside, and grab your right leg with both. Pull the right leg toward you while keeping your left knee perpendicular to your torso. Hold for 30-60 seconds and reverse sides. -
You should be able to feel it between your butt and hamstring. That’s your piriformis! -
Relax, breathe, enjoy!