Weak hamstrings are the arch nemesis of runners, followed closely by sub-par core strength. Luckily, the poses you’ll hold in yoga can solve both of those issues by improving your balance and strength, and in turn super-charging your speed and endurance.
For cyclists, it’s all about leg strength, so it’d be smart to pick yoga poses that target this area, as well as the lower back and hip flexors, since you spend most of your time bent over your bike’s handlebars. If you’re already into yoga, you’ll know just how good Cat-Cow can feel after a long day in the saddle! New to the practice? Try starting off in a push-up position then slowly move into Upward-Facing Dog (your legs are stretched out behind you, knees and calves flush with the mat, and your arms support your torso). This will help improve strength in the upper back, shoulders and arms, and stretch the front of the body, from the hip flexors to the muscles in your upper chest.
Climber’s will want to give their joints some attention, in particular the ones in their shoulders, hips and knees since they’re the ones doing most of the grafting. Try Chair pose while introducing a little movement in the arms – bring your elbows up to shoulder height, creating a 90-degree with your fingers pointing down, then switch so they’re facing down. And repeat.