Most triathletes are notorious for the risk of injuries and lack of flexibility due to their vigorous training. However, it might be due to the fact that they train for more than two sports at a time. This can lead to repetitive moments and consequences when their form is improper.
As a result, triathletes will visit their chiropractor on a weekly basis for maintenance and recovery. But there are more ways you can relieve the stress on your body right within the comfort of your own home – stretching. These stretching exercises will work great before your morning workout, while you’re at work or even before bed.
Here are 3 stretches every triathlete must follow during training.
Clasp Behind the Arm
Start your stretch by clasping your hands behind your lower back region and flex the shoulder blades. Push your clasp as your triceps flex and feel the shoulders pinned back. This is a great stretch for athletes as it will counteract the rolled effect of the shoulders in the aero position. This stretch is also found to help with the body’s mobility in the water.
Lunge your body forward as you keep the back leg straight and feel pressure on the hip flexor. Hold or twist your trunk sideways while you firmly brace your core. Continue to repeat on each side. This is a great stretch to follow before and after a run or bike training. It will force the hip flexors to shorten and ultimately lengthen them to help boost mobility. If you have an office job, this is a great stretch to continue following throughout the day.
Start the figure four stretch by sitting in your chair with your right ankle over the left knee in a cross legs positions. Push down on your right knee and hold this position for one minute. Repeat and move to the other side. This stretch will target the glutes and IT bands which are known to get weak and tight for triathletes.
These three stretches will help target the body regions that need the most focus. However, a thorough exercise will help your body recover and improve throughout training.