What does your silhouette say?
Posture is how it looks, alignment is how it works.
One of my regular coaching sayins is "how you do anything is how you do everything." Chances are, you sit on your bike the same as at your desk - its what I see when most riders visit for improvements.
When it comes to sitting on the bike or on your chair, the only real difference in most instances is the fresh air of bing outdoors (if you are not on an indoor bike) and the fact your heart rate is up. When we look at the all imortant mechanics and alignment for most the two are exactly the same and when we consider that the most common injury or ailment of the musculo-skeletal system are back problems, these are the same problems we bring into cycling. So while cycling may be good for your metabolic and cardiovasdcular system functionally, posturally you are exactly the same only, poorly aligned and with added loads - no wonder so many riders experience back stiffness and pain.
When it it comes to sitting, most sit at the desk, with an anterior compression of the spine and reach forward further slumping away with one hand on the mouse and the other ready to take the coffee cup - I use this frequently in helping riders improve their cycling technique and to refine their fit and develop strength. Rather than the reach forward driven by the hands, we look at it from the other end and help rider train themselves into a behaviour and movement pattern that delivers benfits and adds strength and function.
What does your silhouette say?
Posture is how it looks - alignment it how it works. If it looks aligned then it has a better chance of working well.
If you took a pciture of yourself on the bike and made it into a silhouette, would you be looking a a strong and well aligned posture? Would it look more like an older frail posture? Is it time to work on "looking" younger?
Perhaps your silhouette provides more feedback than advanced motion capture on what your real mechanics are -it certainly removes bias and noise from the information.
Stack - Hing and Reach - its the first step in sitting on a bike well and hopeing to improve your fit and ride better.
As mentioned for most they employ the coffee cup, mouse and computer screen approach to sitting, on anything - chair and bike alike. We focus on good alignment and good alignment means good function.
Firstly we teach a rider how to stack their body so it aligns well - which means it functionally works better.
Secondly we teach a rider how to hinge at the hips - or how to fold correctly and maintain spinal alignment and function with hip flexion
Thirdly we then set out to reach correctly to the handle bars through the shoulder and ensuring it is anchored to the torso.
We recommend to practice this off the bike to train the alignment an develop an awareness and feedback.
How we can help:
1. If you have an injury and concerns
Physiotherapy with Natalie for an assessment, correctional strategy and therapy
2. If you want to improve mobility, relieve stiffness and strengthen your back
Pilates and foundation classes with Adam
1 on 1 and group
3. If you want to imrpve cycling technique
Cycling Technqiue classes (group)
Cycling technique session (one on one)