If you’re an avid cycler then you already know that cycling in a versatile awesome sport that makes use of all of the muscles in your body and requires them to align well and work efficiently.
So which muscles exactly get used when you cycle?
Well…it’s a full body exercise and it uses all of your major muscle groups. Certain muscles however get used a lot more than others!
The Glutes (a.k.a gluteus maximum a.k.a butt muscles)
This is the force behind your stroke as you press your pedal down and you use the gluteus maximus the most as it’s the largest of the three glute muscles.
Hamstrings (a.k.a back of the quad/thigh muscle)
These also help with the push down and pull up movement of the pedal
Quads (a.k.a front of the thigh)
This is that large muscle that is located at the front of the thigh and enable the pedalling process.
Calf muscles (a.k.a. back of the leg)
These muscles are found in the back of the leg. Calf muscles are responsible for strong downward force on the pedals.
So can sports massage for cyclists help?
The most common problems faced by cyclists are muscle tightness, DOMS and joint pain. The main areas of injury or discomfort for cyclists are:
- Hip flexors
- Lower back
Do I have a post or pre ride massage?
Well…you could have both! They’re both great and have great benefits. If you’re a Pro cyclist or you have a big event or ride coming up I would recommend it. The pre massage prepares your body for the event and can enhance performance whilst the post massage helps with quicker recovery or of course if you’re experiencing any discomfort, injury or DOMS post event.