Foam Roller Exercises for Cyclists

When cycling, there are always areas in your body that require a little TLC. And while riding a bike is low impact, the cyclic motion of a pedal stroke can decrease flexibility and damage soft tissue over time.

While rolling one’s legs on a cylindrical object might seem fruitless to the uninformed, foam rolling unlocks our bodies from the deviations in our kinetic chain. Daily habits such as sitting in front of a computer screen from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or cruising in a saddle for hours upon hours each week cause these debilitating deviations.

Though foam rolling is sometimes painful and time consuming, the exercise is a necessary evil. If done correctly, foam rolling can maintain healthy soft tissue and improve your range of motion.

To perform the exercise, you need one of a few rudimentary items: A foam roller, a tennis ball or a stick. And remember, you don’t need to roll every day. Instead, spend five to 10 minutes on areas that are sore and tight, and do this three to four times a week.

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