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Cycling - hamstrings

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2007/06/12 22:23:55 (permalink)

Cycling - hamstrings

My teacher told me at school today that doing cycling often would shorten my hamstrings meaning that i would not be able to run/sprint as fast. I was just wondering was he talking rubbish (he is a bit of a mug) or was he actually giving me helpful information for once.

It would be great to have someone who could back up/disagree with what he said so i can decide whether to incorporate cycling into my training programme, thanks.
post edited by bobby90 - 2007/06/12 22:24:33
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    RE: Cycling - hamstrings 2007/06/13 00:00:37 (permalink)

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    My teacher told me at school today that doing cycling often would shorten my hamstrings meaning that i would not be able to run/sprint as fast. I was just wondering was he talking rubbish (he is a bit of a mug) or was he actually giving me helpful information for once.

    It would be great to have someone who could back up/disagree with what he said so i can decide whether to incorporate cycling into my training programme, thanks.


    I have heard this too, also from a unreliable source. I jut did a quick search but found nothing.

    Just suppliment your training with hamstring stretches if it worrys you.

    Is your main goal sprinting related?

    Tom
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    RE: Cycling - hamstrings 2007/06/13 10:07:39 (permalink)
    Cyclists do often suffer from back pain and 'shortened' hams, correct stretching and strength training can remedy/prevent this.

    That said we are talking guys who do a lot of cycling, if you are using it for general fitness/cardio purposes along with other forms of exercise and weight lifting then I would not worry in the slightest.

    I have always cycled, my main sport was running and it never hindered me - in fact it allowed me to get more training in without the impact/injury risks running more would carry. I always stretched after my running training as well as on my rest/recovery days and I have been told my hams are actually over-extended now.
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    RE: Cycling - hamstrings 2007/06/14 10:27:55 (permalink)
    Agreed, just ensure you stretch correctly and dont neglect other strength training for the legs and you'll be fine

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