I've got to get in shape.
I bought it, but I haven't started the program yet. Can anyone provide some guidance and feedback?
As usual, thank you.
As usual, thank you.
Was aware of Yoga well before Cyclo-Core. However, I lacked the knowledge of how Yoga could benefit my cycling and which specific exercises to use. As such, I never pursued it further.Spinnerman said:I am sure it works because it incorporates Ashtanga Yoga as part of the routine. So why not just save some cash and purchase David Swenson's Short Forms Porgram at www. ashtanga.net
Spinnerman said:That is great. Like I said, I am sure it is a great program and what I have read about it on the website has impressed me, especially the fact that someone had the foresight to market a Yoga program within a cycling training program. I didn't say it was unreasonable, I just said more expensive than an Ashtanga Tape. I think it is just great marketing that someone who understands how effective Yoga can be in improving one's cycling abilities has marketed something like this for cyclists. If I were David Swenson, I would do the same thing. As a matter of fact, take a look at this website for a brief synopsis of how Power Yoga (a more western term or Ashtanga) can benefit athletes. They have marketed one for runners and I don't think it will be long before they market something for cyclists or triathletes as well. http://www.power-yoga.com/sports.ihtml
I had to chuckle a little because ALL of the Ashtanga Yoga poses are beneficial to cycling. I can't think of one specific pose that is better than another for cycling (this is the only thing I disagree with about the cyclo core statements on their website). The Ashtanga Poses are done in a specific order that was developed in such a way to allow the body to warm up and gently go deeper into the body (away from the extemities and into the core of the body) while also developing the strength and flexibility of the core. The poses build, one on top of the other, in a specific way to allow the body to unwind like unwinding a spring that is wound too tight. Besides improving and maintaining my core strength, I have found that Ashtanga has improved my proprioception. This awareness of my joints in space has helped to improve my bike handling and my sense of balance because I have an inner ear problem that was a problem for me at times prior to starting a regular routine of Ashtanga about 4 years ago.
At a minimum, if you are just going to do the cylo core program, I would recommend you find a beginners Ashtanga Yoga class in your area and go to the class once a week until you know how to have the correct form and breath for the poses. This will maximize the effectiveness of doing the Yoga and prevent injury by going into a pose or to far into a pose before your body is ready.
Good luck and I am always impressed when people see or begin to understand the benefit of Yoga when it comes to improving their cycling abilities.