Posted by Andy Petranek : Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006
Ever notice how many runners, cyclists, and triathletes are pretty stiff and not very flexible? How about you - can you bend over and touch your toes?
Running and cycling do little if nothing for flexibility and range of motion since these repetitive movements demand only a fraction of the total range of motion of your shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle joints. This is a recipe for what I call the “walk like an old man syndrome.”
Its good practice for everyone (especially runners, cyclists, and triathletes) to incorporate exercises in their workout program that demand full range of motion and improve flexibility like squats, deadlifts, pull-ups, handstands, rowing, back extensions, and good mornings.
Try this: Run ¼ mile, 40 full (ass to grass) squats, repeat 5x as quickly as possible.