Stretching is key to recovery after any workout. While you may see most people stretching their hamstrings after rounds of squats and lunges or a 5-mile run, getting in a good stretch after your spin class will help you recover faster and improve your performance the next time around, so you’re racing to the top of the hill like a champ!
Post spin class stretches for faster recovery
Try the two lower-body stretches provided here by Nike Master Trainer Abby Lauren when you get off the bike to help speed recovery and get you to your fastest cadence yet.
1. Standing Hamstring Stretch
Start standing and place your left foot onto a raised surface (your bike handles, a curb, etc.). Flex your left foot and bend over the left leg, reaching both hands for your toes. Hold this for 30 seconds, continually moving deeper into the stretch, then repeat on your right side.
2. Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch
Start kneeling on the floor with hands on hips. Bring your left leg forward and place your left foot on the ground to create a 90-degree angle with your left leg. Now gently push your right hip forward. You should feel a stretch along your right hip flexor. Hold this for 30 seconds, continually moving deeper into the stretch, then repeat on your right side.
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