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Old 08-29-2010, 11:01 PM   #1
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Wearing leathers and flexibility, need help.

Well, I'm not a very flexible person, mainly my hips, seeing people drag knee really makes me think about my shortcoming.

My problem is that I cannot open my legs wide enough to actually drag knee at the track, and today I was trying my leathers and sitting on the bike, now, I haven't been at the track in about 6 years, so i know I'm a little rusty, but I couldn't even swing a leg over the bike with the leathers on.

Is there anything I could do, like some kind of exercise to gain some flexibility and strength in my hips?
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I think I remember reading something to the effect that as your ligaments and muscles regenerate over time, they grow and replenish in layers. If you aren't stretching your muscles over time, both the muscle and ligaments regenerate in the static relaxed position and limit how well they are willing to stretch.

Another thing I've read is that muscles need to be well hydrated. Drinking lots of water increases both muscle/tendon/ligament flexability and mobility (together with stretching exercises).

Pretty much, you just gotta stretch and lengthen your muscles back out over time. Getting old also changes their structure and even naturally dehydrates them. This is just what I "think" I remember....
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Can you swing your leg over your bike wearing shorts? If so, maybe your leathers are too tight.
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Did you have underarmor on or some equivalent. That's what most of us wear at the track. It helps quite a bit. Both a shirt and the full leggings.
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Did you have underarmor on or some equivalent. That's what most of us wear at the track. It helps quite a bit. Both a shirt and the full leggings.
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UA helps more than a little bit. It lets the leather slip and slide on your legs with no drag.
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wear underarmor, walk around the house for awhile to break in the leathers and do some yoga.
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i think doing some long lunges and wide squats would help you figure out if its a physical hindrance or not, more than likely its just your leathers getting stuck and you cant move. UA like they mention above would help.
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I will often try to stretch my body in the same direction that it will be moving on the bike. Usually before i ride i put my hands on the ground and my elbows on the insides of my knees and lean forward using my weight to stretch out my groin. I do a number of stretches before i ride, i believe proper stretching is key to avoiding injuries and cramps.

If you having trouble draggin knee, you could always lean further?
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I think I remember reading something to the effect that as your ligaments and muscles regenerate over time, they grow and replenish in layers. If you aren't stretching your muscles over time, both the muscle and ligaments regenerate in the static relaxed position and limit how well they are willing to stretch.

Another thing I've read is that muscles need to be well hydrated. Drinking lots of water increases both muscle/tendon/ligament flexability and mobility (together with stretching exercises).

Pretty much, you just gotta stretch and lengthen your muscles back out over time. Getting old also changes their structure and even naturally dehydrates them. This is just what I "think" I remember....
good to know! i learned something too
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Yoga, Pilates, or maybe some other form of gay .

J/K just figure out where you are tight and stretch it out every morning and night, 1-2 minutes. You'll have flexibility in 3-4 weeks.
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I will often try to stretch my body in the same direction that it will be moving on the bike. Usually before i ride i put my hands on the ground and my elbows on the insides of my knees and lean forward using my weight to stretch out my groin. I do a number of stretches before i ride, i believe proper stretching is key to avoiding injuries and cramps.

If you having trouble draggin knee, you could always lean further?
I do the same

If your leathers are too tight, try riding in the rain and it will loosen them up a bit. Leather has a tendency to tighten/shrink if not stretched out overtime so it may just need a light breaking in.

Your adductor/adbuctor muscles play a major role in stretching your legs wide and holding it. Consider adductor exercises and stretches...unfortunately, women seem to love these machines at gym because they think they are working major muscles in there thighs but actually the adductor is a tiny muscle that controls motion and suspension of your leg. When I ride to gym on a bike in full leathers, after a workout, I will sit on a flat bench as if Im sitting on a bike and lean onto the floor with my other leg hanging off the bench.

Stretching and exercise go a LONG way
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Go to the gym and put about 200lbs more than you should on the legpress machine. Convince yourself you can still lift that much weight. Pull the safety pins and when you knees are touching your knees are touching you ears and every muscle feel like fire you are well stretched. The proceed to quietly scream for help.
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