I took a Spinning class yesterday. As in, I sat on a bike in the back row as someone else instructed the class. My class...the one I teach every Tuesday. Teacher became student because I had to observe a new Spinning instructor. I don't get to take classes that often, so it was nice to ride without all the pressure that comes with being the ringleader. But, once a ringleader...always a ringleader. So today, I thought it would be fun to walk you through a series of stretches that can be done after your bike ride.
Use the bike, of course. And start with a hamstrings stretch.
From a hamstrings stretch, you can push your hips forward and relieve your hip flexors. Also your calf muscles if you keep your heel on the floor, like so:
Don't forget your upper body. Start wit this chest stretch:
You should also feel it right between your shoulder blades.
Next up, obliques:
Finish it out with a little side lunge to relieve your inner thighs.
If you want more stretching ideas, check out the #thefitdish to see what my fellow fitbloggers are doing. Additionally, it's #wildworkoutwednesday, so you know there's some new workouts floating around the Internet today.
Oh, and in case you're wondering about that instructor I observed—She did just fine. Exceptionally well, actually. I'm looking forward to watching her grow as an instructor. Literally, she smiled the whole time she was in the saddle.
True sign that someone is right where they need to be.
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