The importance of good alignment

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Good Vibes Glow Cycle instructor Rhia Docherty talks us through the best ways to ride, and the reasons why.

At Good Vibes alignment is key! No matter which of our classes you attend, you will achieve the best results when you are in correct alignment, this is just as important when you come to a Glow Cycle class.

We always go through bike set up and correct riding technique in our classes as it is key to good alignment and ensuring there is no unnecessary pressure on your hips, knees or your spine.

We believe in concentrating on the ride itself as a combination of resistance and pace enables you to produce the optimum intensity for your workout.

We don’t add weights to your ride as you are not in an optimum training position. Would you go to the weights section of the gym and sit on a bike saddle to train there? When you try to include upper body exercises whilst cycling, you will more than likely slow down your legs, which will actually reduce the intensity of your ride!

Moves such as push ups as they are really ineffective. The point of a push up is that you are using the resistance of your body weight against gravity to strengthen your chest and arms. On a indoor bike your lower body is directly beneath you, supporting your upper body weight and leaving very little work left for the upper body to do.

We don’t teach hovers/isolations/squats/tap backs or any other such moves. This is because, as we explain in our classes, there is only one correct and safe position to be in when standing. Moving out of this position places sheer forces on your knee joints and can wear away cartilage and also increases the load on your lumbar spine which will cause lower back problems and could potentially lead to a herniated disk. Not fun!

Instead we take you through a ride in positions that are biomechanically safe to ensure that we work you hard whilst keeping your health and safety at the forefront.

100 revolutions of the wheel in a bad position isn’t worth 10 in the right one!

We are firm believers that a healthy body and mind mixes it up a bit - doing the same thing will give you the same body.

Good Vibes offers a mindful approach to your training, we are all busy so working smarter is the key. Enjoy your ride and then come into the Glow Yoga studio to open up the body and mind in a more 3D way, the Glow Pilates to create balance to your body, Glow Ballet Tone for an all  over sculpting and the Far infrared heat will open up the body and soothe any muscle soreness. And don't forget the speedy 25 minutes Power Plate classes for lean muscle.

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Rhia is a Good Vibes master trainer and teaches Power Plates and Glow Cycle. She takes the beginners  Glow Cycle class on the first Monday of every month.


27 January 2014