Can Trigger Point help my cycling?
As a cyclist,
I am sure you have explored the world of bike fitting and power
testing. You are on a constant quest to see how light you can get
your bike. We all spend endless dollars every year trying to get
the latest in technology to make our bikes go faster, ride
smoother and look cool in the process. It is amazing to me that
the one thing that is overlooked time and time again is the
machine that makes the bike move.
The human body is an awesome machine. It allows us to do what we
want, when we want. At the first sign of discomfort while riding,
we try to change our seat height, stem length, cleats or pedals.
I think you understand what I am trying to say. Have you ever
thought to realize you might be neglecting your muscles?
You overtrain and become dehydrated and sleep deprived, all the
while still trying to go as fast or far as humanly possible. Your
muscles are starving for the attention they deserve. Rather than
addressing the real issue, you try to make changes to the
“car.” Unfortunately, you forget about the
“oil” that allows the car to function properly.
I recently wrote anarticle for
runners stating that
Trigger Point Technologies creates the
“oil” for the human muscle fiber by creating
elasticity within the muscles to allow them to do their job. If
your car runs out of gas you can easily refuel. If your car runs
out of oil, the engine locks up and you’ve got a rough road
ahead to get it back into operation. You fuel up by eating energy
bars and drinking fluid replacement drinks, thinking that will be
enough. What about the oil, the blood flow and oxygen, to allow
the muscles to have a superior level of productivity? You have to
create and maintain the oil, and we at Trigger Point
Technologies are going to let you know how.
The average driver changes the oil in their car every 3,000
miles, which realistically means you really change it about every
3,000–5,000 miles. Typically, your car can handle this type
of abuse, because your purpose for driving is to get you from
point A to point B. Now, if you were racing your car, you would
change the oil every time you got out on the track. You would
want to make sure the engine was 100% and able to meet your
expectations. The reason I use this analogy is because if you are
doing nothing more that getting through life with minimal
exercise then the once-in-a-blue moon muscle manipulation might
suffice. If you are an athlete or a “bike racer” you
need to replace the oil every time you get out on the road,
otherwise you are doing a disservice to what you are trying to
achieve. If you create elasticity by force-feeding blood and
oxygen into the center or belly of the muscle, the result is
added power, resulting in better performance. Therefore, your
muscles are able to withstand a longer level of activity without
We recently went to the wind tunnel at Texas A&M with John Cobb.
The results from this awesome opportunity solidified what we have
been saying for the past year and a half. If you don’t
create elasticity or “oil” within the muscle you
might as well be satisfied with average results at best.
manipulate the muscles in the manner that we at Trigger
Point Technologies have defined, you will be a more
biomechanically sound cyclist and a more efficient athlete. As a
cyclist, you might be the fastest or the slowest, but you are
still putting an enormous amount of effort into it. This defines
you as an athlete, so treat your body as such. Make sure you get
plenty of sleep, your electrolytes are high, your nutrition is
proper, and that you are removing the toxins set within the
muscles. We believe that by manipulating the muscles on an
everyday basis, you are going to be a better athlete because you
are giving your muscles the attention they deserve.
Below is a list of muscle manipulations we believe will make the
difference between your personal best and your personal defeat.
If achieved before and after you run, your body will feel more
active versus reactive. An active muscle you can depend on; a
reactive muscle is unpredictable. This is going to allow you to
run forward rather than up and down. Up and down is a waste of
time and effort; forward will get you where you want to go.
I) Start with the soleus muscle located just below
your calf. Use the TP Massage FootBaller to
manipulate this area and elevate with the Baller
Block. Remember to keep your foot relaxed and to take
deep breaths. If you do not incorporate proper breathing, the
manipulation will not work. This manipulation should last 2 to 3
minutes on each leg. For best results, perform this treatment
especially before a run.
second area that you want to address is the quads, specifically
the rectus femoris and the TFL. The best way to manipulate these
areas is to use the new TP Massage QuadBaller.
It allows you to use your own body weight, not your hands, to
create the desired elasticity. The manipulation should take a few
minutes on each leg. Don’t forget to breathe deeply. By
doing this manipulation, you are going to allow your pelvis to
seat properly on your hips. Otherwise, once your pelvis starts to
tilt the IT Bands, hamstrings and lower back become reactive
needed, address the piriformis. This is the pain in your butt.
When your piriformis is in spasm your stride is shortened and any
pelvic tilt is intensified. When manipulating this area use the
TP Massage Ball in the buttock cheek, hold for 3
to 5 seconds and take a deep breath. Then raise the associated
knee outward and upward towards your shoulder. The manipulation
should last about 30 seconds.
This is a
very helpful way to keep you running day in and day out. Whether
it is a race or training day, the results are amazing. For more
specific information please visit the "Injury Prevention section
on our website to educate yourself so you can BE your potential
rather than just desire your potential