Osymetric chainrings improve cyclists breathing using Yoga

Osymetric chainrings improve cyclists breathing using Yoga

Many people come to cycling because of inuries that stopped them from running and participating in impact sports like they used to. Their bodies change in form as they spend 100s of hours in a “closed bent over” position that, by nature shortens their iliopsoas working length and transforms their spine into a rounded shape.

These changes creates an enormous breathing load and impact on the body.
Add to this the need to “pull up” the pedals with conventional round chainrings and you have a sport that leaves an athlete empty at the end of their ride due to compensation and pedaling inefficiency.

Working with Jean-Louis Talo of the Osymetric chainring company, in 2017 we have defined the difference between the breathing patterns of a cyclist using conventional round chainrings and the unique twin-cammed Osymetric chainrings.

Using my dynamic bikefit machine, the BioBike 5000 our project has taken us from Tour de France winners Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins (both Osymetric users) pedaling and breathing style to data related to atheletes hip surgeries and the long-term effects on the diaphragm and breathing.

The unique twin-cammed shape of the Osymetric chainrings carries huge and immediate benefits to cyclists who are a) Taller than average (over 6ft or 180cms), and b) Cyclists carrying back and hip injuries due to removal of spinal tension at the iliopsoas insertion point.
No longer does a cyclist need to “pull up” and strain their iliopsoas and spine – they can “push through”, engaging ONLY the larger muscles of the thigh and gluteal muscles. A revelation and a revolution!

Bike Radar takes cyclists breathing seriously!

Bike Radar takes cyclists breathing seriously!

The Bike Radar Breathing yourself faster article takes cyclists to a new level of performance and wellbeing by publishing the breathing exercises we have developed at 2oygen8 over the course of a decade with input from academics, researchers and practitioners in sports science and medicine, coaching, physiotherapy and psychology.

Using 4 core exercises that can be practised by cyclists of all ages in all stages of health Bike Radar has opened a global door to riders who are searching for improved efficiency, health and wellbeing while exploring their passion for cycling: http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/how-to-breathe-yourself-faster-49226/.

Now, cyclists can begin to explore their athletic potential while practising breathing from their home, office or hotel without the fatigue generally associated with training.

One of the exercises is a simulated altitude training exercise that can be practised anywhere, anytime. Research published in the Journal of Applied Physiology by Dufor et al showed that altitude training can increase aerobic efficiency by 5-7 percent, and for most cyclists this advantage alone can improve the pleasure of long-distance rides and climbing.

Coaching cyclists and athletes of all levels and abilities from all over the world via skype has enabled Nick Marshall to improve the lives and performances of 100s of riders.