Training Tips

K-Tape and Strength Training for TWC

I know you guys are interested in K-tape because my post ‘Does K tape work on a bruise?’ (yes, in my opinion) gets a lot of views from people searching for information on the bright colourful strips.

To spread a little stretchy, sticky fabric love, I wrote ‘Kinesiology Tape: What to use it for and how it works’ for TWC this week (or over the weekend, because I’m a workaholic/geek like that.)

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Read the piece for a full lowdown, but I’d add that though the evidence is murky, when I’ve had K-tape applied by Wako at ParkView in Reigate, I’ve always felt better quickly. Of course, it is important to have the K-tape applied correctly.

Find a physio you trust

Another important piece in the puzzle is the physio, or osteo.

My husband and I go to see Wako Krupa at ParkView whenever we have a niggle – and he is an excellent physio. There hasn’t been an occassion where I’ve gone to see him with a niggle, and he hasn’t fixed it in less than 2 appointments, often one. I can’t speak for Maurice, but I know he know my body, what is normal, and what’s not – so he’ll always spot when, for example, I’ve upped the weights and my shoulder is tighter than normal. There’s a huge merit in finding a good physio, who you trust, and who knows you.

Avoid injury in the first place

Of course – avoiding injury is better than treating it – and a bit of strength training will certainly help you reinforce your body, ready for battle next season.

I listed 6 exercises for Total Women”s Cycling here. These are 6 great moves, but it is incredibly important that you carry them out with good form. If you’re doing any weighted squats or deadlifts, in particular, make sure someone with a firm grasp on form spots you in your first few lifts, and always put form above lifting heavy.

If you’re after a few more exercises – check out my full strength and conditioning for cyclists workout here.

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I am an NCTJ qualified journalist and copywriter with a year’s worth of experience as a local hack, and just under two years’ of experience working in the marketing department for a highstreet retailer. I currently work at Cycling Weekly, previous to this I was the editor at Total Women's Cycling. I do a little freelance writing alongside my job, and have written for Runner’s World, Triathlete’s World, Sussex Sport, Basingstoke Gazette newspaper, the Brighton Argus, Steve Hart Photography and 2LK Design. I blog to record the activities in my life which I don’t want to forget when I’m old and wrinkly (let’s hope the internet never melts down – but it seems safer than a notebook) – to let old friends and family know what I’m up to, and because I enjoy playing with words. I’m always looking for new projects – and you can email me should you ever need someone with an energetic passion for word doodling. Email: michelle.arthurs@gmail.com Twitter: @RideWriteRepeat Instagram: @RideWriteRepeat

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