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I have a great knowledge of this but not enough to give you a solution other than to say you need professional help.
Your pedal stroke starts with the central axis or crank! Your feet live on the pedals and that's the 1st point of contact. Vargus and Valgus need to be checked and the line of force. Alignment foot, ankle, knee, hips! Cleat position fore and aft, in and out.
You can do this for standing and seated. Basically look at your position and correct any misalignment. After that look at your form. Make a video of front for about a minute, repeat on both sides, and back. Study them. I have resources in my area and don't know where you are located.
Bottom-line, alignment, position, of form related. Correct alignment and position, look and form, go back to alignment and keep working out the bumps.
I think I understand the issue you're having...I sometimes have it too with sprints. Seated sprints I'm awesome at but when you move it to 2 or 3, that's where I lose speed. I've found that sprinting in those positions require more leg strength than I usually have. I'm wondering if maybe your legs are too straight when you're in 2? Try isolating your lower body so that its the only part working and put more bend into your legs? The idea is that you are spinning faster and asking your legs to support you more, not your butt on a seat.
It's hard to describe, but that's how i usually succeed in doing sprints in 2 or 3. Does it even make sense? If I'm not careful myself, I experience the locked out knees issue as well, so I either make my legs work harder at keeping me up without being straight or I slow down my speed.
With issues like this you need the advice of a trained coach. Where do you live?
I don't think your knees are weak. They just don't function the same way as many in your class.
I also can't sprint and stand at the same time. My knees don't lock, I just feel awkward. I just sit and sprint at those times.
This is your workout. Tailor it to you.
Edited by: OBLAIDON at: 4/18/2012 (10:01)
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Hi! I have been spinning probably about 10 times so far. I actually asked you guys a few spinning form questions a few weeks ago--for those who responded-thanks so much again! It's been going great. I am really loving it.
Although I'm running into a small problem I wanted some advice on. Our instructor usually has about 3 songs during our hour class that you do "sprints". I'm finding that if I try to do sprints in any position other than position 1, my knees are locking with each rotation-which obviously makes it so I can't do the sprint quickly, which is the purpose of it.
It doesn't hurt AT ALL..... my knees feel just dandy throughout the workout and after. And they don't lock on slow songs even with high resistance. And sometimes also I can do the sprint without knees locking for about half the time-then all the sudden they lock on some random cycle.
I asked the instructor for advice... she said I have weak knees too, so sometimes I sit the sprints out if my knees are locking. So just sit out those parts....
While I, of course!, will take her advice and just sit it out, I guess I was hoping for maybe another solution? I don't want to sit out those portions as I can tell it's a great workout when I can do them, and since there is no pain I thought maybe I just had my seat too high or something....also today I did sit out those parts (by just going to position 1 and doing what I could there)--but I found that I really felt less worked out and afterword felt like I didn't get as good of a workout.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Maybe someone else experiences this as well? Thanks ahead of time! Go spinning enthusiasts! :)
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