It wasn’t that long ago that weight lifting and yoga seemed to have nothing in common; while yogis aim to lengthen and stretch their muscles, weightlifters are all about contracting and building them. But more recently, weightlifters have been turning to yoga as a compliment to their training, not just to help chill out their minds, but as a way to improve overall body conditioning and health. But why choose yoga? Traditional stretches typically seen around the gym can help reduce post-workout soreness, but it’s the fluidity of movement in yoga and the range of postures (asanas) that target tighter areas more effectively, loosening joints and increasing flexibility, especially after a heavy lifting session.
Some of the most used areas of a weightlifter’s body are hips (think movements like squats and jumps) and back (the full area from just above the hips to just below the underarm). This routine targets those tight, overused areas, and is simple enough for a newcomer, while at the same time challenging enough for the seasoned yogi. It’s the yoga routine that will change your lifting-life for the better; finally, the two worlds have collided.