Part 1: Why simply going to yoga classes isn’t an option for most weightlifters…
“Man, I don’t have time for yoga!”
Brad and I were just leaving the gym. We were chatting about how brutal his mobility and flexibility was (I had just suggested getting into yoga).
“Just gimme a stretch I can do for my tight lower back and hammies!”
But what I saw was a lot more troubling than his bad hip mobility and hamstring flexibility.
His body was a wreck!
He moved like he should be 50 years his senior. Imbalances from old injuries. Tightness in his hips and low back. The increasingly heavy weightlifting routines harder on his joints…
Brad knew something like yoga could help. I didn’t need to explain it to him. But for many reasons (that we can talk about later) he didn’t want anything to do with yoga.
But still. Do you know the number one complaint I hear from most weightlifters?
(I hinted at it in the first sentence…)
The number one complaint from weightlifters is that they don’t have time for it…
Hey, it’s fair.
Especially when you consider most yoga classes are 60-90 minutes in length.
And not only that…
But you’re a slave to a yoga studios’ schedule.
You can’t just rock up there whenever you want. You have to find a time slot that works into your schedule.
Then – unless you can teleport – it takes time to travel to the studio!
That time constraint makes things difficult. I know from experience.
Before my ACL went Kaput, I was training twice per day: with resistance training exercise and martial arts.
That was on top of working 50+ hours per week.
I’d be up at 5:00am and off to the gym. At work by 7:00am. By the time 5:30 hit I was on my way to my car. To head to 1 out of 2 martial arts gyms I trained at during the time.
Whenever I could, I’d fit yoga in.
And if you’ve never done it consistently…
Let me tell you. It’s benefits match and even surpass those of any exercise routine.
But that’s a chat for another time. Right now I want to hook you up with gains in flexibility and your rest and recovery.
Not here to talk to you about energy chakras or setting intentions. I’m here to help you move and feel better in your body. And to find more “space” in your mind (more on that later).
Because tuning into the breath. And the movement. It is incredibly powerful f*cking stuff.
And I think everyone should be doing it.
Imagine a Yoga routine designed SPECIFICALLY for the demands of weightlifting & working out…
Weightlifting programs focus on increasing the load progressively for neural and muscular hypertrophy adaptations. The effort to move a load is typically in a pushing or pulling fashion with compound and/or isolation exercises…
Bench press… overhead press… squats… examples of pushing exercises…
Pull ups… barbell rows… deadlifts… your pulling exercises…
These maximal output weightlifting programs involve a lot of muscle contraction and shortening – week-after-week…
Eventually, all this ‘beating yourself up under the barbell’ will have your muscles tightening up… you start to lose joint mobility and flexibility… your fascia becomes so tight you can hardly bend over and tie your damn shoe.
The oil for your joints. Medicine for your muscles.
And not only can it enhance your flexibility and mobility… but it can improve performance and decrease your chances of injury!
Before we continue, I have to be clear with you…
What we will be discussing is NOT traditional yoga. You will instead learn about how we can use movements from yoga, as well as introduce more modern exercise to create specific classes tailored around your weightlifting routine.
We’ll cover these on the next page. Then, I will show you exactly how to incorporate yoga around your weightlifting routine.
Again, what I’m about to share with you is not a traditional style of yoga. Rather, it’s a specific movement methodology inspired by the physical practice of yoga and built around the demands of work out routines.