All you flexible people should go bang some iron, and all you big weight lifters should go do some yoga…. We always gravitate toward our strengths because we want to be in our glory.”Laird Hamilton in Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
Working out your body adds a lot of stress on the muscle tissues. That’s not a bad thing, mind you. It’s how the body adapts and grows stronger.
In fact, strength is the foundation. It should always be focused on before flexibility (which is why you will also get some additional bodyweight strength options in BBY classes).
Yoga can be damn effective at strengthening the deep connective tissues surrounding your joints. Not only improving your flexibility.
IF you are already experienced with some strength-training, then you are going to love how Yoga complements it.
With yoga, we can wring out the spine. Lengthen tight muscles. Fix posture and imbalances. You will be training your body to move in a wide range of motions. Which will open up new levels of mobility.
You’ll feel like a million bucks. I’m telling you. It will have a very positive impact on your life. At least that’s what Ryan said:
But we’ll come back to that in a moment…
The Truth About Resistance Training
Let’s not forget about an important truth when it comes to resistance training…
And that is the fact that your muscles don’t actually grow and develop during your training. It’s during periods of rest that these adaptations occur.
Weightlifting places stress on your body to create micro-tears in the muscle fibres. And it’s following this that your muscles will repair and grow back stronger.
The restorative and healing effects of Yoga make it the perfect addition to a weightlifting routine.
It’s an amazing tool for relaxing your body and mind. And assisting it in post-workout recovery!
After beating your body up under the barbell… give it some TLC with the healing power of yoga.
You’ll be amazed at the results.
Finally, Let’s Not Forget About The Mental Benefits of a Regular Yoga Practice
Yoga complements your weightlifting routine in not only its physical benefits but for its calming effects on the mind.
In fact, your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is responsible for controlling your bodily functions (respiratory rate, heart rate, digestion, urination, sexual arousal…etc…etc…)
It is divided into two branches. Your sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and your parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS).
These are mostly antagonist of each other (think light-switch between SNS & PSNS).
Through yoga – specifically, the controlled breathing – You can gain control over your ANS and flick that light-switch in your favour!
Why is this important?
Because (especially in this day-and-age) you want to be able to take control over your “fight-or-flight” response mechanism.
The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) triggers this in moments of high-stress.
This was critical to our ancestors survival.
Mountain lion attacks…
The SNS dumps a waterfall of stress hormones – including adrenaline and cortisol – into the body…
Like nitrous oxide in a car you’re ready to GO!
Great for our ancestors having encounters with mountain kitties…
BIG problem for us modern day folks!
That’s because our mountain lions are things like traffic… stressful jobs… payments… bills… etc…
And we’re not in any actual physical danger in these moments… so this stress response isn’t being put to its intended use!
For example, you’re not gonna punch your boss out when you get yelled at. Same as you’re not going to turn and sprint away (like you would being chased by a giant mountain kitty…).
Instead, you hit the Nitrous Oxide button while your foot is on the brake!
I’m sure can imagine the wear and tear that would have on crucial engine components…
Your SNS will keep stress hormones charged through your body, interfering with your PSNS and derailing your body’s functions…
This can lead to things like:
- Anxiety and depression…
- Concentration problems…
- Mental fog…
- Migraines and headaches…
- Heart disease…
- Sexual dysfunction…
- Poor digestion…
- Trouble sleeping…
- Weight gain…
And all of that cortisol flushing through your body is catabolic by nature!
(say goodbye to those muscle gains…)
Having high levels of circulating cortisol via stress is just bad, bad news…
In fact, it reduces protein synthesis and prevents tissue growth!
To flip that switch, you need to free your mind of the anxiety and stresses in that moment.
This is why yoga is so potent. It can help you tap into the parasympathetic nervous system (responsible for “feed-and-breed” and “rest-and-digest”). Thus, cooling your SNS’s jets and allows you to recover!
It can help you gain mental clarity and focus while washing away your stress.
Yoga is a calming practice. It’s great for activating your Parasympathetic Nervous System.
And it’s the perfect match for weightlifting!
But rather than tell you about it… I want you to experience the benefits right away.
On the next page, you can access my “Flexibility Booster for Weightlifters” course.
Btw – It’s 100% Free.
You can sign up for that here: