5 BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR WEIGHTLIFTERS
Weightlifting and Yoga are NOT the opposites. In fact, they do perfectly fit together. Yoga can make wonders to improve your performance and is an excellent tool to level up your lifting game at the gym. Here are just 5 benefits what yoga can do for you:
1. Increase your Range Of Motion
Yoga sessions will help you become more flexible for better range of motion while lifting at the gym. Static stretching which is done during yoga sessions is absolutely the best way to improve your flexibility. And the more flexible you are, the greater range of motion during your lifts. The better range of motion of your gym lifts the better performance. Stretching helps your trained muscles to feel good as the tension gets relieved. If you are afraid of stretching because you see yourself as a stiff person, don’t worry. You just need to train for that consistently the same as you train for any other goals at the gym and the results will follow 100%.
2. Speeds up recovery time & reduces muscle soreness
The fact is, yoga helps your muscles to recover faster after the hard weightlifting sessions. By stretching your muscles, you increase blood and oxygen flow in your muscles which reduces soreness and also you relieve tension which is put on muscles during your workouts. The best part is, you don’t have to wait forever for the desired outcome, you will see how much better you feel instantly after your yoga session.
3. Reduce the risk of injury
Yoga takes care of your joint health, including connective tissue – ligaments and tendons. By moving your joints in full range of motion, in different angles you ensure they stay healthy, strong and also better prepared for unexpected situations which can happen in daily life. Along with strength and flexibility training regular yoga practice improves your balance skills. It will also ensure your body gets enough variantion of movement which prepares your body for different unexpected movements.
4. Feel better in your body overall
When your body allows you to move freely and with ease, it is a pure pleasure to exist in that beautiful machine. With no tightness, no pain, no discomfort anywhere in your body, your muscles. Your body and mind feels best when they are strong AND healthy AND happy. All these qualities must be there for you to have the best possible experience in your body.
5. Yoga levels up your mental balance & focus
Making this time for your practice will help you to be more connected with yourself, to stay focused on your goals, to listen to your body and it’s needs. This is the time when you can give your attention to yourself and listen to your own needs without distractions from the outer world. Yoga practice will also give your body & mind much needed relaxation.
Love & Light,
Personal Trainer & Yoga Teacher