Adding Yoga to weight lifting.

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    Nov 26, 2013 2:34 AM GMT
    I have worked out for a long time with weights. But I have found by also practicing yoga for an hour 3 days a weeks I am more defined and can lift more weight. I think it can be understood this way: Lifting is compression and yoga is expansion. It seems to be the perfect combo. Plus the added benefit of breathing diagrammatically that yoga emphasizes but weight lifting seems not to emphasize. What do you guys think?
  • starboard5

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    Nov 26, 2013 4:29 AM GMT
    I've read that they can be complimentary in that weight lifting is isotonic while yoga is isometric; they use muscles differently.

    I've also found that the calm and focus I learn from yoga (primarily through ujjayi breathing) is something I can use in the gym, where mindful attention can enhance a workout.
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    Nov 26, 2013 4:50 AM GMT
    Yoga, swimming and lifting are the perfect trifecta. Performed properly they're activities you can engage in through old age. If you do it right gently pushing yourself there's no tougher workout than yoga.

  • DanOmatic

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    Nov 26, 2013 4:45 PM GMT
    I have found that yoga not only adds to definition, but also engages those micro-stabilizer muscles needed for balance.

    I do yoga at least once a week, but preferably twice, in addition to lifting, swimming, running and cycling.

    For those days when you can't make it to a yoga class, try this website: www.doyogawithme.com It has dozens of different "classes" for various levels of ability and types of practices, and it's free!
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    Nov 26, 2013 4:48 PM GMT
    Thanks for the link Dan. Really good site.
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    Nov 26, 2013 4:57 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidYoga, swimming and lifting are the perfect trifecta. Performed properly they're activities you can engage in through old age. If you do it right gently pushing yourself there's no tougher workout than yoga.




    Agreed. I first added Yoga (Bikram & Vinyasa) to my work out regime in the mid 90's. Weights, swimming & Yoga keep me in very good shape as the years pass.
  • starboard5

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    Nov 26, 2013 5:20 PM GMT
    soulman1969 saidThanks for the link Dan. Really good site.


    Yes, thanks, Dan. Looks great.
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    Nov 26, 2013 5:40 PM GMT
    Use ddp yoga regularly , yoga for real guys
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    Nov 26, 2013 5:55 PM GMT
    For a moment I thought that said "Yoda".
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    Nov 26, 2013 6:45 PM GMT
    I started doing yoga 2 weeks ago. (I did it once about a year ago). It's 90 minutes and I LOVE it! It's the only way I can get rid of my shoulder pain.

    I'm not good at it, but it's good for me.
  • FireDoor211

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    Nov 26, 2013 8:42 PM GMT
    I do yoga every morning. then I either follow it up with weights or cardio. I know for sure it makes me stronger. It enhances my abilities when I focus on other types of exercise.
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    Nov 26, 2013 8:46 PM GMT
    It also makes you happy looking at the guy in front of you doing the downward dog. I found swimming gets me loose like yoga does faster though and is a better workout. I swim straight for an hour...Free and Back.
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    Nov 26, 2013 8:52 PM GMT
    This is all good stuff.

    Yoga, stretching, and deep breathing are good for you physically and mentally.
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    Nov 26, 2013 8:52 PM GMT
    I do my weightlifting in the morning, then yoga in the evenings or on my off days. Usually 3-4 times a week.

    I do a mix of styles.

    Broga twice a week. This ones a real workout, usually sweating with 10 minutes, and that's in normal temperature. There's a little more holding the poses, and then going from a plank to 10 pushups, and doing the same thing a few minutes later. Or moving from down dog into mountain climbers for a minute. It's fun, try it!

    Then I do a couple some gentler yoga classes to emphasize stretching and flexibility.

    I've found it a great complement to the weights.
  • MarvelBoy23

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    Nov 26, 2013 9:17 PM GMT
    I have been doing DDP yoga 4-6 times a week since February. Recently added 3 mile jog to my 40-60 minutes of DDP yoga.

    I don't lift. Just pushups. It's working very well.
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    Nov 27, 2013 12:04 AM GMT
    My work-out partner swears by it.
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    Nov 27, 2013 12:51 AM GMT
    I think it's something that every guy who is serious about weightlifting must do on a regular basis. It's keeps you flexible (key to staying 'young') and prevents a lot of complications associated with weightlifting. I wish I had time doing it twice a week; right now, I'm doing it only once a week.
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    Nov 27, 2013 1:05 AM GMT
    omg, u guys are so fem if u do yoga.

    like, you're gonna act all masc at the gym lifting weights and then go do some pussy yoga shit? bitch, puh lease
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    Nov 27, 2013 1:21 AM GMT
    bradomo saidIt also makes you happy looking at the guy in front of you doing the downward dog. I found swimming gets me loose like yoga does faster though and is a better workout. I swim straight for an hour...Free and Back.


    Ha , ha. I do naked yoga. I found out the one needs to do yoga and weights training. My yoga teacher ( gay and buff) agrees.,
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    Nov 27, 2013 3:03 AM GMT
    Love my power yoga classes at the gym. 3 years now. Very intense but profoundly that mind/body/breath flow. Plus the spiritual aspect a good Yoga instructor keeps me coming back. I did it 8 hrs ago and can still feel the energy and calm.
    checked out bikram, too hot, too fast. DDPT appears too disconnected from the mind/body/spiritual aspect for me. It might even create an atmosphere of competition rather than focusing inward perhaps.
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    Nov 27, 2013 3:04 AM GMT
    michael95401 saidI have worked out for a long time with weights. But I have found by also practicing yoga for an hour 3 days a weeks I am more defined and can lift more weight. I think it can be understood this way: Lifting is compression and yoga is expansion. It seems to be the perfect combo. Plus the added benefit of breathing diagrammatically that yoga emphasizes but weight lifting seems not to emphasize. What do you guys think?


    why do you care what others think? it's working for you, great. move on. ask a question that matters.
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    Nov 28, 2013 3:34 AM GMT
    I like to hear what other guys have experienced. It is a joy I want to share with others and have them share with me. Feeling I am just scratching the surface of what there is to be had with this practice.
    As far as moving on to topics that matter, the ball is in your court nerdjock.