Would yoga be better before or after weight-training?

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    Mar 17, 2014 11:12 AM GMT
    How should the day look with an hour of weight-training and an intended hour of yoga?

    I feel rejuvenated but a little tired after an intense stretch session, and I like to pack on the food after a weight training session (and I feel I shouldn't have food in my system before a yoga class).

    How long should I wait in between, or would it be smarter to do one right after the other (and if so, which one first)?

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    Mar 17, 2014 1:55 PM GMT
    I would say after a weights session. Yoga is great for dealing with injuries creeping up on you. Once a week is plenty. Also, I would say a protein shake in between would work ok.
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    Mar 17, 2014 5:42 PM GMT
    yoga after no question. Doing that kind of long hold, static flexibility work before you train is not a good idea as it can make you temporarily weaker and less stable.

    You may want to incorporate short (less than 5 second) stretches into your pre workout warm up if you are working on balancing out postural issues, but otherwise stretch after.

    If you HAVE to eat then either have something smallish or if your training protocol needs you to eat immediately after lifting then do yoga at a different time.

    I think you might get away with yoga in the morning and lifting at night, though the other way round makes more sense to me.

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    Mar 18, 2014 5:13 AM GMT
    Yoga after.

    Anyone who can do yoga first and then lift either isn't doing yoga right, or deserves a standing ovation.
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    Apr 18, 2014 7:48 PM GMT
    Nope. Yoga first. You're prepping your muscles for the work if you do it before. If you do it after, you're letting your muscles heal too quickly and doing a disservice to your workout.

    I prefer doing yoga first thing in the morning and then working out right before dinner.
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    Apr 18, 2014 8:19 PM GMT
    After. Excessive stretching is not good before weights or sports
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    Apr 18, 2014 8:47 PM GMT
    In the running community it was believed that stretching was always good for you, both before and after a run. Now there are people who say that stretching is bad for you and that you're more likely to get injuries from stretching. In Bob Anderson's book Stretching he emphasizes that you should stretch gently so my theory is that stretching can lead to injuries if you overstretch. There are also people who take a middle ground and say that you should only stretch after your muscles are fully warmed up so what I do is stretch after my runs, not before. For warming up before a run I do 15 minutes of stationary bicycling.

    And this, no doubt, is like nutrition and diets, a contentious topic so feel free to flame my statements.
  • rugbyjockca

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    Apr 22, 2014 11:01 AM GMT
    There are different styles of yoga that could make a difference where you place them. I agree with most of the posters that yoga, especially the static/stretching kind, should be done after weights. If the yoga you do is more dynamic/fluid (I don't know the names of the different types), then it could be used as a dynamic warm-up.

    But there isn't necessarily a wrong answer, do what works for you. Just be aware if you lift -after- yoga, you may not be as strong as you're used to, because your muscles already did a ton of work. Go lighter at first until you're sure you can handle the load.