flexibility for chubby guys

  • helios01

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    May 31, 2010 1:25 PM GMT
    Hi, I need help losing weight and becoming more flexible while doing so. My Boyfriend is thinner than i am and the top, so i want to be more flexible to please him more. I know yoga but i need help with a jumpstart. thanks in advance
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    May 31, 2010 2:41 PM GMT
    helios01 saidHi, I need help losing weight and becoming more flexible while doing so.
    Nope. You're the only person responsible for your body, so you have to do it yourself.
    There are shitloads of videos on youtube and other sites that show the proper form for various stretching routines.
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    May 31, 2010 7:11 PM GMT
    I apologize for this rant

    hmmm... Im a big dude [was bigger a few years ago] and i've had some 'tops' who where thin as rails and were not limber at all! Your size has nothing to do with your flexibility AND flexibility has nothing to do with how you use your equipment; contrary to popular beliefs, they do not particularly correlate (im a big ole bottom, literally, and i am very flexible). It is always good practice to stretch in the morning and before bed [doing some push-ups and crunches wont hurt either].

    In order to loose weight, you need to do it for yourself, NOT for the boyfriend/partner. Partners will come and go and time progresses, but you will stay in your body forever; you want to be happy within your skin.

    If you join a gym, take advantage of the classes offered. You mentioned you 'know' yoga, so take a yoga class... plain and simple. With that being said, you can have all the knowledge in the world when it comes to yoga (or fitness in general) but if you are not putting it to use (actually doing it), then whats the point?
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    helios01 saidHi, I need help losing weight and becoming more flexible while doing so. My Boyfriend is thinner than i am and the top, so i want to be more flexible to please him more. I know yoga but i need help with a jumpstart. thanks in advance



    I would agree that you really should do it for yourself and not someone else or the mirror.
    For losing weight, probably any exercise combined with a sensible diet will do. Since you already mentioned yoga, why not do that for gaining flexibility and losing weight? A normal, gentle hatha class probably will not give you any quick results, but if you go for something stronger like Vinyasa Flow or Ashtanga you can see results in both areas quickly. If you do the full Ashtanga primary series (around 90 mins) you'll burn around 700 extra calories, work your core muscles, get strong arms and stretch every part of your body. You'll have your legs behind your head in no time ;-)
    Of course there's a downside: you actually have to do it - regularly!
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    May 31, 2010 8:51 PM GMT
    thames76 saidI would agree that you really should do it for yourself and not someone else or the mirror.
    For losing weight, probably any exercise combined with a sensible diet will do. Since you already mentioned yoga, why not do that for gaining flexibility and losing weight? A normal, gentle hatha class probably will not give you any quick results, but if you go for something stronger like Vinyasa Flow or Ashtanga you can see results in both areas quickly. If you do the full Ashtanga primary series (around 90 mins) you'll burn around 700 extra calories, work your core muscles, get strong arms and stretch every part of your body. You'll have your legs behind your head in no time ;-)
    Of course there's a downside: you actually have to do it - regularly!


    I would suggest using Yoga in conjunction with an increase in your cardio routine. The hardest part about doing these is actually doing them.

    Like everyone else is saying, don't do them because you want to please your partner. They come and go, and if he's with you in your current state, whatever it may be, he cares for you on a deeper level than just the physical.

    It sounds like you're wanting to do 2 things: lose weight and increase flexibility. Cardio and creating a caloric deficit over time will help in the former and regular yoga (since you're already familiar with it) will greatly help with the latter.

    A while back, I started doing yoga that incorporates the Vinyasa sequences and Astanga salutations 3 times a week and I can tell you that it DEFINITELY helps with flexibility. You just have to stick with it - that's the hardest part.
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    May 31, 2010 10:22 PM GMT
    helios01 saidHi, I need help losing weight and becoming more flexible while doing so. My Boyfriend is thinner than i am and the top, so i want to be more flexible to please him more. I know yoga but i need help with a jumpstart. thanks in advance


    I think it's very sweet that you want to lose weight and please your partner more sexually, it shows that you care about his need being met. Try cut down the carb intake and you will have much easier time losing weight, just make sure you don't starve yourself to lose weight because it will always bounce back in the end.
  • westdave

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    May 31, 2010 11:49 PM GMT
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    I!,) I suggest starting to do generic cardio (non-interval training) three times a week for 30 minutes...depending on how "heart healthy" you are...
    2,) drink plenty of water as this will aid in the suppleness in your joints..
    3.)perform myofascial release with a foam roller every day (there are books on using a foam roller for myofascial release). hire a well qualified personal trainer to show you how to first use the roller...and then buy one...a good, high density one. will run you about $20
    4.) perform alot of balance work as your center of gravity is off kilter due to your weight. this will also help strengthen the deep stabilizer muscles in your lower extremities....and frankly in your whole body!
    5.) Rather than Vinyasa or Ashtanga Yoga I recommend Iyenger Yoga in the beginning, as the instructors in this yoga discpline will teach you about proper posture, body alignment, stretching and the like.
    6.) As a trainer...I HIGHLY recommend consistency in working out..even if it's only a 30 minute cardio workout...so that you will keep your momentum up...and not falter!!!
    Good luck...and let's see some "before/after" pics based on your sucess!
    Dave ACE/NASM CPT
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    Jun 01, 2010 11:48 AM GMT
    westdave said
    5.) Rather than Vinyasa or Ashtanga Yoga I recommend Iyenger Yoga in the beginning, as the instructors in this yoga discpline will teach you about proper posture, body alignment, stretching and the like.


    Controversial and suggests you´ve only seen bad astanga. Iyengar and astanga alignment is different, but the iyengar "talking point" that astanga has no alignment is not true. Iyengar teachers will teach you about Iyengar alignment, astanga teachers, astanga alignment. If you push beyond what you can do in astanga then yes, you can hurt yourself (same is true in Iyengar). However, an iyengar beginners class burns about the same amount of calories as an episode of the simpsons but is significantly less amusing.

    Want inspiriation?

    http://grimmly2007.blogspot.com/2009/06/developing-practice-part-23-then-and.html

    [I´m an ex astangi who was injured by a bad teacher and forced to give up the practice]
  • Greygull

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    Jun 01, 2010 2:25 PM GMT
    I very recently started doing yoga and was suprised by how much i sweat, yeah teh streches can kinda hurt * FUCK YOU CHAIR POSE* but its pretty interesting as far as workouts go.
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    Jun 01, 2010 2:43 PM GMT
    helios01 saidHi, I need help losing weight and becoming more flexible while doing so. My Boyfriend is thinner than i am and the top, so i want to be more flexible to please him more. I know yoga but i need help with a jumpstart. thanks in advance


    Get on a bike, walk or hike a few miles a day and starting burning off some Calories.

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    Jun 01, 2010 9:36 PM GMT
    westdave said

    5.) Rather than Vinyasa or Ashtanga Yoga I recommend Iyenger Yoga in the beginning, as the instructors in this yoga discpline will teach you about proper posture, body alignment, stretching and the like.



    Dave, you are absolutely right. In Iyengar yoga they teach proper posture, body alignment, stretching and "the like". But the same is true for Ashtanga. Posture and alignment are actually (together with breath and bandhas) central to the practice. You may want to try a different teacher if you had a bad experience. Anyway, in the end Helios01 has to try and see what works best for him.
  • helios01

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    Jun 04, 2010 8:45 AM GMT
    hey guys, thanks for all of your advice.
    I am going to try my best to follow it too. I actually don't know much about yoga i just know it was good. I just am not sure which one is the best one.. i did not know there were so many kinds.
    I also work at a mexican restaurant where i got bigger than i was originally was. I actually started to bike 20 mins a day. nothing too big.