Men should do yoga! 6 Good reasons
And if instead of staying in prejudices about men who do yoga, you learn that this yoga would be the best decision you could make for your muscles and your overall athletic development?
Bodybuilder bodybuilder Jay Cutler had already integrated it into the bodybuilding training program a few years ago. Jay attributes her improved flexibility, ability to avoid injuries and to gain muscle more effectively. Then he won Mr. Olympia.
Today we no longer count the number of yoga studios, yoga classes, even in our sports halls.
On the other hand, men are often reweaving, foolishly attributing yoga to an activity exclusively for women.
Men wonder what yoga is. Is this a combination of meditation and stretching? Or anything else?
I will help you add a little yoga in your life and prove to you that you have nothing to fear and everything to gain!
- Yoga increases the amplitude of the movement
Do you think that flexibility and amplitude of motion are the same thing?
It’s a little different. Many men know that they have muscles that they would like to see grow more and that they are limited, like pectorals, legs, hamstrings, shoulders, etc.
But they often do not know that these muscles are limited in their maximum amplitude capacity.
The more you work them in a diminished amplitude, the more you limit yourself in your bodybuilding progression and in your overall functional ability to be human.
One of the limits of Jay Cutler was the joints of his shoulders (deltoids) that lacked flexibility and did not allow him to fully stretch his pectorals during developed reclining for example, reducing in fine his ability to build Muscular Mass at the level of pecs.
Gaining flexibility, flexibility has opened a world of wider movements and helped him win 4 trophies and more muscle.
Everyone can benefit from yoga, gain in openness, flexibility and flexibility. The shoulders tight and/or vaulted open, just like the hips.
Yoga is not classical dance, it can bring you much more!
- Yoga improves breathing
If you think you’re breathing perfectly well, you can’t imagine how much yoga will make you discover the breath, like what we’d seen together in this article about meditation by breathing.
Yoga teaches you to inspire and exhale during difficult poses during which you instinctively want to hold your breath.
As the level of the course increases and becomes intense, the breathing slows instead of accelerating.
This teaches you how to take long and deep slow breaths when you need it most. Your lung capacity increases to allow you to take a greater amount of oxygen with less inspiration.
This is one of the reasons why you might feel a feeling of bliss, joy, happiness.
More importantly, you will allow your body (and therefore your muscles) to oxygenate more efficiently. This is very important in bodybuilding, cardio and muscle building.
- Yoga strengthens stabilizing muscles
All the yogistes have already seen a muscular man in their yoga class who had more difficulty in doing certain muscular exercises compared to the women who were able to do so easily.
Because these men who acquired their muscular physique with the 2 feet on the ground and the two hands on the bar have not developed their stabilizing muscles so much.
Yoga includes many unique movements like:
The Warrior (with variants)
Depending on the wishes of your Yoga coach or teacher, lateral movements can be included, as are twists, spinal motions,… equilibrium movements that are not especially present in pure bodybuilding.
These movements force the body to work in an unusual way, reinforcing the small stabilizing muscles and increasing the health of your joints durably.
You become stronger of course, but you will also consolidate a weak link that could have been cause of injury.
In other words, a good course covers a lot of basics (which you thought you had), including mobility.
- Yoga allows active rest
In some professional athletes, finding a day of rest can be complicated.
During these days of rest, you must refrain from a normal workout, but include an activity.
You have to allow your body to recover, heal, etc.
But some practitioners are restless and cannot stay in place. Yoga is then a great option for those days of rest and this type of individual.
You will most certainly find the exercises more difficult than expected, but they usually require not a lot of recovery time, even if you will probably feel you pass the first sessions.
In fact, a good basic rule is to start with an 1-hour yoga class.
It is more and more easily found in our weight room, if it offers group lessons.
Yoga studios are rarer, but exist.
- Yoga Balances You
Nothing to do with the chakra.
First, yoga clearly includes poses that will help you improve your balance:
Laying on a leg
In these cases, no matter how much squat or how many body weight pumps you are able to do, a good yoga teacher always finds ways to expose your weaknesses, or weak points.
Second, it encourages your body to move in an unaccustomed way, passing through familiar postures.
While the athletes consider each session as beneficial, it is to be seen that many men end up doing the same movements, the same bodybuilding exercises.
It is not a bad thing, but if you want to progress, you have to vary. One day you will wake up wondering when was this the last time you had muscle sensations the next day or after your session.
Many men and women recognize without harm that their backs, hips, shoulders, etc. were painful, but that yoga did 100 times better than any other method tested.
Yoga improves overall health
Many think that because they are practicing a sport they are healthy.
So yes, sport improves health, but intensive training keeps you in the red all the time and uses the body in the long run. Especially if you don’t include days off in your training program.
Not only does yoga help you feel good after your intense workout, but it offers you other health benefits:
More effective breathing
A reduction in blood pressure
A decrease in the response to stress
Prevents or reduces the problems of sciatica, carpal tunnel or rotator cuff
You will find yoga classes in most cities. Some are oriented towards those who have a sore back or an injury.
All this to say that yoga is not “easy” as I sometimes hear and that it will mostly allow you to challenge yourself. It’s up to you to choose your intensity level.
Even intense, a well-run course will bring a lot to your body.