There are several poses that are notoriously more difficult for men than they are for women. The big reason for that is anatomical differences; men typically don’t have to give birth. The other reason is for the way that most guys work out. More men than women are focused on developing muscles in their upper body, so they get tighter shoulders, chests, and backs as a result. Anyways… the six poses that guys HATE but need to do:
1) Dolphin – Fucking. Dolphin. I thought it was a joke the first time I did it, but it’s a real thing. It’s hard, it’s uncomfortable, but you need it.
2) Downward Facing Dog (Downdog) – Your shoulders are tight, and your hamstrings are tight, so it’s probably a good idea that you use an exercise that kills two birds with one stone.
3) Warrior 2 – There’s nothing more basics and better suited to opening up your hip flexors than a simple Warrior 2 pose. Open your hips while working on proper core engagement. Good for posture, good for sports, good for life. Boom.
4) Pigeon – Pigeon is infinitely easier for women than for men because of that whole child birth thing, but having stretchy external hip rotators (glutes) can help reduce lower back pain, make you run faster, give you more power in your legs, and more.
5) Pyramid – Your hamstrings. Are. Tight. So is your lower back. Pyramid is a fantastic stretch to help stretch both of those things. You can also get your IT band involved in pyramid if you’re being mindful of your hip positioning (make sure they’re facing straight forward!)
6) Eagle – Tight shoulders. Tight, tight shoulders. Eagle can be a huge pain for guys (especially in the testicle area when you wrap the leg too tightly). That being said, there are very few stretches, exercises, or poses that stretch the rhomboids (those muscles that connect your spine to your shoulder blades) as well as eagle does. Enjoy.
6 poses. Learn ’em, love ’em, and do ’em.