I wrote this blog specifically for athletes who want to build muscle and are interested in knowing how yoga can help. Below, you’ll learn about the biggest differences I noticed before and after I started doing yoga, how doing yoga changed my perceptions of it, and what it taught me about fitness in general. This blog will be especially relevant to you if you can relate to any of the following statements:
- Your first exposure to fitness was organized sports and a high school weight room.
- You didn’t place much value on flexibility, because your main goal was building muscle.
- You didn’t (or don’t) understand how mobility, balance, and flexibility improve your performance as an athlete.
Most of us assume that the best way to take action is to seek inspiration and get motivated, but this actually isn’t true. Action INSPIRES motivation. And motivation inspires further action. So do something. You might not have a plan. You might not want to take action. But if you get the ball rolling, it will eventually roll with its own momentum.
Balancing postures are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Balancing increases strength, mobility, core strength, and body awareness. This workout walks you through the basic balancing postures. This is a great, quick little workout you can do before you go to work, right before lunch, in the mid-afternoon, or after work. Use it any time – you can do this every day if you’d like!
In this follow-up episode, I sit down with Chris Isom of Isom Fitness, former professional basketball player, competitive yoga athlete, and fitness expert, and continue our discussion on yoga’s impact on our athletic careers, specifically focusing on the topic of building muscle. This episode focuses on our perceptions of yoga and muscle AFTER starting yoga. We talk about what we’ve learned thanks to yoga, how it changed our perception of fitness in general, the changes we made to our training habits, and the effects yoga had on our fitness.