I often get asked what other exercises people can do to broaden their fitness and improve their results they are getting with strength training. One thing I am a big advocate on is yoga. Why is yoga a smart add-in with proper strength training?
1. Strength and flexibility
Strength training and yoga can help both strength and flexibility. Although yoga is great at building natural strength, for someone looking to put muscle on, strength training is the way to go. Similarly, for those who put on weight easily and are looking to slim down, yoga is one of the best ways to tone your muscles and develop flexibility.
2. Explosiveness and endurance
If you do full-body compound lifts at the gym, and lift weights explosively like you’re supposed to, you activate your fast-twitch muscle fibers. This helps you develop power and speed. In yoga, by doing the movements slowly and holding poses for a while, you activate slow-twitch muscle fibers, which builds endurance. It’s useful to maintain a balance between both these types of muscle fibers, and doing a hybrid training routine enables this.
3. Controlled aggression and relaxation
One of the things about a good strength-training program that makes use of progressive loading is that you need to get psyched up before each workout. This is because you’re lifting heavier weights each time, which helps develop controlled aggression. In yoga, when done right, even if you’re doing challenging poses which causes you to sweat, you feel completely relaxed at the end. This helps get rid of unwanted stress.
4. Workout of the mind, body and soul
There are lots of sports and physical activities, but none can match the calm and peacefulness felt after a yoga workout. A reason to do yoga and not just any other exercise is because of the way it nourishes the mind and helps you listen to that quiet voice inside your head, aka your soul.