If you’re like me, then chances are you probably like going to the gym and often find yourself in the weight room at least 5 days a week. But if I were to ask you how many times you find yourself on the yoga mat in the same week, I’m sure I would get a different answer. Maybe you roll out your mat 1 or 2 times, or maybe you don’t even have a mat and yoga is completely new to you. If so, then you’ve stumbled upon the right blog post, keep reading.
My daily morning routine looks like this:
- 6:15am – wake up
- 6:30am – take dog for a small walk
- 6:45am – take a cold shower
- 7:00am – drink orange juice/get ready
- 7:15am – leave for the gym
- 7:25am – pre workout time
- 7:30am – Workout
- 9:30am – Run stairs
- 10:00am – get home, take protein shake, take dog for another walk..
Your morning routine will probably look a little different, especially if you work a 9-5, or maybe your just not a morning person, and thats okay! Maybe you like going to the gym in the evening or before bed. Either way, if you find yourself in the habit of going to the gym 3 or more days a week, regardless of your schedule, then kudos to you. The gym is an amazing place to release, recharge, grow, conquer and become a better version of yourself. We all know the amazing benefits that going to the gym and working out has both physically and mentally, so I’m not going to go to deep on that. As you read in the title, I’m here to talk about why if you go the gym, you might want to consider doing yoga as well.
Should Bodybuilders Do Yoga?
We all have free will here, but yes, I think that if you are an avid gym goer than you should probably incorporate some yoga in your lifestyle. Being a certified yoga teacher and an avid yogi for the past 6 years now, I may be a little biased but let me give you my elevator pitch anyway.
I’m sure you’ve heard some of the main benefits of doing yoga before, perhaps on another elevator, but to recap, here is a short list of them anyway:
- Anxiety/Stress Relief
- Peace of Mind
- Pain relief
- Better Sleep
The list could go on an on but I’m sure you get the gist. I want to talk about the benefits that yoga can have on bodybuilders in particular.
Yoga And Bodybuilders
As bodybuilders and gym goers, regardless of our training programs, we put our bodies through a lot, often on a daily basis. Workouts can get intense and as a result we often feel really good and accomplished after getting a nice pump and even more so if we set a new PR on a particular exercise. Sometimes forgotten about, is the vital role that rest and recovery has on our muscles.
A great article on the importance of rest days can be found here.
But in short, here are some of the benefits of rest and recovery:
- Exercise creates microscopic tears in your muscle tissue. But during rest, cells called fibroblasts repair it. This helps the tissue heal and grow, resulting in stronger muscles.
- Regular rest is essential for staying safe during exercise. When your body is overworked, you’ll be more likely to fall out of form, drop a weight, or take a wrong step.
- When you don’t get enough rest, it can be hard to do your normal routine, let alone challenge yourself. For example, you might be less motivated to do an extra rep or run another mile.
- Rest can help you get better sleep by letting your hormones return to a normal, balanced state.
In essence, if you want to stay sharp and focused in the gym while properly utilizing your body’s ability to grow stronger muscles, rest + recovery are essential. This is where yoga comes in.
Yoga helps you relax and stretch your muscles. Yin Yoga in particular is very relaxing and therapeutic as we often hold the yoga poses for 2+ minutes at a time. Stretching in this fashion lengthens the muscle tissues and increases flexibility. Both of which allow you to perform weight lifting exercises with greater range of motion and therefore making the exercise more effective.
When we are working out and creating these tiny tears in our muscles, lactic acid starts to build up which leads to inflammation and soreness. Doing yoga helps remove the build up of lactic acid and also helps circulate fresh blood to your muscles.
Yoga Videos For Bodybuilders
I was very inspired to make specific yoga sequences for specific workouts after I myself tried to find a “post workout stretch” but was unable to find anything useful.
For me personally, I love to do a PUSH/PULL/LEGS split in the gym. The first 3 videos that I designed and filmed for bodybuilders tailor to these specific workouts. You can find the links to these videos below:
Be sure to like and subscribe if you aren’t already as I will be posting more Yoga Videos designed for bodybuilders every month! As well, if you would like me to make a specific video, be sure to let me know in the comments.