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swoleberry
10-03-16, 10:26 pm
All seriousness, it feels sacrilegious asking this in the Animal forum.
--Does anyone use yoga for mobility and recovery on off days?
--Any suggestions in favor of or against it?

MRmichael.hooker
10-04-16, 3:14 pm
All seriousness, it feels sacrilegious asking this in the Animal forum.
--Does anyone use yoga for mobility and recovery on off days?
--Any suggestions in favor of or against it?

Back when I did it weekly, I definitely felt better. You'll feel stupid doing it, and it takes time to know what you're doing, but you'll feel it for sure in the recovery aspect. We used to do is a platoon overseas to help keep our minds calmer and muscles relaxed.

GunRock
10-04-16, 6:41 pm
I'd say it's important. You can't lift as well or as heavy if your body is fighting itself. I think we need just enough mobility to let us function the way we should. If that makes sense. As you get older, certain muscle groups naturally tighten up and those tend to be the ones we like to train. Other muscle groups naturally get loose and weak, those tend to be the groups we hate to train so I believe in a combination of stretching and strengthening. I ain't ashamed to say strong and bendy in a sentence. See? I just did it. You should also check out Pete Rubish's last couple of posts in the Boss of Bosses thread. Specifically posts 155, 159 and 160. They talk about the subject briefly and our brother, Altered Beast, posted a helpful link to ROMWOD which should get you started.

I've got a post on my own blog https://garagegymlife.net/ about yoga for powerlifters coming up next week and I'll post the link here if anyone's interested.

Shameless plug aside here's the link to Pete's thread:

http://forum.animalpak.com/showthread.php?44510-2100-242&p=1440525#post1440525

Ed Eliason
10-04-16, 6:52 pm
Definitely ain't a bad thing. JohnGreavesIII is right on point.

EthanBrooks
10-04-16, 9:10 pm
Honestly, I love yoga for mobility but it's also very relaxing which helps me keep level headed.

BigChrisF
10-05-16, 2:40 am
You definitely want to get and maintain a certain amount of mobility and flexibility. If you want to do yoga to get there, go nuts.

Aggression
10-06-16, 9:19 am
I've heard great things about doing yoga, especially in the mobility aspect. I've looked up 'at home yoga' videos on the YouTubes, but have yet to actually partake. #soon.

MRmichael.hooker
10-06-16, 10:36 am
I've heard great things about doing yoga, especially in the mobility aspect. I've looked up 'at home yoga' videos on the YouTubes, but have yet to actually partake. #soon.

If you've got a buddy with the P90X dvds, you should ask to borrow/copy the yoga one. It's about a hour long and goes into yoga, some pilates, and some good stretching at the end

swoleberry
10-06-16, 10:49 pm
Thanks for the input everybody. I've been considering taking this up for a while to increase mobility and aid in recovery. It certainly doesn't help being in a patrol car for extended hours during the week either. Looks like yoga is going to become part of my programming.

Rex
10-10-16, 10:58 am
Cutler did it.
Mark Dugdale is a huge fan of Hot Yoga.
At least that´s what they said in interviews...

MRmichael.hooker
10-13-16, 4:09 pm
Hot Yoga

is no joke. Miserable/great all at the same time

Universal Rep
10-13-16, 4:33 pm
All seriousness, it feels sacrilegious asking this in the Animal forum.
--Does anyone use yoga for mobility and recovery on off days?
--Any suggestions in favor of or against it?

Why not? Cross-training at its finest. Certain activities encourage flexibility. If yoga does it for you, again, why not?

DEADn
10-13-16, 6:46 pm
All seriousness, it feels sacrilegious asking this in the Animal forum.
--Does anyone use yoga for mobility and recovery on off days?
--Any suggestions in favor of or against it?

Yoga is good stretching but yoga also has a danger that all other forms of stretching does not. It is rooted in Hinduism and therefore it goes beyond mere stretching. It actually will introduce you to a westernized form of Hinduism which is essentially a false spirituality. This will be noticed if you attend a class or if you watch one on youtube and you know what to look for in it. I refer to the breathing, the blanking of the mind in the beginning and at the end, the names of the exercises (after Hindu deities) and then the prayer greeting at the end. If you were to talk to any instructor more indepth you will find they pull from India yogi's and will also speak of energy points in the body such as chakras. These are open doors into the world of the occult. Don't go there. You can even look up Kundalini in yoga. It is far more then exercise. It becomes a 'practice'. No other exercises is a 'practice'

GunRock
10-14-16, 1:12 am
I'd say it's important. You can't lift as well or as heavy if your body is fighting itself. I think we need just enough mobility to let us function the way we should. If that makes sense. As you get older, certain muscle groups naturally tighten up and those tend to be the ones we like to train. Other muscle groups naturally get loose and weak, those tend to be the groups we hate to train so I believe in a combination of stretching and strengthening. I ain't ashamed to say strong and bendy in a sentence. See? I just did it. You should also check out Pete Rubish's last couple of posts in the Boss of Bosses thread. Specifically posts 155, 159 and 160. They talk about the subject briefly and our brother, Altered Beast, posted a helpful link to ROMWOD which should get you started.

I've got a post on my own blog https://garagegymlife.net/ about yoga for powerlifters coming up next week and I'll post the link here if anyone's interested.

Shameless plug aside here's the link to Pete's thread:

http://forum.animalpak.com/showthread.php?44510-2100-242&p=1440525#post1440525

As promised and no I didn't write it. I stretch but still I'm tighter than fingers in a fist right now!

https://garagegymlife.net/2016/10/12/yoga-for-powerlifters-by-marisol-swords/

BCent
10-14-16, 9:37 am
No judgement at all- something about this feels like.. enlightened. I have a feeling all of us could use a bit more flexibility. I know that as I've been doing more cardio (3 weeks out) I can feel my hamstrings, calves, and even ankle mobility suffering. I've made a commitment to myself that after this prep I'm going to learn at least a few yoga poses to I can get myself in a decent position again. Yes it's cool to be jacked, but I want to be limber too- so I can at least "feel" like an athlete still

npcdusty
10-17-16, 3:06 pm
Why not, you would be surprised at what the best of use to be the best of. Hell if it works for you go for it.

bklynjames
10-19-16, 1:53 pm
Depending if your doing real yoga. Yeah it helps with flexibility immensely...
Def recommend it..

J-Dawg
10-20-16, 9:30 am
I say if it helps you get better at whatever your goals are, add it in. Yoga is great for flexibility and very helpful for athletes in just about any sport - could help prevent injuries due to poor form, mobility, etc.

KettleBellFreak
10-20-16, 10:27 pm
ive been doing yoga since I was little because the madre was a hippie

simple sun salutations are about all I ever do anymore with only a few specific poses during my warm ups.

I would def recommend working on downward dog form, it puts life into your calves and hamstrings, just don't hyperextend trying to get your heel to the floor

I've taken many classes before and theyre all just flows that get more intense because of speed and not emphasis on form and muscle engagement. Look up yin and kundalini yoga if you want deep stretch relaxation (you hold poses much longer and try to maintain a tight position that's still beneficial to blood flow)

if I ever have 40 minutes to kill, I grab a belt and do this video, really great stuff. nice, slow, more advanced yoga. You think youre a badass till your basically doing air splits on your back in the floor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDQNqZMv1V0

KettleBellFreak
10-20-16, 10:41 pm
ive been doing yoga since I was little because the madre was a hippie

simple sun salutations are about all I ever do anymore with only a few specific poses during my warm ups.

I would def recommend working on downward dog form, it puts life into your calves and hamstrings, just don't hyperextend trying to get your heel to the floor

I've taken many classes before and theyre all just flows that get more intense because of speed and not emphasis on form and muscle engagement. Look up yin and kundalini yoga if you want deep stretch relaxation (you hold poses much longer and try to maintain a tight position that's still beneficial to blood flow)

if I ever have 40 minutes to kill, I grab a belt and do this video, really great stuff. nice, slow, more advanced yoga. You think youre a badass till your basically doing air splits on your back in the floor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDQNqZMv1V0

just to add on there are tons of balance poses that coordinate with strength and overall body function. I should probably do more of them but being graceful is fucking difficult. look through the warrior pose variations, tree pose and moon pose variations for simple stuff

Aggression
10-26-16, 10:59 am
being graceful is fucking difficult

fuckin 'a

Jay Nera
01-29-17, 8:54 pm
All seriousness, it feels sacrilegious asking this in the Animal forum.
--Does anyone use yoga for mobility and recovery on off days?
--Any suggestions in favor of or against it?

There is nothing wrong with yoga.
Not all yoga is for everyone though. We know this when we go to a class and we can't do half of the required positions…these classes are not for us. Sucks because those classes are the ones with all of the hottest chicks but hey. whats the purpose of the class?
If you aren't mobile enough to perform the movements for your sport then you should def spend the time to work on it…if you can perform all of the movements unhindered, then there is no need in becoming hyper mobile. i.e. a powerlifter has no need in being able to holds his hands together and do pass throughs from his front over his head to behind his body….ive never seen a 500+ bencher with hyper mobile shoulders…. bodybuilding on the other hand, a lot of old school guys like ronnie had great mobility in doing the splits for example, perhaps this aided in muscle quality?

BamBam
01-30-17, 10:52 am
Here's a little story... it starts with, I do yoga. Still do..

Ok, dated a girl (now ex) who got me into yoga and we went for fun. I couldn't do any of the moves. A few basic ones and that's it. However I did work up a good sweat, joints felt pretty good after the classes, and honestly I was less stressed. I was the "joke" of the class and everyone got a laugh when I'd try to do some crazy bird pose. Fast forward, we break up, she moves, I continue the yoga classes every other week for the sake of my mobility and to help my stress levels. I still can't do shit like half these people but what I can do is helping me a lot with ROM almost everywhere. Went to a yoga class, they had food and wine afterwards, people started asking what I did, about lifting, stuff like that.. fast forward again... 4 of them are clients of mine. I started hanging out with one girl also who I'd had a thing for (she also went to my gym), and we had a lot of 1 on 1 private yoga sessions where I learned to do more advanced poses, and, well, the sex was great.

Point being. Go do yoga. If nothing else than to see hot girls in yoga pants and to feel better in a lot of ways. It can't hurt!

spartan300
02-03-17, 12:56 pm
All seriousness, it feels sacrilegious asking this in the Animal forum.
--Does anyone use yoga for mobility and recovery on off days?
--Any suggestions in favor of or against it?

Turn in your man card! Just screwing with you!

MRmichael.hooker
02-03-17, 1:02 pm
Point being. Go do yoga. If nothing else than to see hot girls in yoga pants and to feel better in a lot of ways. It can't hurt!

I used to have 2 guys at a gym I managed that always took Zumba classes. Their idea was "It's 30 women in tight clothes dancing, and only us 2 guys."

spartan300
02-03-17, 2:24 pm
At Richard Simmons 😎

npcdusty
02-03-17, 2:28 pm
I stuck my head in the hot yoga room one day, actually thought about going, if it will help a lift, shit im in!!!!

swoleberry
02-03-17, 8:13 pm
Receiving some awesome feedback here, thanks brothers.

I have somewhat implemented yoga since this initial post, not necessarily in the form of classes. I have taken some common poses that I've seen done in yoga and it has helped with loosening up my hips and low back for days requiring squats or deads.

P.S.-it also helps the day after legs when you're in pain just trying to get seated on the can.

BamBam
02-04-17, 8:02 pm
i used to have 2 guys at a gym i managed that always took zumba classes. Their idea was "it's 30 women in tight clothes dancing, and only us 2 guys."

bingo..

spartan300
02-05-17, 12:47 pm
I for one, Would be interested to hear how you personally benefited from doing yoga.



















I have somewhat implemented yoga since this initial post, not necessarily in the form of classes. I have taken some common poses that I've seen done in yoga and it has helped with loosening up my hips and low back for days requiring squats or deads.

P.S.-it also helps the day after legs when you're in pain just trying to get seated on the can.[/QUOTE]

swoleberry
02-12-17, 2:29 pm
I for one, Would be interested to hear how you personally benefited from doing yoga.[/QUOTE]



It's been most beneficial in regards to mobility. I'm a cop, so needless to say I spend a lot of time seated in my cruiser and often have to hit the gym after a 12 hour shift. On leg days and days when I am doing deadlifts, I feel stiff as a board trying to get warm. Implementing some basic yoga movements on most days has made things easier on my joints and has shortened the amount of sets needed before I feel ready to hit my working sets.

BamBam
02-12-17, 7:04 pm
It's been most beneficial in regards to mobility. I'm a cop, so needless to say I spend a lot of time seated in my cruiser and often have to hit the gym after a 12 hour shift. On leg days and days when I am doing deadlifts, I feel stiff as a board trying to get warm. Implementing some basic yoga movements on most days has made things easier on my joints and has shortened the amount of sets needed before I feel ready to hit my working sets.[/QUOTE]

Glad it's working brother

jrh0341
02-15-17, 1:52 pm
Football players, mma fighters, lot's of others seem to swear by it. Go for it. I was actually just looking for a good yoga program myself.

Funny thing, while looking for a program today online, I ran across some thing being marketed as "DDPYoga". Actually, it popped up in my FB feed, I guess because the google search cookies told facebook I was following that topic.

Anyways, DDP Yoga? What? And sure enough, there goes old ass Diamond Dallas Page, from TV WCW wrestling that I haven't watched since I was in grade school.

I'm just about to start rolling my eyes, thinking man he must need the cash to advert for some yoga thing, but NO. The press releases actually look legit.

Says the internet, Page had some back issues from all the wear and tear from his pro wrestling career, and yoga was a big part of his rehab, and it worked for him.

So, he put the stuff that worked into a package he marketing as "yoga for regular guys" (not spindly dance pros or whatever). Now he's calling it DDPyoga. Now I might actually see what it costs.

Mizzarler
02-15-17, 6:48 pm
eh I just do dislocations with a broomstick for my upper body

touch my toes 20-30x throughout the day and stretch out my glutes and hips on the precor stretch thing at my gym for lower

all I need

I think being hyper mobile can actually be a negative in lifting

swoleberry
02-16-17, 7:39 am
I think being hyper mobile can actually be a negative in lifting

I agree being overly flexible is not necessary. However I do see a great benefit in mobility when it comes time for multi joint movements.

Pete Rubish
03-21-17, 9:09 pm
I have been doing yoga type movements for the last few weeks and my body has been feeling better than ever. If you plan to lift heavy, then doing mobility work or something along those lines like yoga is essential to staying injury free and extending the longevity of your career long-term.

Jay Nera
03-30-17, 11:46 pm
Point being. Go do yoga. If nothing else than to see hot girls in yoga pants and to feel better in a lot of ways. It can't hurt!

hahaha.

What do you have to lose right?

BOSS
04-06-17, 4:16 pm
I have been doing yoga type movements for the last few weeks and my body has been feeling better than ever. If you plan to lift heavy, then doing mobility work or something along those lines like yoga is essential to staying injury free and extending the longevity of your career long-term.

Every time I discuss yoga and say I like "stretching" people get offended because yoga is so much more than just stretching... but I do like stretching

Jay Nera
04-30-17, 1:07 am
Every time I discuss yoga and say I like "stretching" people get offended because yoga is so much more than just stretching... but I do like stretching

I think that saying, "i like stretching" to a yogi, is akin to saying, "I like punching stuff" to a martial artist. Completely lacks the Tao of it all.

Aggression
04-30-17, 3:19 pm
Rinn Dinn Brewery in my town offers a $10 yoga class once a month and it includes on complementary beer afterward. I'm sold.

Naturally Huge
05-17-17, 9:11 pm
I really want to start doing yoga. Just gotta bite the bullet and do it.

OldTimer
05-18-17, 7:13 pm
Yoga is a lifestyle all of it's own. Back in my kick boxing days did a lot of lower body stretches daily along with a style of Baduanjin qigong for my upper body. I cannot stress enough how important it is to stretch if you pump iron. The weightpile was my thing during the day, and the kick bags/ring at night for years. Reluctantly I say that I gave up the martial arts somewhere nearing my 40's. In my 60's today and I still hit the weights, work the bag, although I do not stretch as much as I should. Figure I throw my input in for into the mixed martial arts thing.

spartan300
05-18-17, 11:06 pm
Rinn Dinn Brewery in my town offers a $10 yoga class once a month and it includes on complementary beer afterward. I'm sold.
Maybe if I had the brewski first, nah maybe a shot of wild turkey and the brewski but then I wouldn't need the class I'd already be all loosey goosey nice concept though!

Jay Nera
05-30-17, 2:22 am
Out of curiosity, has anyone hear done, or know anyone who's done, JujiMufu's stretching protocols?
I know he has certain rules he follows between his resistance training and stretching. Curious to hear about it.

ChrisTuttle
05-30-17, 9:08 pm
All seriousness, it feels sacrilegious asking this in the Animal forum.
--Does anyone use yoga for mobility and recovery on off days?
--Any suggestions in favor of or against it?

I used to do it when I raced motocross. I did Bikram yoga! Description below

Bikram Yoga Beginning Series classes run for 90 minutes and consist of the same series of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises done in a room heated to 35–42 °C (95–108 °F) with a humidity of 40%

Rex
06-10-17, 10:21 am
My girl´s mother is a Yoga instructor. Means sooner or later I will end up getting sucked into this... :) Hahaha

Aggression
06-12-17, 10:58 am
Maybe if I had the brewski first, nah maybe a shot of wild turkey and the brewski but then I wouldn't need the class I'd already be all loosey goosey nice concept though!

That works too!

Jay Nera
07-30-17, 1:53 pm
My girl´s mother is a Yoga instructor. Means sooner or later I will end up getting sucked into this... :) Hahaha


You're already very flexible. Should be a breeze for you!