LIFE IS GOOD!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Crossfitters always ask why they should be taking yoga class. They feel that all they need is a few key stretches to do before and after a workout and that should be the extent of their flexibility work. Aside from flexibility, yoga is complementary to CrossFit for lots of other reasons too. Part of being a CrossFitter is having constantly varied, challenging movements as part of our workouts. Today you may be working on the quick movement in the snatch and tomorrow, in your yoga practice, you could be working on shoulder stability in a pose like side plank followed by some intense poses to improve the flexibility in your shoulders that will allow you to properly perform the snatch without injury. Yoga should compliment your Crossfit workouts help you move into and out of lifts with greater ease and mobility. Balance is essential for our health as we age and allows us to continue to do functional training both in and outside the gym, balance also applies to balancing our workout days with our active rest days. Balance is finding a point between stretching and strengthening our muscles. Balance is beginning to balance our mind/thoughts. Without this balance we are more prone to injuring ourselves both in body and mind. In our CrossFit workouts, we must always be aware of, and pay close attention to our form, but many times, because of the quickness of the exercises and the pace of our workouts, we may not be paying attention to how our body feels as we are in the process of moving it. In CrossFit Yoga we will bring an awareness to not only how our body moves, but how it feels as it moves. By becoming more aware of your body, it becomes much easier to find ways to help your body function better both in and out of the gym. Yoga is a great compliment to your Crossfit workout. It can help you bring your workouts to the next level, at the same time it will help reduce stress, calm the mind and release your body. I've been thinking about starting a free website that helps athletes cool down for 5-10 min with yoga or stretching after each crossfit WOD. Within a month I will try to launch a site with videos and instructions. Stay tuned!