Monday, June 15, 2009
There is a huge misconception in mainstream society and the fitness community(crossfitters) in general, that yoga is for women and old people. Yoga is for everyone and needed by every crossfitter. Stretching helps prevent injuries, keeps the muscles loose, and should be a part of your health maintenance routine. Not stretching actually limits the growth and size of the muscle and it's output. Stretching elongates the fascia, a protective sheath of connective tissue covering all muscles and muscle cells. When the fascia is stretched using the techniques of yoga the muscle underneath is ultimately given greater room to grow. When we crossfit and do a yoga stretch after a WOD for a cool-down, we become stronger. Stretching also gives the muscle a greater shape, with more convolutions, so muscle separation improves as well. Stretching when combined with proper nutrition(the zone) can even alter bone structures. Yogic stretching can be especially good for muscle groups that don't respond well to regular weight training.