Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Yoga makes CrossFit so much better
Crossfitters usually 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. You may be working on the quick movement in the snatch today 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 will compliment your Crossfit workouts by helping 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 is finding a point between stretching and strengthening our muscles. In our CrossFit workouts, we must always be aware of our form, but many times, because of 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.