Hello! Hope you afternoon is moving along well. My day is flying by faster than I can keep up! I am taking a quick break to type up this post before I make some lunch, and continue with my studying for Precision Nutrition. A short walk might have to be part of the agenda too since it is another beautiful day.
I wanted to check in and share some of the yoga stretches I have been using as part of warm up routine before I workout.
Yoga with Resistance Bands
My warm ups for my workouts vary a bit. I often will do a little jump rope or the rowing machine to get my heart rate flowing, and then turn to some dynamic stretches to loosen up a bit. I am certainly not gifted in the flexibility department. I have recently been going to more yoga classes to spend dedicated time to improve in that area.
The true benefit of yoga comes through utilizing the breathe to create openness in joint positions while maintaining tension in specific places to maintain posture.
It is worthwhile to cultivate this practice through mindfully breathing your way into position. It is not limited to yoga studios, however, and can be tweaked to provide an effective warm up. You can apply these principals to the gym to create mobility and better position in shorter time with less demand on the conscious breathe by utilizing bands.
Yoga as a Warm Up Exercise
You can use the postures you learn in yoga as a foundation for warm ups for lifting or other training workouts by adding bands at the join crease to help open up your body. Let’s be honest…no one has time to participate in a full yoga class before every workout. You need what a class would provide in 10-15 minutes at most.
Two of my favorite yoga poses in any class are the Pigeon and the Dragonfly. I really feel like I am opening up my body and getting a great stretch. Those are the two I use most often when I am incorporating yoga moves into a warm up. I also like to add a band so I am getting the most benefit possible.
Say what? A band??
Scott uses a variety of bands in his training and we have different anchor points set up around the gym for this purpose. I went into a little more detail when I did a post recently on how he designed his training space.
The bands can be used anywhere and for many different purposes so they are a great training tool. When I used to workout exclusively at Lifetime I would tie them up and place them in my gym bag. Light and portable is the name of the game here. When Scott was helping me out by taking these pictures for my post I took to our lawn across the gym to show how versatile they could be. Well, to snap a pic with some pretty scenery too.
The bands can purchased online at Rogue.com. For your own reference the thinner the band the less tension it will create. I started out by using the red one, and slowly progressed when I felt the need.
Question of the Day: What type of warm ups do you perform before a workout?
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