The YOGA way


The large majority of fitness and activity enthusiasts find their fix in some form of physical activity that requires extreme outputs of energy and results in a great deal of muscular breakdown and fatigue.

When truth be told this always isn’t the best method to achieve well rounded conditioning.

To be active and athletic involves having a well rounded machine that encompasses strength, power, agility, and most of all mobility. No I’m not talking about “mobility training” with foam rolling and stretching til it feels as if the tendons will snap.

I’m talking about training your body for a fully functional range of motion(ROM).

Yoga works wonders when it comes to this and has a heavy emphasis on Isometric contractions and passive to active contraction muscle activation and releasing into the stretch following said motion.

This stylistic approach allows for essentially a steady state of contraction by focusing on both ranges of the muscle in the extension and flexion.

This steady state contraction allows for more truly active time under tension which is the most often under-preached technique to promote hypertrophy and muscle conditioning.

Take for example the average gym routine being about 1 hr will only net about 10-15mins of actual time under tension where the muscles are at work during the sets, the rest is the recovery period.

Yoga on the other hand takes the levels of fatigue and is shifting the activated body parts between movements for an entire hour with no rest between.

To really turn things up a bit take a good thermogenic prior to a yoga routine and it will help not only burn more calories, but the added internal heat will aid the muscles in relaxing in the stretching poses such as the infamous downward dog(imaged below showing muscles activated)!

downward dog

Yoga will be a great attribute to factor in to your weekly routine as it’s a good replacement for cardio due to the constant increased heart rate, all while actively training and stretching those muscles to improve your flexion and range of motion.





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