November 23, 2015
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Are strength, balance and flexibility important for athletes in competitive sports? They are? Well then, you should probably do something to increase those things – yoga.
That’s right, if you’re a football player, volleyball player, skier, baseball player alike, all should incorporate yoga into their workout regime. I know that as athletes, we often feel invincible because we’re in really good shape. But we all too soon come to realize that tight muscles and injuries are a common part of being active.
Many professional athletes now turn to yoga to help them in their strength and conditioning. When an athlete first starts yoga, they’ll notice 3 main benefits right off the bat:
- Increased Flexibility and Range of Motion
- Improved Balance and Strength
- Relief of Stress and Anxiety
Yoga To Get Ripped For Lacrosse
Dean Pohlman, Lacrosse player for the University of Wisconsin stumbled across yoga by accident and had this to say:
I was looking for the tailor and stumbled into a Bikram Yoga studio. I had always been interested in yoga but had never taken a yoga class before that day. I asked the yoga instructor if this class would help my athletic performance. [At the time I was a lacrosse player for the University of Wisconsin.] She told me that it would help me tone my muscles and make me much more flexible. That was exactly what I was looking for. Two hours later, drenched in sweat from head to toe, feeling like I had just exited the pool, and utterly exhausted, I had just completed my first yoga class. It was, and probably will remain, the hardest workout that I have ever done. From that point on, I was sold.
But yoga for Dean extended beyond flexibility and stress relief as a lot of people think,
My level of limberness skyrocketed, and so did my endurance, body control, core strength, and balance, just to name a few of the benefits I was experiencing. More than that, it made me even stronger in the weight room.
Now that you know how beneficial yoga can be for athletes to improve balance, strength and in preventing injuries, start poking around and find the poses that target the muscles you’ll need for your activity or wherever you have a weakness. Let us know how it goes…unless we see you soon, we’ll assume it worked 🙂
Tags: athletes, injury prevention, stength, yoga