Why CrossFitters and bodybuilding enthusiasts should practice yoga

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Matt Miller, Broga Founder

When I first started my yoga journey only 4 years ago, one of my first teachers, who is an famous yogi, told me: “Matt, if you want to be any good at yoga you are going to have to stop your other training totally for about 6 months. Oh, and would you consider a vegetarian diet?”

Right, so that was not going to happen!

Broga founder Matt Miler was a professional bodybuilder. Credit: GlenMitchellPhotography

Broga founder Matt Miler was a professional bodybuilder. Credit: GlenMitchellPhotography

And also good luck trying to tell me I am going to have to give up everything I worked so hard for! (At the time I had just won third place in the superheavyweight division of a UK bodybuilding championship). No chance.

But I remember thinking that there must be a way to be flexible, strong and aesthetic. One of my bodybuilding idols, Flex Wheeler, was a Mr. Olympia contender as well as a ranked martial artist and seriously flexible to boot.

CrossFit provides a great full-body workout. Credit: AberroCreative

CrossFit provides a great full-body workout. Credit: AberroCreative

So following the lead of one of the greats, it turns out that both are possible. By alternating hypertrophy training days with active recovery/mobility days of the same trained area, the muscles tend to heal and rebuild in the more extended state. Finding a good yoga class, or even better, hot yoga class is perfect for this.

The trick is to avoid overtraining and properly allow the muscles to heal by not training the same muscle group until it has fully repaired, which is going to be between 3-6 days.

And what about the CrossFit crowd?

Everyone outside the box pokes fun at CrossFitters for their cult-like obsession:

But lets give credit where it is due. CrossFit made workouts fun again, not to mention socially interactive.

Ok, it has the highest incidence of injury of any recreational fitness activity, but that is EXACTLY why CrossFit needs yoga!

Yoga brings many benefits to CrossFitters. Credit: Alex Van

Yoga brings many benefits to CrossFitters. Credit: Alex Van

We all know CrossFit is all about reducing time and increasing reps but when we rush we also have a greater chance of forgetting the amazing technical direction we have been given by our CrossFit instructors.

And while I know CrossFitters do stretch, it turns out not everything can be solved by a 10 minute stretch with a band and rolling around on a lacrosse ball à la The Supple Leopard.

You can’t have a decent massage in 10 minutes, nor can you have a proper stretch in that time either. Only with a full and proper 60-90 minute yoga session can you slow down from trying to hit a PB on your FRAN (a CrossFit move consisting of a couplet of barbell thrusters (a front squat/push-press combo) and pull-ups), and actually listen to and connect with your body.

Yoga reduces risk of injuries for professional sports players. Credit: Broga

Yoga reduces risk of injuries for professional sports players. Credit: Broga

Yoga has been incredibly well documented to reduce the occurrence of sports injuries in athletes and prolong the career of professional players. And to prove that point, all NBA and NFL athletes now have required yoga practice in their training regime.

So ladies and gents, ditch the Reebok basketball shorts and hoodie and break out the Lycra shorts and get ready to sweat, hurt and work in a whole new way that will ultimately help you be BETTER at your sport in every way.

: Broga works on improving strength and muscle tone. Credit: Broga

Broga works on improving strength and muscle tone. Credit: Broga

Are you going to be an amazing bendy and graceful yogi? No, probably not. But that isn’t the goal. And hey, you just might even surprise yourself and realise you’re not as bad as you thought![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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About Matt “the Pillar” Miller

Yoga and fitness fanatic Matt is the founder of Broga. Living in London, Matt is a perennially sunny Californian spreading fitness inspiration and wellbeing to a wide audience.

He has been an American Football athlete, a UFBB super heavyweight Bodybuilder, a member of the US National Association of Sports Medicine, has Multiple yoga teaching certifications, was one of the first (and the youngest) to have a total titanium femur and pelvic joint, and is an internationally known Celebrity Personal trainer as seen on TV.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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FREE Manchester Broga class in May!

Broga founder Matt Miller will be running two Broga classes at the OM Yoga Show on Friday 20th May.

For more information take a look at the show’s  website

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