Become a Better Athlete With Yoga

Become a Better Athlete With Yoga

By: Travelle Gaines

Yoga, a prominent exercise in the United States since the early 20th century, has continued to pick up popularity as a training workout for athletes. One reason it’s enjoyed by so many is its simplicity. All you need is a mat and an open area, so whether you’re out and about or cooped up in doors, you can reap the benefits.

Many athletes and athletic programs have ditched static stretching in favor of yoga or dynamic stretching exercises. I encourage all athletes I work with to do yoga. When done correctly, it promotes relaxation, reduces stress, and helps the everyday athlete recover from tough workouts.

 

 

 

 

It’s also a great way to break up your workouts. Many athletes tend to do the same (or very similar) workouts every day, and it can get boring, but yoga can help switch it up. So, try breaking up the week with yoga, and you’ll soon notice these differences.

  1. Flexibility: Yoga not only stretches your muscles and loosens them up, but it also works the joints to loosen them up as well. Keeping your joints and muscles warm and loose allows for maximum flexibility. In sports, this maximum flexibility allows for better movement, range of motion, strength, and even power.
  1. Blood Flow: In order for your body to function as best as possible, good blood flow and circulation is needed. The dynamic stretching and breathing techniques used in your yoga sessions facilitate good blood flow to the body parts you are working.
  1. Agility/Balance: Many dynamic stretches in yoga help work on your balance, which in turn can increase your speed and agility. These poses and stretches during your routines will work on balance directly, and in the long run make you much more limber.

Girl wearing a pink sports bra and black leggings does stretches on a yoga mat.

I highly recommend every athlete do yoga at least once a week — and if they can, do hot yoga which is yoga done in humid conditions to increase flexibility. The humidity makes you sweat more, but also loosens up your muscles to increase your flexibility in all of the poses, or stretches during the workout.  This relaxing exercise can do wonders for your health and wellness and take you to a whole new level as an athlete.


Looking for a more dynamic way to excercise from home? Check out this blog post to find some simple and effective workout ideas.

Training With Battle Ropes

Training With Battle Ropes

By: Travelle Gaines

Bored with the same old dumbbell curls? Sick of running on the treadmill? Then combining strength and cardio training into one unique workout might be for you.

Battle ropes, a workout that tests your cardiovascular and muscular endurance, is a simple way to get a good workout in with just a regular rope wrapped around a pole.

Battle ropes is a great cardio exercise. Unlike traditional cardio, like running or walking, it is something you can do in bursts. So in short 20 to 30 second increments, you can work on your heart rate, cardio burn, and strength. Mixing in battle ropes with strength training makes for a great cardiovascular workout.

Another benefit of battle rope workouts is the number of variations you can do with them. This variety is important because, as an athlete, you never know exactly what physical tests are coming in the heat of battle. By changing things up, these workouts will also help you from a mental and discipline standpoint.

When it comes to form during your battle rope workouts, you want to make sure you have a proper stance and are using the correct muscles. Make sure your feet are shoulder width apart, your toes are pointed straight, you’re seated back in a squatting position like you are sitting in a chair, your chest is up, your eyes are straight ahead, and you are moving the rope as violently and quickly as you can.

Below are some simple variations of battle rope exercises shown in the video:

1. Battle rope waves.
2. Battle rope slams.
3. Battle rope side to side slams.
4. Battle rope outside circles.
5. Battle rope inside circles.