Yoga

I wanted to post about yoga, because I feel it’s a very common exercise that people love to hate.  And believe me, I felt the same way when I first started doing P90X and did my first Yoga X workout.  It’s a long workout (the longest of all the P90X workouts at 90 minutes) and it is very hard, especially if you’re not very flexible.  The poses are extremely awkward at first and can be very hard to complete.

So I totally understand why people don’t like it.  They might feel like it’s not as good of a workout because you’re not lifting a bunch of weights or jumping around.  But if I would really challenge you to give it your all in Yoga X and I know you’ll be working up quite a sweat!

But why do yoga?  Well first off, your muscles need recovery from all the lifting and plyo you do during the other workouts, so yoga provides your body with some recovery.  You can’t lift every single day otherwise your muscles would never recover.  When I do yoga, one big thing I notice is that I am much less sore after the workout.  If I’m starting out feeling kind of stiff, by the end of the workout I usually feel very limber and most of my soreness has gone away.  Second, flexibility is important!  I feel like this often gets overlooked, but being flexible will actually help you in the other workouts.  The more flexible you are, the stronger you will be through the entire range of motion of each body part.  The more you do yoga, the better you will be at your other workouts!  I’ve noticed huge improvements in my flexibility.  When I started, I could barely touch my toes, and now I’m close to getting my whole palm down on the floor!  Third, it’s an amazing workout for working your core and stability muscles.  During yoga your core is pretty much always getting a workout.  If you want those ripped abs, then you should definitely be doing yoga!  It’s not just ab ripper X that will give you the results!  This will make you more stable during your other workouts and should improve your posture as well.

So in my opinion, Yoga X is very worth your time.  There are some huge benefits that you’d be missing out on if you’re skipping that workout in the schedule.  But I know 90 minutes is a long time, so there is a good option out there for those who really don’t have that long to workout.  The Tony Horton 1-on-1 series has a Fountain of Youth Yoga workout that’s only about 40 minutes of yoga.  This is a great option and is actually what I do for my yoga workout.  It’s nice because it’s about half the time, but you still get a great workout in.  So if you’re struggling to do the 90 minutes of Yoga X, go check out the  1-on-1 series here.

 

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Crash
Crash

I gotta admit, I despise yoga! But I keep doing it because of Coaches like you keep telling me how important it is. Thanks!

Coach Tom
Coach Tom

That was me at first, too! I really didn't like it either, but I'm glad you're sticking with it!!

James Garr
James Garr

One thing I've learned about yoga: The better I get at it, the more I get out of it. If I'm feeling "crunchy" or sore, a half hour of yoga usually fixes me right up in a way that nothing else will.

Coach Tom
Coach Tom

James, I would say the same thing! I usually am a little sore to start, but boy does it help loosen the muscles up! That's a big reason why I kept doing it originally!

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