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Thread: Yoga and Powerlifting
09-27-2007, 12:48 PM #1
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09-27-2007, 02:31 PM #3
From what I know, if a lifter can do things to increase their mobility(ie; yoga), then they can be a better lifter. For instance, decreased chance of injury, increased ability to arch when benching or go deeper when squatting, etc.My Training Journal...
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09-27-2007, 02:41 PM #4
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09-27-2007, 02:42 PM #5
ya i realise this is a girls article but it brings up alotta good points about why yogas bad. but you shoulda do what you want to do. regarding flexibility for powerlifting, i think you should most definately work your flexibility to b able 2 wedge yourself in the proper positions for everything, but up to a certain point i read somewhere that being over flexible with "power sports" can take away some of your speed and power n such and actually increase your chances of getting injured. i cant find sources for that but im sure if sombody actually googled it theyed find sumthin? just my 2 cents
09-27-2007, 04:46 PM #6
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You know what, Ima call that one out real quick. Stretching is NOT damaging to your muscles, on the contrary, it helps them build stronger. It might keep them from having full hyperthrophy and all that great stuff, but he's asking about powerlifting, so for strength, therefore, heavy lifting+stretchy stretchy is a YAY!
09-27-2007, 04:52 PM #7
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09-27-2007, 09:45 PM #9"Rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. " 1 Timothy 4:7-8
09-27-2007, 09:51 PM #10
09-27-2007, 11:16 PM #11
Stability definitely increases, which is quite important considering, many sports coaches advice on unilateral work. A crane pose may seem simple but it probably isn't all that easy for the 240LBS powerlifter that didn't practice. I can do pistols easily with about 15KG's a hand, even without practice, and I must say it's probably thanks to yoga.
09-28-2007, 04:27 AM #12
When you do a powerlift, yes, you want to be as "tight" as possible. This, however, does not mean you physically have tight, un-flexibile muscles. Rather, getting "tight" during a lift is about tensing your entire body.
Musclar flexibility is a whole different aspect of fitness, and IMO a powerlifter's ability to get perform a lift will only be positivley impacted if they have more musclar flexibility.My Training Journal...
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09-28-2007, 08:24 AM #13
ok i did a bitta research and Strength training and flexibility training should go hand in hand. It is a common misconception that there must always be a trade-off between flexibility and strength. Obviously, if you neglect flexibility training altogether in order to train for strength then you are certainly sacrificing flexibility (and vice versa). However, performing exercises for both strength and flexibility need not sacrifice either one. As a matter of fact, flexibility training and strength training can actually enhance one another.
however overflexibility in any muscle should be avoided at allcosts: It is possible for the muscles of a joint to become too flexible. According to SynerStretch, there is a tradeoff between flexibility and stability. As you get "looser" or more limber in a particular joint, less support is given to the joint by its surrounding muscles. Excessive flexibility can be just as bad as not enough because both increase your risk of injury.
Once a muscle has reached its absolute maximum length, attempting to stretch the muscle further only serves to stretch the ligaments and put undue stress upon the tendons (two things that you do not want to stretch). Ligaments will tear when stretched more than 6% of their normal length. Tendons are not even supposed to be able to lengthen. Even when stretched ligaments and tendons do not tear, loose joints and/or a decrease in the joint's stability can occur (thus vastly increasing your risk of injury).
sparknotes: flexibilty and strength work hand n hand.
if uve reached a maximal range of flexibility dont try getting further...
and yoga is still bad go 2 my original post and go to the link
09-28-2007, 10:04 AM #14
What the ****? There aren't any powerlifters that are anywhere near being "too" flexible.
I try to do 30 minutes of Pilates a couple times of week. Yes, it's sort of gay, but who cares? It's excellent active rest - really helps if you're feeling a little sore.485/285/495 @ 200
Ed Coan told me I had nice squat form.
09-28-2007, 02:07 PM #15
09-28-2007, 04:15 PM #16
#1 I don't care what you say, I am not doing yoga. :P
Second, flexibility is good up to a point. There are 2 things that affect the stability of a joint. The physical design of the joint and the degree of flexibility.
By definition, the more flexible a joint is, the less stable it is.
That is arthrology/biomechanics 101.
Enough flexibility to keep good form is good. Additional flexibility beyond that is not always better. Shoulders are an excellent example. Healthy, very flexible shoulders (like competitive swimmers) will dislocate more easily than slightly less flexible, healthy shoulders. The same shoulders would be great for swimmers, but bad for football players. There are numerous other examples where too much flexibility predisposes people to injury.
So like most things, it is good as long as you take it to an unreasonable degree.
09-28-2007, 06:57 PM #17