Yoga and Bodybuilding
Many of you may know the importance of incorporating stretching into your training. Yet do most of you know the ways to make stretching most productive?
Basically it’s best to stretch when you are already warmed up; as opposed to using it as the warm up. If you are going to stretch prior to weight training, do at least some light cardio first. Stretching when you are cold, as in first thing in the morning will require more time to get into. It also poses a greater risk of pulling a muscle. So even if it means running on the spot for a minute or two, warm-up before stretching.
Many of you may have some basic stretches you practice. This post is not saying get yoga mats, join a club, spend voluminous time standing on your head. You can if you want to, I'm sure you'll benefit. However, this post is just encouragement to investigate stretching as part of your training a bit more deeply, since every bit of edge counts.
Hatha yoga offers all the tools that will add more success to your program. It offers all the stretches needed to limber up the entire body and get blood flowing smoothly. Additionally, it provides focus through breathing. This same focus helps to forge the mind-muscle connection. You will then be able to enhance your concentration/control in training.
Here is a starting point if you want to learn the basics:
And if you want to go straight to the exercises themselves
this link has animated instruction and guidelines for learning all you might want to know, besides having an instructor. Always go gently into new things.