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Old 11-30-2011, 09:58 PM   #1
Ian Doble
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Strength training and Yoga

I'm months into recovering from breaking several bones in my neck, back and pelvis. I've been cleared to lift heavy weights and am 4 weeks into Starting Strength, following the program to a T and seeing the targeted gains without issue.

Granted I'm still weak, chubby 28 yrs old ~190lb with WorkoutA at Squat235, Bench170, DL295 so I'm aware I have far to go in regards to strength. I was wondering if mixing in some yoga to improve my flexibility would greatly inhibit my strength gains. I understand that I can't expect to continue raising my squat by 10lb a session forever, especially if I start deviating from the program as written. But just how much should I expect progress to slow if I do the yoga on top?

Yes, my primary goal is to get stronger, but I am willing to sacrifice the rate of progression a bit to help work on mobility. If there's a similar thread that you're familiar with, feel free to link I couldn't find any using search.

Also, if it doesn't sound like a bad idea, when would be best to do the yoga? On off days or after a workout? If there's a better program I could follow, feel free to shoot a recommendation. The only caveat is I'm currently limited to my garage setup with a power rack.

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Old 11-30-2011, 11:04 PM   #2
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Re: Strength training and Yoga

I always saw yoga as stress releasing, not stress inducing; therefore, it shouldn't inhibit your strength gains. I wouldn't do it before lifting, but afterward, or on your off days as you suggested.

I'm sure someone with more know-how will chime in.
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Old 12-01-2011, 12:14 AM   #3
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Re: Strength training and Yoga

It probably wouldn't be the worst thing to do while on SS. Going for long, slow, distance runs or throwing in a bunch of metcons will.

If you're looking in to improving mobility, have you checked out Kelly Starret's mobilityWOD?
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:21 AM   #4
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Re: Strength training and Yoga

i do yoga a few times a week, hasn't inhibited my strength gains at all. Its actually done the opposite, its allowed my shoulders and hips to work more freely while lifting.
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:53 AM   #5
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I am no expert, but personal anecdotal experience would lead me to believe this could actually boost your strength gains significantly.

Yoga has helped me break through plateaus on numerous occasions and it has also been very helpful for me in finding and addressing bot weak points and inflexible points that I would not have otherwise been so aware of.

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Old 12-01-2011, 01:39 PM   #6
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Re: Strength training and Yoga

Originally Posted by Max Salmen View Post
finding and addressing bot weak points.
Definately want to get those addressed
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:46 PM   #7
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Re: Strength training and Yoga

Awesome, these are the answers I was hoping for! And Adam, thanks for the Mobility WOD recommendation. I'm going to start from the beginning of the series tomorrow.
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