During the past 10 years that I’ve been presenting and teaching fitness, something I’ve noticed while walking through a facility to teach a class or train a client is the astonishing number of men STILL training just their “beach muscles”.
While all muscles of the body play important roles, we tend to ignore the most important muscles and the ones that we use most often in daily life. I’m referring to postural muscles, the core, the spine and the stabilization muscles that surround those areas.
People already spend way too much time sitting, which, by the way, is considered “the new smoking” (yes, it’s that bad for you!)… so why would you sit down in the gym?! I say, No Way!!
One of the best ways to work the muscles that we can’t see in the mirror but that we use most often in our daily lives is through the practice of yoga. And yes, REAL men do yoga, too!
Everybody with a body – from pro athletes to moms – NEEDS this type of training because you will become better at anything and everything you deal with on a daily basis. Hmmmm, training to become better at LIFE. How important is that?
I would say it’s a lot more important than having nice looking biceps or chest muscles!…. nice body, but what can you do with it?
YOGA is just a name. My classes are all about creating feelings of well being, balancing out imbalances that we all have, and building a better more functional body. We do this by working all muscles and systems of the body including the brain, the nervous system, the immune system and the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems that help manage stress.
Alexi, a famous Russian Olympic powerlifter who was one of the strongest men in the world once said “Train your brain and your nerves, not just your muscles”.
In my opinion a great fitness goal is the desire to build a strong, open body that’s also functional and balanced rather than saying, “I’d like to lose 10 lbs.,” or, “can you fix this jiggling under my arms or around my butt?” Sure, let me just go get my plastic surgery certification!
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Photo Credits: Patrick Beach