Strength training has been usually focussed on purely physical growth or development. Yoga, on the other hand, is a holistic health and fitness system that has been around for thousands of years, helping to develop the body in conjunction with the mind. It was merely a matter of time before fitness enthusiasts started to explore this ancient practice, to see if they could use yoga as a supplement to traditional strength training.
Strength training typically uses free weights or specialised gym machines to create resistance, with a specific number of repetitive muscle contractions or ‘reps’ spread across a pre-defined number of exercise sets. Most trainers recommend at least two sessions of strength training a week to maintain an efficient metabolism. In fact, many doctors also advise resistance training as an important tool to prevent bone loss.
From a resistance training perspective, yoga is an interesting choice because many postures orient the body in a way that requires the support of muscles working against gravity. In essence, this is a form of resistance training, though the focus is on overall physical and mental health. So, in order to integrate yoga as a supplement to traditional strength training, it is best to adopt a two-pronged approach
Increase muscle size with Strength Training:
Improve flexibility and endurance with Yoga:
For most people who are trying to attain an acceptable level of fitness, a combination will usually be the best solution. Weight training with resistance tools like weights or machines, coupled with yoga body-weight exercises can lead to wonderful improvements in overall health. It’s a great idea use yoga as a supplement to traditional strength training, instead of trying to replace one with the other.