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Does yoga count as strength training?
07-16-2014, 04:27 AM
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Rainbow Does yoga count as strength training?
Hi, I'm new to EM2WL and am just trying to work out how to strength train in a way that fits in with my life. At the moment I'm working really long hours Monday to Thursday, and am doing half an hour Astanga yoga in the morning before I go to work (well most of the time...!). I've been on a self practise course, so just do the routine I've been taught. I've read elsewhere that yoga counts as strength training - but do you consider it is?
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07-16-2014, 12:51 PM
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RE: Does yoga count as strength training?
If you are doing a bunch of warrior poses and sun salutations, I would say that it counts as body weight strength training. There is no doubt that you are using a ton of muscles when you do a faster paced yoga.

Have you looked at "yogadownload.com"? There are a ton of audio classes that you can stream or download. If you choose the Baptiste or Ashtanga classes I would count that as strength. The trick would be finding ways to make things harder once you start to get stronger and regular plank is to easy. Like maybe lift a leg slightly off the ground. Or lift a leg while you go through chaturanga.

I love lifting heavy and loading up a barbell, but I love yoga as well happy My goal this fall is to actually blend the two for my fitness plan. Heavy lifting 3 days a week, and then easy/stretch yoga the other days of the week.

Do what you love...it's easier to keep a consistent routine that way!
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07-16-2014, 02:16 PM (This post was last modified: 07-16-2014 02:19 PM by jaeone.)
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RE: Does yoga count as strength training?
Hi there and welcome to the group!
Yoga can be considered as weight training at first.
Strength training refers to getting stronger which would require increasing the weight the body is lifting. So when lifting weights such as barbells, dumbbells, kettle bells, or on machines, you're able to change the amount of weight the body is lifting therefore your body is able to get stronger. But with yoga or other body weight training exercises all you can do is increase the length of time that you do an exercise which will increase your endurance but won't do much for your strength.

I hope this helps!

A good 30-40 minute full body weight lifting session 3 days a week will work wonders! Quality over quantity!!

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07-16-2014, 02:59 PM
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RE: Does yoga count as strength training?
Oh wow I absolutely love yoga, haven't been able to find a local class that I can go to so haven't been able to take it up again. I used to practice ashtanga yoga, and it was the most amazing workout. Totally agree with what's been said above in that it definitely builds a strong, flexible body.

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07-16-2014, 08:17 PM
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RE: Does yoga count as strength training?
First of all, welcome! So glad to have you here!

To answer your question, yes and no. With most body weight "strength" work, the workout can technically be considered strength in the beginning. As can anything, really, when you're going from completely sedentary to establishing movement. (Similar to newbie gains... )

But as soon as you can do it for longer periods of time, it moves into the endurance territory.

One example would be push-ups; when a person can only do one or two it's a strength move. But when they get to the point where they can knock out 20 to 30, it's endurance.

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07-17-2014, 02:58 AM
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RE: Does yoga count as strength training?
Thanks so much everyone. That's really helpful - I'll carry on with the yoga and try to fit in some weights too! :-)
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07-17-2014, 03:52 AM
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RE: Does yoga count as strength training?
can I add a BUT in here - you can still increase the hardness so push ups - as the hardest are handstand push ups!!! so I think as long as you keep pushing the hardness level then yes you can consider it strength happy
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07-25-2014, 03:06 AM
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RE: Does yoga count as strength training?
Thanks again everyone. So if I say, do yoga for half an hour 5 x a week - do you think I should try and add weight training too? Or would that be enough?
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07-30-2014, 10:07 PM
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RE: Does yoga count as strength training?
I had a Facebook link about yoga and weight training on Girls Gone Strong in my feed today. Made me think if this thread: http://www.girlsgonestrong.com/yoga-it-d...body-good/

There was also one on bodyweight strength training...I'll see if I can find it again and add it as well happy
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07-31-2014, 11:35 AM
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RE: Does yoga count as strength training?
Ok. Here is the bodyweight training article I was thinking of...I just couldn't remember where I had seen the link. To much information sometimes! happy

http://www.girlsgonestrong.com/bodyweigh...t-weights/

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