Yoga & CrossFit

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Hey everyone!! My name is Wendi, and I blog at http://www.wendi-matt.blogspot.com. I am SSSOOO excited to be guest posting for Tina! CnC is one of my favorite blogs, especially because of my fav online dog – Murphy! So cute.

Anyway, I love reading about Tina’s adventures in Crossfit. I am an ex-Crossfitter and will be getting back into it when I complete my home garage gym.

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The other thing that I’m doing at this moment is getting certified be a yoga teacher. Yoga has been such an awesome addition to my fitness routine & I think it’s the perfect compliment to Crossfit. Here are some reasons why:

5. Flexibility

This is kind of a duh comment – duh, it helps with flexibility but what does that have to do with Crossfit? I can relate it to my own personal experience. Obviously, we all have different body types so one’s strengths may be another person’s weakness. For me – it’s shoulder flexibility. My shoulders mess me up so much! When working on any type of Olympic lift that is overhead and needs to have any type of shoulder flexibility, I struggle. Overhead squats, back squats, snatch, etc. Then, add one of these lifts to a metcon, Josh, Randy, etc, I REALLY struggle.

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I would do downdog and my arms would be shaking. It wasn’t from lack of strength, it was from inflexibility!!! As my shoulders have loosened up, so has my ability to do some of these poses!

Which brings me to #4…

 

4. Form

Yoga helps with form in so many ways! Through an increased level of flexibility, an increase in strength for smaller, supporting muscles, focus, and just learning about your own body.

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Form is HUGE in Crossfit simply because the better your form is, typically the more weight you can lift. If you want to compete in the Crossfit games, THEY WILL JUDGE YOU ON FORM – chest to bar pull ups, chest to ground push ups, and more.

Yoga is the same – you’re not competing but the more you strive to do the pose correctly, the more benefits you get from each one.

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3. Soreness/Detox

Yoga has so many different poses that help you to detox, especially after building all of that soreness from doing squats and pull ups. Twisting poses are amazing as all as folds.

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2. Ability to Focus

Sometimes, when a workout is really hard, my mind can wander and I start freaking out about how long I have to go. A great example is Murph. I typically break up Murph into 20 sets of 5 pulls, 10 push ups and 15 squats. I get really overwhelmed mentally by this.

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This sounds so weird, but in yoga, you really just focus on what’s going on at that moment and it translates so well to other sports. Crossfit, running – my mind calms down and I just focus on the task at hand. One time, I was doing the workout with wall balls, box jumps and running and I almost started hyperventilating. I got so overwhelmed by how much more I had to do and how hard it was and I lost it. Now, when something is really hard, I’m able to remain calm and not spend too much time worrying about what’s ahead.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST”¦

1. Calming

Crossfit, running, most sports are so competitive. Work is competitive, life is competitive. Healthy competition is nice but sometimes, it’s awesome to have a place to just come in, focus on yourself, and leave the world behind for an hour. There is no competition in yoga because it’s all about you. It’s not the pose that’s the goal, but the process in getting there. You can’t compare yourself to others – it’s just not the place. For me, it feels like a refuge. I don’t have to beat anyone, I can just come in, attempt poses if I want or take it easy because it’s what I’m doing as a whole that’s so beneficial.

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I’m the second one from the right!!

I hope this has been helpful. Thanks again Tina! I love your blog!

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23 Comments

  1. Great post! I feel the same way with yoga and running. Yoga has really helped me with my running by helping me calm down and slow my breathing and not get overwhelmed by long distances.

  2. Interesting post, I need to get more yoga in my life to improve my flexibility, but it would be nice guest post-er to know your name and if you have your own blog to follow!

  3. This is exactly what I needed to read today. I also struggle like crazy with my shoulder flexibility, to the point that OHS are a no go for me. I attempt to do a lame half squat which is so discouraging. I have always thought that Yoga was too slow for me but I now realize that I am slowed down without it. Thank you for the inspiration!!
    Tina…have a wonderful time!

  4. Thanks for the post. I need to start doing more yoga. I love it so much but have been focusing more on strength training.

    Great information!

  5. Yoga really helps all kinds of things, I can see where it would help in CrossFit, too. Working out tight hamstrings and hips has definitely made me a better runner (my current sport of choice).

  6. Thank you so much for the inspiring post! I’ve been dying to do more yoga to help with my sourness from running. I love hearing how yoga has benefitted so many other people!

  7. What a great setup you have! I can’t even bleive how great yoga has been for my own workouts for all of the reasons you mention. My favorite benefit? The calming. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  8. Great Post, I love Yoga. Yoga is a set of physical and mental exercises, intended to give control over the body and mind. Thanks for sharing.

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