Yoga as Strength Training

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
687 posts
Busy bee

Power yoga will get you sore.

If there are no classes around you then you can buy those Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown DVDs, those are all bodyweight training. 

Post # 4
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@sydneybridetobe1991:  Strength training doesn’t make you bulky unless you are eating a metric sh!t tonne of food to go with it. If you’re losing weight then it just helps you look slim, toned and curvy (in a good way). Yoga is great too but don’t believe anyone who says that lifting makes you bulky whilst eating to lose weight.

I do do yoga for stretching, but my main exercise is heavy barbell training. I did my first powerlifting contest today and most of the women were slim, curvy and in no way bulky.

Post # 5
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I use yoga as my all over strength training.  I used to do more weight stuff but I’ve had some health issues lately that have made a lot of that too hard on me and too exhausting.  I really like body weight exercises more than I like weight stuff but that’s just me.

Post # 7
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I hate to threadjack but I have to ask: what on earth is the Kim K workout??

Keep up the good work, by the way!  Have you ever tried pilates reformer training? AMAZING for toning. All about strengthening and lengthening. You will achieve the most gorgeous, ballerina-esque body.

Post # 8
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@sydneybridetobe1991:  Yoga is an amazing workout. I got my first real muscle definition after doing some power yoga. I would recommend Rodney Yee’s Power Yoga Total Body Workout and Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga series. They are old school but they are still the best in my opinion. I also agree with @SpecialSundae:  that strength training does not add bulk unless you are eating a lot and/or jacking up on steroids. I recommend doing P90X or Crossfit or Insanity to get a really effective workout.

Post # 11
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@sydneybridetobe1991:  Classes aren’t my thing either so I do P90X for strength training at home. Check those out too because they are really really good. They are pretty intense though so you need to have at least an intermediate level of fitness to do them without collapsing. Yoga is wonderful to be honest. I always feel cleansed and energised after doing it.

Post # 12
2501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@sydneybridetobe1991:  Yoga wil make you toned for sure! A lot of studios also offer a class (usually) called yoga sculpt- where you incorporate weights in your vinyasa flow..

I *personally* do not like it that much as it makes me too sore to do regular yoga the next day, but it is for sure a good workout. There may be some DVDs out there for yoga sculpt.


Post # 14
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@sydneybridetobe1991:  Awesome! Just a word of warning though: that Total Body Workout is tough! It took me a couple of weeks to ramp up to being able to do the whole thing. I started with 20mins, then 30 minutes and after that it’s okay. I haven’t used the weekly yoga dvds, so I can’t offer any advice there.

Do let us know how it all goes!

Post # 16
2169 posts
Buzzing bee

@sydneybridetobe1991:  I don’t have experience with yoga, but I have a couple of friends who are super into yoga and they swear that it tones them up and makes them look tight like no one else’s business. Those two have also told me really good things about pilates. 

I’ve also heard really good things about Insanity and P90X. I have a different friend who is very athletic and swears by Insanity and P90X. She has been doing those two programs with a group of people for about a year and a half now and the results she has gotten have been awesome.

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