Today starts the 2nd week of my #RoadToSub300 fitness regimen. This was how my week went last week:
Yoga at Bikram Yoga Alabang (BYA)
I’m happy to say that I’m beginning to get my groove on when doing CrossFit. I am not as strong as I was but I am set to get my strength back. For now, all I need is to master my form. Correcting the form early on will make it easier for me to smash WODs in the future.
I’m also happy to say that my yoga practice has greatly improved. From two weeks ago, I nearly fainted 5 times in 90 minutes. This week, I’ve ALMOST completed the entire practice without sitting down for air. I have to admit, there were times when I would put my arms down and shake it off but I would really challenge myself to complete it as much as I can.
Bikram Yoga Alabang’s Betty, Ginger, and Frank were very supportive. I like the way they would acknowledge when I would do a posture really well (for my size). I am glad that after every practice, I would get feedback from them especially from Frank giving me tips and suggestions on how to “downscale” on my postures. I like the challenge and how it encourages me to try to get the proper form – just like in CrossFit.
I often ask myself why it took me this long to incorporate yoga into my regimen. CrossFitters would acknowledge that they need yoga in their weekly regimen to help in their WODs (Workout Of the Day). I also don’t know why it took me this long to act on it but I am glad that BYA stepped in. They did not just step in, they “interfered” and I am glad, too. If it weren’t for their push, I wouldn’t have recovered this fast from my summer-long rest and got me working out again.
I am convinced that yoga and CrossFit are complimentary and let me explain how.
CrossFit is a combination of cardio, gymnastics, and weightlifting among other things. In order for you to successfully and effectively do your lifts and what not, you need to be flexible. Sure you can get that from doing the gymnastics movements but I am no gymnast. That’s where yoga steps in. With the different postures you do in a practice, you have no choice but to become flexible.
Yoga and CrossFit trains your endurance. Yoga improves your flexibility for you to do CrossFit. CrossFit trains you on how to recover quickly needed when doing all yoga poses.
But ironically, even though I say that yoga and CrossFit compliment each other, many of the things we do in CrossFit and yoga contradict each other, as well.
There are also a lot of habits in CrossFit that we do that are not allowed in yoga. In CrossFit, in order for you to encourage your co-athletes, you would often hear them scream on the top of their lungs. That is clearly not allowed in yoga. You just couldn’t imagine the countless times I have to control myself from shouting on the mat saying, “JUST A LITTLE MORE GUYS!!!” But you hear that often during a CrossFit WOD.In yoga, when you are dizzy, you are told to sit down and breathe slowly. In CrossFit, when you feel dizzy after a WOD, you are discouraged from sitting down for you might faint. In CrossFit, you see people breathing heavily with their mouths open but that is not allowed in yoga and the list goes on and on and on.
But aside from the different things to contradict each other, yoga is a good way to help you relieve your aches and pains from doing a WOD. I would normally do my yoga BEFORE a WOD just to get my body warm for a WOD and have the aches and pains go away while on the mat.
Don’t get me wrong, though. Doing this is not easy. Today alone, I’ve experienced my first katamaran and I simply had to stand up and go out. The moment you agree with your brain that you are tired, will be the beginning of a bad and unhealthy habit. Fight it.
I am currently doing BYA’s 4×4 challenge but as soon as that’s over, I will still continue to do at least 3x a week of yoga. Aside from it being a good way to sweat it all out, it truly compliements my CrossFit lifestyle.
(images courtesy of www.crossfitparabellum.com and www.bikramyogaalabang.com)