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Power yoga

More yoga today. I think there is a rule that yoga instructors have to be hotter then all hell. That’s the rule in my gym anyway. They’re batting 2 for 2.

I spent all day finally paying the price for Monday’s session. I’m not really sure what type of yoga that was. All I know is that I was really sore today. Especially in my obliques. That’s an odd feeling. You don’t get sore there too often. I don’t anyway. Maybe if you do a ton of ab exercises you would.

Today was power yoga. We used little dumbbells. The boys used 5 pounders and the girls used 3 pounders. For some reason there was an entirely different group of people today. Basically the same type as before though. One girl looked like she knew what she was doing and the rest were average.

It was only 45 minutes but it was still tough as hell. By the time we finished I was wiped out. I’m more sore now in my arms then I can ever remember being.

We did a lot of movements with out hands over our heads holding the weights. Then we did push up type stuff and holding pushups inches from the ground. Then we had to go to that damn down dog position to finish it off. I didn’t have as many stability problems this time because we weren’t required to do those types of moves as much. I think I held my own today.

Our teacher was a freaking machine. We were all dying toward the end but she just kept on going. Of course she gave us options to make things easier but I couldn’t do that because I’m so tough and all. I’m hurting now and I KNOW It’s gonna be worse in the near future.

No more yoga this week. Maybe none for a long time. The wife wants us to do these classes together but there’s no way I can do this and lift in the same night. They offer lunch time classes so we might look into those. I’d have to be pretty hardcore to consider that though. We’ll see.

If I don’t do yoga again for a while at least I can say I tried. I walk away with a much greater respect for it. Yoga is no joke. You have to be really strong to do things right.

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My first yoga class

I just got back from my first ever yoga class.

I’ve been meaning to try yoga for over a year now but I just never found the time. Now that I’m taking a week off from lifting I figured this would be the perfect opportunity. I’m happy to say that I survived.

I got to the gym about 10 minutes early and noticed another class in the room. I figured I’d practice my pull ups since I’m starting next week. The overhand ones were horrible. I tried a few sets with the hammer grip and it was a lot easier. Something to think about – but I’m digressing.

I finally saw a group of scantily clad women congregating in front of the door and figured they must be there for class. I went over and started talking to a couple of the girls. Told them it was my first time and they were very supportive. They introduced me to the teacher and encouraged me to come back next time.

It was a pretty nice group. A couple of older women, a couple of younger women and even two other guys. No one was too intimidating. No super hotties (except for the teacher – of course) and no super freaky flexible people. Everyone seemed to be nice and normal. It was a good environment and I felt at ease immediately.

The actual class was pretty tough. Any illusions I had of someday doing yoga and then doing my lifts afterwards were quickly set aside. Halfway through I was drenched in sweat. I’m pretty sore right now and I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m super sore tomorrow.

My performance wasn’t too bad. I’d give myself an average grade on flexibility. My stability, on the other hand, is below average. I was able to get into every pose the teacher led us through. Holding that pose was the problem.

I found a couple of moves that I think would really help my lifting. There is one called a chair pose that is basically holding a squat position halfway down. I did pretty good with that one. Didn’t have any issues keeping my chest up or my back locked. There were others that I don’t remember but also involved locking your lower back and lifting your chest. I remember thinking that those were pretty good. There were also movements that stretched the hip flexors and hamstrings. I have a lot of room to grow there. I have no doubt that those would improve my squat form.

The entire experience was interesting. I’ll definitely do it again. Don’t know if I can incorporate it regularly into my routine though. I’d still like to go back if for nothing else then to just improve on my weak points. A lot of things were very challenging and I like that.

P.S. As I write this I just saw the Joe Torre State Farm commercial. The part where he’s doing yoga – yeah, that was me at times today. I’ve seen it before but that commercial just got a whole lot funnier.