Flexibility is an important component of a well-rounded fitness routine,
especially for those who tend to gravitate towards strength training. Adequate range of motion around the joints is imperative to perform
loaded movement patterns safely and effectively using strength-training
tools such as barbells and dumbbells. In addition to enhancing
performance in the gym, incorporating movements into one’s workout
routine that enhance joint stability and mobility
will also address existing muscle imbalance and allow for greater ease
and efficiency when performing activities of daily living (ADLs) outside
of the gym. The following yoga poses focus on stretching the major
muscle groups typically used when performing ADLs (calves, thighs, hip
flexors, back, chest and shoulders) while enhancing mobility in the
hips, ankles, shoulders and thoracic spine.
Incorporating these yoga poses into your workout regimen will help
increase range of motion, as well as enhance stability and mobility.