With all of the different workout options that you hear about every day, it’s not hard to understand that most people have a hard time trying t figure out which program they should go with. I mean really, just turn the TV on and you have a thousand different infomercials pushing different products: Insanity (by the way, the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over again expecting a different result….do
you see the joke here?), P90X, Shake Weights, Taebo (I would certainly hate to take a roundhouse kick to the face from Billy Blanks!) , Treadclimbers, 5 minute abs, 4 minute abs (man that’s time saving!), Mini Steppers….the list literally goes on and on. And that’s only stuff you see on TV. Let’s not mention all the options you have at your local gym: Spinning, Pilates, Yoga, Hot Yoga, Anti-gravity yoga (apparently the yoga masters have learned the ability to become weightless, who knew), Powerpump, Kick boxing….again, endless.
So what’s the point here? It’s easy to get caught up in trying to figure out which way is best for you to go. When you have 10 different types of yoga classes to choose from, which one should you choose? The simplest answer I can give you is both, and. Relegating yourself to a single aspect of fitness leaves you one-dimensional. If all you do is yoga, then you’re flexible but you have no strength, power or aerobic capacity. If all you do is run for miles and miles, again no strength, power or flexibility. Understanding that all of these aspects of “being fit” are important is key.
Now, don’t confuse this statement. Yes, being flexible, powerful and strong are important, but I’m not telling a powerlifter to make sure he does yoga 4 times a week. Clearly everyone has different goals and in order to achieve those goals you have to focus primarily on one thing. Want to be strong? Lift heavy weights. Want to run marathons? Run long distances. Obviously these are simplifications, but the point is focus on your goal, but do not forget the other important factors. If you’re a yoga person, plug in some resistance training to help develop strength and power. It will not make you “muscle bound” and inflexible. Plugging in different tools will only improve your performance in whatever it is you love to do.