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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The StrengthCast PowerShow It's how you recover that counts


Yoga for Powerlifters

Are you a classic, beat-up powerlifter? Whether you compete at a high level or train powerlifting as a hobby, yoga may be your path to improved performance and healthier movement!

Powerlifting is a unique strength sport in which competitors get three attempts at three specific lifts—bench press, squat, and deadlift—with the end goal of hitting a max weight on their third lifts. Since these are all major compound movements, they activate a lot of different muscles and require the body to work as a whole to perform them.

The glutes, quads, hamstrings, and hips are, of course, heavily involved in squats and deadlifts, just as the shoulders, pecs, traps, and lats are worked during the bench press. Needless to say, powerlifting can be extremely taxing on the body, and injuries are common.

This calls for yoga moves that will help increase mobility and flexibility in those areas. Better movement will improve blood flow, allowing the muscles to work at optimal levels and helping them get stronger over time. Tightness can hinder proper form, leading to poor movement patterns and potential injury. Plus, you just can't move as much weight as you'd like—and that's the whole point of the sport! Keep reading.......

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