Dear Willow: Which Yoga Stretches Are Best for Strength Athletes?
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Being an avid lifter, I try to be knowledgeable about techniques and supplemental strategies for lifting. Lately I have read more and more about how important flexibility is the key to the compound lifts that form the backbone of a solid lifting program. As my town does not have a gym that offers yoga, I have to rely on the Internet for information and tips. I have read your articles and greatly enjoy the content you provide. I was hoping you could provide some information about stretches and positions that could help lifters who focus on squats, deadlifts, bench press, and military press. Thank you so much for you time.
- Bench Press
- Military Press
1. Standing Straddle Side Bend - Arms overhead, hand grabs wrist, five breaths each side
(Note: This is similar to the photo but performed from standing straddle position.)
2. Straddle - Lay on back with legs outstretched on wall
3. Bridge - Ten breaths
4. Wheel Over Yoga Ball - Ten breaths
5. Cobra - Five breaths
6. Savasana - Five breaths