September 14, 2018
Top 10 Reasons to Train at Yoga Athletex
I. BACKED BY SCIENCE: Yoga Athletex HIIT classes (Athletex + YAX) maximize the body’s ability to burn fat, build lean muscle, optimize the body’s hormone and physiological response to exercise while improving overall daily and athletic performance.
II. ACCESSIBLE: It is truly made for everyone at any stage of athletic development (see LTAD model – warrants a-whole-nother conversation). Our circuits are made accessible to everyone regardless of age or fitness level through the use of progressions and regressions.
III. HORMONE REGULATION: This type of high intensity explosive training triggers an improved physiological response to exercise by elevating activity of the endocrine system leading to increased hormone production (including growth hormone) which stimulates protein synthesis. This, in turn, leads to improved muscle growth, fat metabolism leading to a reduction in body fat, and increased metabolic rate for sustainable weight loss and effective weight management. It is important for people in the 30+ age bracket to participate in high intensity circuits, to stimulate hormone production because this is when a decline starts to take place.
IV: OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE: Our circuits will improve strength, speed, endurance, balance, flexibility, coordination, motor control and more through the OPT model used to build these circuits, approved by NASM. The movements are sequenced so that participants perform dissimilar consecutive exercises, promoting active recovery. Each circuit, throughout the year, aims to achieve performance in phase one (Stabilization Endurance), Phase two (Strength Endurance) and Phase five (Power) of the OPT model. We work to achieve high rep, low intensity sets within a 30 second period to fatigue the muscles, which will ensure that all muscle fibers are recruited. Clients who have been working with low reps and heavy weights for some time are often in dire need of a higher repetition strategy. As stated before, the neural and hormonal benefits of such protocols are much more effective for the speed and power state of the client/athlete than what has been previously believed and researched.
V: BURN LONGER: You will find a full body workout with every circuit, work in every plane of motion and constantly be challenged to increase performance. Participants will optimize calories burned during the exercise, and will also experience nearly two times the post exercise caloric expenditure, in comparison to traditional workouts.
VI: NOT CROSSFIT: A note about Olympic Lifts at the Hypertrophy stage and why you won’t see that at YAX. Olympic lifts (Cleans, Snatches, and Jerks) are a great tool to teach powerful triple extension in athletes, but they are only a tool. Although the Olympic lifts produce lots of power, the manner in which the power is produced is not similar enough to have transfer beyond a particular point (somewhere around the advanced/elite level). To this end, the Olympic lifts make a spectacular training method for early work, but in high-performance training blocks featuring lots of speed and plyometric work, pushing the gas pedal down too hard on the Olympic lifts will do nothing but steal adaptation away from the specific jump pathways.
VII: ROM/INJURY PREVENTION: Flexibility is essential for your muscles and should be incorporated into your workout regiment regularly, or through a consistent yoga practice. We offer both avenues. Flexibility movements are important when done properly because it corrects muscle imbalances, increases joint range of motion (ROM), decreases muscle soreness, relieves joint stress, improves muscle extensibility, and maintains the functional length of all muscles.
VIII: STRESS RELIEF: Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation. Yoga may help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and lower your heart rate. And almost anyone can do it.
IX: FOCUS/MENTAL CLARITY: Studies show yoga provides a boost in executive functioning and emotional resilience. Additional observational research on mindfulness and meditation sheds light on how classes may actually influence your brain structure. Studies looking at how the brain changes before and after meditation found that brain structures involved in awareness, attention and self-related thinking changed in structure and increased in volume. Research also found that the hippocampus, which is involved in learning and memory, developed more gray matter density.
X: REST + RECOVER: Yoga helps to cultivate the skill of conscious relaxation and help to discover where we are holding tension. Yoga can create conditions for a relaxation and recovery response to kick in. Yoga can also help us face what we are avoiding internally and provide an overall sense of awareness.