Yoga? That’s for hippies. You can take all that stretching and breathing and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine. That was my mindset until about seven years ago, when I followed a good-looking gal into a yoga class. I left class feeling amazing and began a pursuit of studying this hippie stuff. And before you write me off as a Cali-yoga dude, know my roots lie in a small gym in North Florida.
My love of weights began in my father’s gym in the 80’s: plates, racks, grunts, and mullets. You get the picture. Don’t get me wrong, I love all these things (except the mullets), but after multiple surgeries from football, my joints were not loving my weights routine. I needed a different approach. The solution: yoga. As I reflect back on my time as an athlete, I know I would have had more success as a player by incorporating yoga into my training program. Here's why.