BEND IT TO YOUR WILL

Men's Health (Australia) - - Trainer -

LOOSEN UP

I’ve done 39 marathons and five ul­tra-marathons. When I took up yoga seven years ago I was wak­ing up like the tin man. The dif­fer­ence in my flex­i­bil­ity be­tween then and now is chalk and cheese.

SUB­TLE TIPS

A lot of guys pre­fer to do yoga at home be­cause they’re sheep­ish about how rigid they are. My ad­vice: prac­tise with a yogi. Two War­rior poses can look the same, but only one is hit­ting the right mus­cles.

FLEX & FLEX­I­BIL­ITY

You’ll get im­prove­ments in the weights room af­ter a few months on the mat. I now have a deeper squat and a freer bench press. The re­sult: more mus­cle.

HURTS SO GOOD

Yoga builds men­tal tough­ness the same as run­ning and weights do. Can you get up that steep in­cline? Can you squeeze out that ex­tra rep? Sim­i­larly, yoga be­gins when you want to stop. There’ll be times mid-pose when you’ll think, I’ve had enough! Breathe through it. The re­wards will come.

BREAK FREE

Yoga will make you a bet­ter run­ner by loos­en­ing your hips. Where my stride length had been short, I’m now get­ting an ex­tra 15 per cent each stride with the same out­put. I’ve sliced 13 min­utes off my marathon PB.

STRIKE A POSE

Still want to take this jour­ney by your­self? Here are my four best yoga poses for men. Up­ward Dog. Down­ward Dog. Stand­ing For­ward Bend. Cat Cow.

IN FOR RE­PAIR

My weekly split is 4 x run, 3 x strength, 2 x yoga, 2 x in­frared sauna, 1 x flota­tion. That’s five re­cov­ery ses­sions, whereas when I was 20 I might have done one a month. If I could go back in time, that’s what I’d change. I used to think more was bet­ter when it came to hard train­ing, but it’s not.

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