“How do I start my own #yearofstrongandbendy
?" My answer depends on your level of fitness and familiarity with yoga, weightlifting, and training principles, but let's assume you're new(ish) to fitness or returning to it after a long break.
1. IF YOU ONLY DO ONE THING: @tmacfitness
TMAC20 workouts. Todd incorporates yoga, bodyweight strength moves, AND cardio all in the same 20-minute workout; there's even a "Strong and Bendy" video featuring me! His beginner series videos are solid gold, but ALL videos are scaled to your level, designed to keep you safe and build strength. The instructors also offer lots of coaching cues along the way.
2. Find a good yoga class with a hands-on teacher. "Intro” or “Level 1" classes are ideal. You may have to hit a few classes/teachers before you find one you click with.
3. At home, try @lizette_pompa
's YouTube channel (with new workouts every week, many tailored to beginners and building strength), or @letsstartyoga
1.0 by @jessicaolie
, an e-book that teaches you basic postures and how to create your own flows.
4. Work with a trainer to learn basic strength moves like squatting, deadlifting, and pressing. This is good prep for going through a beginner's progression like Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength (book) on your own.
5. Look to Instagram for inspiration. @lizette_pompa
is my favorite, but I also love @alexzandrapeters
, who offers variations of more advanced poses using blocks, a strap, or the wall, and @marysia_do
, who gives full-length tutorials on many different postures.
6. For strength and mobilty, I love @moveu_official
, who offer fun (not always PG) tips for moving well, @strengthcoachtherapy
for his cool warm-up and activation drills (could be legit workouts all by themselves), and @dr.jacob.harden
for walking you through many common exercises. I will also do more with beginner scales for my flows!
If you have questions, I'll try to help; just remember, I'm not qualified to teach you how to exercise. Also, I have zero financial ties with any of these people, although I occasionally make @tmacfitness
buy me dinner.