by Terry Barga
Healthy, energetic, and challenging, Broga is steadily creeping its way into studios and gyms across the nation and changing the yoga game. Combining the best core-strengthening, muscle-toning, stress-reducing yoga postures with functional fitness exercises, Broga encourages men to push aside the stereotypes of yoga and get straight to the benefits.
Whether you’re just not up for trying something new or afraid of falling on your ass in a room full of women, avoiding the advantages of yoga will eventually leave you bitter and bent out of shape if you live an active lifestyle.
Enter Broga: a yoga class specifically geared for men. “There are a lot of yoga classes out there, but they’re more for the less active physique. What makes Broga so effective is that it’s designed to help the guy working hard in the gym 6-7 days a week stay injury free.” Here’s how.
We’re not afraid to admit yoga is hard, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking a few classes and accepting the challenge, Barney Stinson. Broga not only breaks the common idea that yoga should only be performed by women, but it also rejects the theory if you can’t touch your toes, you can’t do yoga. “Each class is as much a challenge as the next bench press rep, marathon or rock climbing competition.” And that’s the beauty of it.
I THOUGHT WE WERE SUPPOSED TO BE LISTENING TO ENYA?
311, Led Zeppelin, and The Black Keys aren’t your typical yoga studio artists. But you might hear them in a Broga class. “We get it. The rhythm of the rainforest isn’t going to make you feel manly while you’re performing a downward dog. But some alternative rock might help.”
PINPOINT PROBLEM AREAS
Tight muscles can be painful muscles. Research in the Journal of Pain found yoga to be an effective treatment for chronic neck pain, and it may even improve your quality of life. “With Broga, you’re working towards those problem areas that men deal with regularly like hamstrings and bound up pectoral muscles. Improvements that will help you in the gym, at home and at work.”
DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL THINGS
“Just like reading before bed might help you fall asleep faster, Broga helps you relax and can remove stress from your everyday demands.” Regular yoga helps to lower inflammatory compounds in your blood, which are associated with stress and aging, found research at Ohio State University.
BUILD MUSCLE AND STRENGTH WHILE IMPROVING FLEXIBILITY
Can that be true? “Broga is a great challenge for any strong man trying to get stronger.” You’re literally lifting your own weight by completing a routine of stretches and movements that rely on the push and pull between your own muscle groups. “Flexibility is really for every man. You’ll unlock strength from hidden muscles in just a few short weeks. All by adding in 2 hours a week of flexibility training like Broga.”
Broga can be the perfect, easy-going activity to incorporate if you’re looking to add a bit of active recovery to your day. “Strong muscles do more than look good. They also protect you from conditions like arthritis and back pain.”
Want to look better in your next suit? When you’re stronger and more flexible, your posture improves. And “with a stronger core, you’re more likely to sit and stand tall.” Broga also helps with posture awareness that helps you notice more quickly if you’re slouching or slumping, so you can adjust when you need to.
“Less spinal compression is something we all need more of. Broga is the flexibility training you need to help you gain the look you want from all that hard work. You’ll actually see a difference in your stance, not any small thing.”
“There aren’t any other workout programs claiming these advantages, let alone backing them up.”
“We see improvements made in our first classes at LFA!”