Yoga ideal for agility, bodies like 'weapons'

Jaron Cumerford shows the blokes that yoga isn’t just for the ladies.
Jaron Cumerford shows the blokes that yoga isn’t just for the ladies. Georja Ryan

GIVE a man a dumbbell and he'll heave until his biceps bulge, but give him a yoga mat and watch him squirm.

A common misconception by the male species is that yoga is too easy, doesn't do anything and is just for girls.

Voyage Fitness club manager Jaron Cumerford was the first to admit this was entirely false and simply a cover-up for the real reason blokes usually opted out of a yoga class.

"For most guys, it's because the girls will be better at it than them so the main thing is intimidation," Mr Cumerford said.

He said it was the smart guys who participated in a yoga class or two each week.

"The guys that are training and want to become a weapon do yoga," he said.

He said those who were serious about their training would often do yoga as a recovery session because it could be as intense or as controlled as desired.

"It's not like a dance class - you go at your own pace and to your own ability," Mr Cumerford said.

"Yoga really is great for guys, especially if they play footy or other sport because it makes you more stable on the ground and improves flexibility so if you have to go for a big jump in footy, you can land a lot sturdier and can go higher."

Mr Cumerford recalled a conversation with his mother when she attended a Bikram Yoga class in Brisbane.

She told him there were a lot of intimidating men in the class, only to find out she had been training with the entire Broncos team.

It just goes to show that the real athletes and those who take their training seriously aren't afraid to join the limber ladies in a yoga class.

Warwick Redbacks player Alex Cutmore said he often went to yoga to improve his agility on the Aussie Rules field.

"Yoga is awesome - highly recommend it to anyone, especially sportspeople.

"Probably leave the tights at home though guys - shorts work fine."

Mr Cumerford had three words for any blokes who thought yoga was for pansies.

"Get over it," he said.

"The blokes that are doing yoga are the weapons.

"If you feel intimidated, sit up the back and they won't even see you."

If that's not what's keeping you back from heading to a class, fellas, perhaps the array of flexible women in tights is enough incentive to get you to a class?

Jaron Cumerford shows the blokes that yoga isn’t just for the ladies.
Jaron Cumerford shows the blokes that yoga isn’t just for the ladies.

Topics:  exercise gender yoga

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