Lift Weights? No, I Do Yoga.
As a yoga teacher AND a personal trainer, I have to say I take issue with some points in this article from MindBodyGreen. Number one, good strength training should not “isolate each muscle”, that is old school weight lifting and you don’t see a lot of that anymore (unless someone is literally training to be a bodybuilder.) A good strength program consists of compound, multi-joint movements like variations of squats, lunges, push-ups, and pull-ups. The addition of basic equipment like weights and medicine balls is important for challenging the body in order to see improvements in strength, physique, and especially important for women, bone density. And you will NOT “build the bulk of a serious lifter” by adding in a couple days of strength training, this is a complete myth—if you are challenging yourself with heavy enough weights, I hope you would see some great muscle tone start to emerge, but unless you are lifting hard 4+ days/week, “bulky” is not going to happen. And the fact that this woman saw more “[muscular] definition and a chiseled, leaner, longer physique” from only doing yoga is great for her, but that is attributable to her having a genetic predisposition to that “lean” body type.
I love me some yoga and wholeheartedly believe in its benefits, physical and mental. I also agree that your workout should be “something you look forward to”, but strength training does not equal brushing elbows with sweaty ogling men in the weight room—for me, there is nothing as fun and empowering as rocking out some tabata sets of burpees and maybe some pull-ups at the park. Followed of course by a nice long savasana on a beach towel in the sunshine.
Love to hear your thoughts on the matter!!