Why Strength Training with Yoga Blocks is a Game-Changer

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You may think that the only way to level up your strength training is to lift a heavier set of weights or increase your reps. While it’s true that these are two tough options to challenge your body, sometimes the simplest changes (like trying 1.5 reps or adding a resistance band) are all you need to make progress. And in the last episode Coach of the Month Club, Nike trainer Tara Nicholas has proven that adding yoga blocks to your resistance training can unlock muscles you didn’t know existed.

This week’s workout is a 20-minute, moderate-intensity strength session that requires just a mat, a block and (if you’re feeling it) an extra-vibrant one-piece like the one Nicholas is sporting.

Throughout the workout, you’ll squeeze the block between your arms, legs, inner thighs, and even between your elbows and knees. You will feel its effects Immediately: The muscles you’re using to grip the block will be more engaged, and you may have more muscle awareness as you move from exercise to exercise.

This means that if you want to experience some of your tried and true fitness moves like you’re doing them for the first time. Even the warm-up, which involves simply gripping the block and lifting it above your head, will feel fresh for both your muscles and brain. Next, you’ll move into variations of glute bridges, bicycle crunches, and sumo squat crunches that incorporate this simple, affordable equipment.

Don’t worry: you’ll also get a well-deserved cool down at the end. So if you’re ready to sweat, go ahead and tune in to this week’s episode. If you don’t have a block, you can even take a thick book or something of that size and shape.

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