Debbie Steingesser is a CrossFit Level 1, Powerlifting and Strongman trainer. She discovered CrossFit nearby in Medford, MA. Debbie is the author of YogiWOD.com, which specializes in yoga tips for CrossFitters. Also, she wrote the article “10 Reasons Why CrossFitters Should Practice Yoga,” published on the popular CrossFit blog, Tabata Times.
See an excerpt below:
For the past five months I’ve been teaching a regular Sunday yoga class at San Francisco CrossFit. After years of teaching in traditional yoga studio settings, this has been an exciting new challenge and a welcome change. I began training at SFCF in June of 2012 just after taking my first classes at CrossFit H20 in Medford, MA — owned by my best friends, Jaffney Roode and Benjamin Frank. I was instantly hooked on the intensity, speed, and explosive energy of CrossFit workouts. I quickly discovered that my background as a yoga practitioner provided me with the general mobility, positional awareness, focus, breath, and presence needed to stay on track with such a training program. CrossFit and yoga go together like fresh donuts and really good coffee, literally. Coffee, donuts, yoga, and CrossFit have become a regular occurrence on Sundays at SFCF.
Here are 10 reasons why I believe yoga can help you grow as an athlete, reach your goals, and continue to excel beyond your wildest expectations.
1) Yoga improves your range of motion and general mobility