5/23/2020

dean pohlman's “yogan fitness for men”: a review

i've always been quite wary towards yoga. although attracted by the benefits it provides in terms of coordination, flexibility and balance, the sanskrit words and the incense-scented mystics it usually comes packed with have always been enough to turn me off. so i steered clear of it till when i understood that every form of training has something good that is worth trying and that can become precious for our general level of fitness.
i started hesitantly watching some power-yoga lessons on youtube, reading a few articles online and buying a “yoga for dummies” manual. got somehow hooked, so i decided to investigate more on the physical and non-meditative aspect of yoga workouts. after a few hours spent on amazon reading reviews, i bought Dean Pohlman's “yoga fitness for men”. Dean Pohlman is the man behind the well-known Man-Flow-Yoga brand.
since i read this book, yoga became part of my daily routine. i do a 15-30 minutes session right after my pre-breakfast workout, my ice bath and my hypoxic exercises. it's my stretching and relaxing ritual.
the book is divided in three sections, the first one (and the most lengthy) illustrates the single poses (or asana, if you like sanskrit), the second one is dedicated to workouts (putting the poses in sequence) while the third is focused on programs (scheduling the workouts of the previous sections though cycles of 12 or 16 days). honestly, i didn't try the workouts and the programs. what i've done with this book has been learning quite well the poses, practicing day by day with every single of them and exploring all the effects and the different stretches they can provide. once tried all of them in detail, i've chosen the most effective and useful for using them as a form of advanced stretching according to my needs (which means, according to the type of workout i've done previously). they're like tools that i use to fix the most stressed and sore parts of my body (except for the most demanding power yoga poses like the low plank and the scale pose, which i consider standalone bodyweight exercises and that i do as a part of my workouts).
so if you have an attitude similar to mine and you're looking for a non-mystic, no-nonsense introduction to yoga, this book is the way to go.