Getting Mobile with Hot Yoga

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I’ve heard more than one Affiliate mention how important mobility is to CrossFit. And that could mean taking advantage of hot yoga.

Lifting weights and putting your body through rigorous workouts can be a lot on your members – both physically and mentally. After attending four CrossFit classes, I struggled getting out of bed last Friday morning. My arms and legs were stiff, and I didn’t want to laugh because of the strain it put on my abs.

Mobility is important to loosen all those tight muscles. And practicing mobility is more than just foam rolling after class. For example, on Saturday I survived my first hot yoga experience.

To grasp the depth of this, you must understand I’ve never done yoga in my life. I don’t count the time my friend rented a VHS tape from the library and we attempted to follow the poses in her living room.

Second, I’m the type of person who would pick a cold place to go for a vacation over a beach. Growing up in northern Michigan, I’d take snow over 95-degree weather any day. So putting me in a 115-degree room while doing strenuous exercise is not really my cup of tea.

But I decided to try hot yoga, if only because of peer pressure. And boy, did it loosen me up! Sure, the 115-degree heat almost killed me in the last 20 minutes, and I was nearly on the verge of leaving the room, yet I pushed through. I think the parallels I witnessed between yoga and CrossFit ­— you don’t mold your body to yoga, but like CrossFit, mold the moves to your body — were what kept me going.

Although I was wiped the rest of Saturday from hot yoga, I felt incredibly refreshed on Sunday. I felt loose and less sore. Sure, I’m rethinking the whole “hot” part of yoga, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be going to do yoga again to benefit my CrossFit training.

There’s more than one Affiliate out there that has a mobility/yoga class at their Box. I think it’s time for you to look into partnering with a yoga studio, adding a mobility class or getting one of your trainers certified in yoga to teach it at your gym.

The hardest part might just be getting members to see the benefit — I know it was for me. I’d suggest offering a free trial, as well as education during the class. My instructor on Saturday was well-versed in how the movements would benefit my body, and she helped the beginners feel comfortable throughout the entire 90-minute class.

View it as another way to help your members excel at CrossFit. If they are moving and feeling better, they will be sure to stay around longer.

Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at