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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,496)
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2/14/13 2:18 P

Neither are an adequate substitute for regular strength training. They have their own benefits, but don't replace the benefits of ST.

THe problem is, if you can't do weight because of your shoulder, then you won't be able to do yoga, either; there are many poses that place a lot of strain on your shoulder.

My bet would be to talk to your doctor, and get a referral to a physiotherapist who can design a program around your injury, and ensure that you don't exacerbate it.

ORCHIDBLOSSOM Posts: 534
2/14/13 12:54 P

While yoga and pilates do improve strength, they are low-resistance. However with your injury, there aren't many any other alternatives. You could do lower-body exercises with machines, and possibly work your good side upper body with free weights. However I'd be hesitant to risk further injury.

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2/14/13 12:51 P

Unless you're talking serious power yoga, I tend to think of those activities more as stretching rather than strengthening. Yes, very advanced yogis and pilates practitioners have nice lean muscles, but I don't think that's the standard result for the average once-or-twice-a-week practitioner.

Considering your injury, I'd recommend consulting with a doctor and/or physical therapist to determine what types of strength training will be appropriate for you.

TYANDCARSMOM Posts: 57
2/14/13 11:52 A

I have been dealing with shoulder issue for a LONG time - finally getting an MRI end of this month.... and won't be surprised if surgery is required.

Mostly, I have been sticking with the treadmill & weekly aqua zumba as my form of workouts. And I know that ST is also important - but don't want to do weights bc of my shoulder. Will adding in pilates/yoga be enough?

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