Pro-Athletes Do Yoga

by Megan on January 9, 2010

Yoga isn’t just for ladies guys – it’s a unisex practice that quite a few male pro-athletes have taken a shine to. Just because they are lithe on the mat, it doesn’t make them any less masculine or brawny on the field.

Basketball player LeBron James says yoga keeps him healthy, and he’s even become so good that he can do a full headstand, all 6ft 8 inch of him! Another legendary NBA player, Shaquille O’Neal, also doesn’t think he’s too big for the eastern exercise as well as tennis star Andy Murray.

Sometimes an entire team gets involved in the action. The NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles have had Baron Baptiste, a yoga guru, as part of their staff for 4 years now.

In the video above, check out NHL and US Olympic goalkeeper Tim Thomas working a few poses with his instructor. The 35-year-old may be nicknamed The Tank, but he says yoga keeps him flexible.

“My first session with Dana [Edison, his trainer], I had no idea what I was getting myself into,” he says. “I was sweating within the first 5 minutes; I didn’t know how I was going to make it through it the rest of the hour.”

Celeb Diet Doc
Yoga is not going to go over well with six pack Joe, but yoga gives you a great workout and is deceptively difficult. Ok, it’s time to get back to the man cave.

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