Best Yoga Poses to Do Before Working Out [Infographic]

Best Yoga Poses to Do Before Working Out [Infographic]

Authored by Audrey on August 29, 2019

Going to Jack City Fitness for your next training sesh? Don’t forget to warm up! We’re utilizing our favorite yoga poses to warm up for our days at the gym. Check out our handy guide for a few of our favorite ways to get the blood flowing, yoga style. [1] 

Best Yoga Poses to Do Before Working Out

Ready for your best workout yet? Why not take a page out of the book of your favorite yogis? Swap these poses for your regular warm-up routine and you’ll be surprised by how ready your body feels to hit the gym.

Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)[1][2]

Start your warm-up with this classic pose to get your blood flowing, your spine lengthened, and your body moving.

Begin this pose with your hands, knees and toes on the ground. Your arms should be straight and shoulder-width apart. Push your hips skywards, lifting up your knees and putting your weight onto your toes and hands. Engage your core and keep your arms straight, but legs can be bent.

Dolphin (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana)[3][4]

Beginning a workout with the Dolphin Pose will give your hams, calves, shoulders, and arches the stretch they need.

Begin the Dolphin on your elbows and knees, with your hands interlocked. Tuck your toes and lift your hips and knees away from the ground. Keep your head facing your mat.

Triangle (Trikonasana)[5][6][7]

Time to open up those hips and give your legs another stretch with the fundamental Triangle Pose.

Begin by planting yourself into a wide standing position on your mat, with your body rotated to the right and your right foot pointed out. Spread your arms so your wrists are above your feet, and pull your hip bone towards the right side— your right hand should hang down while your left hand extends skywards, creating one long line. Slowly reach your right hand towards your foot and grab your toe. Look up at your left fingers. Come up to the center and repeat on the left side.

Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana I)[8][9]

Give yourself another stretch and open up your chest and shoulders with Warrior 1, among the most fundamental and recognizable of all yoga poses.

Begin with a Mountain Pose (feet planted together, hands together and to the chest.) Step your left leg backward and bring your hands down to your hips. Bend your right knee and bring your left hip forward. Lift both arms upwards on an inhale. Hold. On an exhale, bring your arms back to your side and step back into Mountain Pose. Repeat on the other side.

Now that you’re a posing pro, it’s time to get moving! Your workout will thank you…and in turn, so will your body.

If these yoga poses have inspired you, there’s plenty more where that came from! Our team at Jack City Fitness is thrilled to announce that we now offer yoga classes as a part of our weekly class schedule. Come visit us today to learn the basics, hone your skills, or continue to fall in love with the practice, just like our talented instructor, Mackenzie.

Aside from fantastic yoga instruction, our state of the art fitness center offers 24/7 gym access, personal fitness and nutrition coaching, and even customizable online courses. We work with your needs, not the other way around—and we can’t wait to show you what we have to offer! [2] 


[1] https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/downward-facing-dog

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjJlzniDqKQ

[3] https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/dolphin-pose

[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9qEcTjmA78

[5] http://www.yogabasics.com/asana/triangle/

[6] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upFYlxZHif0

[7] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx1DpVzYpl4

[8] https://www.yogajournal.com/videos/warrior-i-pose

[9] https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/warrior-i-pose