I’ve been getting back to the gym to lose weight and get healthy. I have found I really enjoy yoga, would it be possible to do 3 one hour very intense power yoga classes a week instead of weight training? Or there is no substituting?
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yoga and lifting weights are not the same at all. this would be like asking if fruit could replace vegetables or the other way around. Don’t try to replace either disciplines with the other but do both of them. the lifting will make you stronger and the yoga will keep you limber. used together lifting and yoga form a great exercise routine for the week
For a woman, I would say yes (with assumption that you were not doing weights with intention/desire to bulk up*).
There are some muscle groups (example biceps) that almost no amount of power yoga will develop well.
But again, since most woman do not want well developed biceps, then no concern.
* Many woman avoid doing any weights, due to incorrect belief it will produce masculine looking muscles.
For majority of woman, that result is very unlikely, as women’s bodies do not have the high levels of muscle-developing testosterone as male bodies.
Most women would have to work twice as hard as a guy to achieve the same muscle bulk.