Broga for Bros

Image Credit: Borealis Yoga
Image Credit: Borealis Yoga
Image credit: Broga website

Hey bro, where’s your yoga mat?

“Where it’s okay if you can’t touch your toes.” This line undoubtedly grabs the attention of men checking out the Broga website. Men are not known for their flexibility and their willingness to sit cross-legged in a yoga class full of women in spandex chanting. Yoga is known to increase core strength, improve flexibility and ease stress, but it is typically the domain of women. On Saturday, April 25, 2015 a daytime yoga class at XSport Fitness in Alexandria, Virginia assembled with sixteen women and 2 men.

Two fitness minded men, Robert Sidoti and Adam O’Neill, understand the need for men to feel comfortable in a fitness class and developed the idea for Broga. Their website says Broga’s mission “is to offer men real tools for coping with daily stresses and demands through an accessible yoga-based fitness program taught from a man’s point of view. Broga is for every “body,” from the beginner yogi to the professional athlete.”

O’Neill told me a number of subtle things differentiate Broga from other types of classes, like “type of cuing/language used, instructor attitude, “vibe”, more masculine music, etc.”  O’Neill says the most significant difference is that “Broga combines yoga with functional strength training exercises and intense cardio bursts, something you won’t find in any other yoga-fitness format.”

Although broga is geared towards men, women are welcome to join the party. According to O’Neill, yoga classes in the U.S. are typically 85 percent female and Broga classes on average 85 percent male, but women are more than welcome and many both attend and teach classes.

I asked O’Neill, based in Massachusetts, when Broga will be coming to the Washington, D.C. area. He says, “There is a significant amount of interest in the D.C. area, so we hope to be there soon.”

Check out the link below for more information on Broga, a video and the 30 day challenge!

Broga® Yoga 30-day May Challenge – 2015!

We’re bringing it back!

Last year was a big success, so we’re dusting off the archives and bringing back the Broga 30-day video workout challenge through the month of May.

It’s totally FREE. All you’ve got to do is sign up and we’ll email you to a 8-12min workout every day.

Workouts feature Broga Creator & Co-Founder Robert Sidoti or a guest instructor. As you may know, Broga classes combine yoga, functional training, and intense cardio.

These are short videos, so each will focus on one of those three elements. Some will be mostly yoga, some will be mostly cardio or strength-focused.

The video quality is scrappy (no cinematography awards here), but content is fun, challenging, and gets the job done.

Once you’re signed up, be on the lookout for some great bonuses and prizes.

NOTE: Some of these exercises are are easy and some are very challenging. DO NOT hurt yourself. Make sure you get your doctor’s approval before engaging in any physical exercise, including these Broga workout videos.

Click the button below to sign up. We’ll see you at the challenge!

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