Strength Training Q&A: Why Toe Yoga?

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

Question: Please tell us more about "toe yoga." I've never seen or done this before, but I liked the new challenge. Besides coordination, is this also to strengthen the arches/bottom of feet?

Answer from Coach Menachem Brodie:

There are lots of reasons for the toe yoga! Here are some of them:

  • Mind muscle connection to the many muscles at the lower leg that usually just go along for the ride, as opposed to work as they could

  • Improved activation of the pelvic floor muscles

  • Improved spacing between the bones of the foot

  • Improved fascial movement (and thus better storage of energy in the fascial system for more free spring energy)

  • Improved proprioception

  • Can significantly aid balance and stability....which you'll need for upcoming exercises

There are a few others, but these are the main points to know.

BUT DO NOT OVERDO IT! If you'd like to add another set of 3*30 sec later in the day, you can, but spending too much time doing this exercise can lead to inflammation of the small muscles and fascia. Less is more. Let the effects take place slowly over town so the tissues have time to adapt!

You may find it helpful to listen to this week's episode of my podcast (also below), where Selene Yeager and I speak about the connection the feet have to the body and more gravelly stuff. If you've grabbed your spot for our very own Rebecca Rusch's RPI events next year, this episode is a double win, because we talk gravel!

Click here to read the full conversation in the Facebook group.

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