This is for all you guys out there looking for exercise in all the wrong places. If you’re looking for a type of exercise that is focused on strength training, stretching, and improving the body, then “broga” is the place for you.
Broga is a type of exercise designed for men that combines the basis of yoga but specifically targets strength training, avoiding traditional yoga poses.
Basically, it is a type of yoga that allows men to get stronger without the intimidation of having a woman out do them. “Broga celebrates the physical over the spiritual, and strength over flexibility. Experts say it sets men free to flex tight hamstrings without hearing invocations to Hindu deities or feeling inept next to a woman twisted like a pretzel.”
Broga classes allow for men to have their “guy time” by being able to “set their yoga mats down and talk about upcoming NFL games.”
Men typically have tighter muscles than females because of their ability to gain muscle faster, making it more important to obtain flexibility and stretch out muscles. Broga allows for the focus on the male form, doing exercises that are particular issues in physicality that men face.
One man stated “that he had tried [traditional yoga], as part of a rigorous workout program marketed on TV, but didn’t like it.”
It was a common theme among the men that traditional yoga was too hard for them saying “That’s a rough introduction to yoga.” Along with the consensus that traditional yoga is too hard, most men feel uncomfortable practicing Hindu rituals, chanting, spirituality, and exercising around candles. They would rather focus on the physicality of the practice rather than the spiritual side of it.
Broga was created for many reasons but one of the most important reasons it was created was to ensure men felt comfortable and not threatened while practicing yoga. “I like yoga, but I hate taking it with women because it’s so intimidating. They’re so good at it.”
No one likes to feel embarrassed while exercising, especially if it’s something that you like to do. Feeling discouraged while doing something you love is a terrible feeling, even more so when it could threaten someone’s masculinity.
Overall, Broga is a cultural phenomenon that is expanding all over the United States. They even have their own websites and studios making it easier for men to get in shape in a way that is nontraditional to masculine culture. Broga is also changing the way society views masculinity and is a new opportunity for men to get in shape.