Lots of people say they have it easy, but being a top is hard work. Think of all that hip action—at top speed and (if you’re doing it right) in some of the most precarious positions. It can be exhausting, and you don’t want to be huffing and puffing after a few minutes. (Or maybe you do—but not because you’ve petered out too soon.) To stay on your a-game, you’ve got to build your strength, flexibility and endurance so you keep strong, therefore keeping him happy.
To aid you on this journey to better topping, I’ve laid out five yoga poses to incorporate into your weekly workout routine that will help you hone the physical tools you need you need for mind-blowing romps in the hay. The reigning Mr. Gay Philadelphia, Lou Cutler, demonstrates in the slideshow below. (You’re welcome, bottoms.)
Anjaneyasna: Crescent Lunge
For tops, this asana is everything. It strengthens the quads and glutes, which are key to hip-thrusting. It expands the chest and lungs, allowing for better oxygen intake. And it helps develop stamina and endurance in the thighs, so you can keep going and going and going. (Again, you're welcome, bottoms.)
Chaturanga: Low Push Up
Tops need strong arms and core. After all, they have to hold themselves up for what every bottom hopes is an extended period of time. This asana develops strength in the arms, shoulders and legs. It has a very stabilizing affect on the core, too.
This one builds strength in the hip flexors so you can keep your hips swaying. Camel also builds strength in the shoulders, upper back, thighs and arms. It expands the chest capacity for great oxygen intake to help fuel longer, more-fulfilling sessions.
Purvottanasana: Upward Plank
If the top somehow ends up on the bottom, this asana will make sure he can get the job done from underneath. This helps to strengthen the triceps and legs to keep you going without fatigue.
Virabhadrasana II: Warrior II
This asana stretches out the legs, hips, chest and shoulders. It increases stamina and improves balance for when you feel like doing it standing up.
Versatile? Thought so. We have some poses for better bottoming, too. Find that here.