It is much easier to get and maintain mobility than it is to lose it and get it back. That alone is the main factor that keeps me performing mobility drills on a daily basis. Mobility helps me stay strong and safe not only in the gym but in everyday activities as well.
The term “mobility” refers to the range of motion that you have access to on a given exercise/movement. Control of that range of motion is what mobility is all about. You may have the flexibility to get into certain positions, but if you don’t have the muscular strength/stability to control your body through these ranges, then we don’t have mobility. Be sure not to mistake joint “laxity” as mobility. Having too much laxity can cause instability at the joint, thus causing compensation or pain somewhere throughout the system.
Soft tissue work (ie…foam rolling or lacrosse ball) can help reduce stiffness to the targeted area. It’s a great way to warm up for a workout, finish a workout for muscle recovery but can be done anytime.
Breathing is very important as well! If you can breathe through ranges of motion then you “own” that position. Breathing can reduce bad stiffness and establish good stiffness. Slow down, take sufficient time when performing mobility exercises and be sure to breathe through the positions.
You don’t need much time, space or equipment to perform a good mobility routine. I set aside about 10 minutes each day to execute some mobility drills. The only pieces of equipment that I use are a lacrosse ball and a resistance band. If you don’t have access to any equipment then no worries, you can get a great mobility routine accomplished with just your body. Spend a little more time on the areas that need it the most. It can be easy to get lazy and only perform exercises that feel the best or that you’re good at.
Watch the video below as I walk you through some simple mobility exercises that would be appropriate for any level.
Do you know what areas you need to work on? Do you know what techniques to use? If the answer to either of these is no then reach out to me for a consultation. We can meet virtually to assess your needs. After your assessment, I can provide you with virtual training to get you started.
Virtual training is personalized to your needs, the equipment you have, and to help you meet your goals. LIVE sessions and template workouts with supporting videos are available.