“All humans should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves.” – Kelly Starrett
Do you feel tight or restricted? You should work on your mobility. Is it hard for you to get into certain position like the bottom of a squat or put a barbell over your head in a snatch position? You should probably work on your mobility.
Mobility is one of those things that often get overlooked and is not utilized as much as it should be. It’s not always the most fun, and at times can be pretty painful. Think about the last time you dug a lacrosse ball into your pec, or dug one into your scapula. That shit hurts. Which causes us to just push the mobility work to the lowest priority on task list. Working on your mobility will also take some time. It isn’t always a 30 second fix. Sure, you can achieve better range of motion after a minute or so using a resistance band or lacrosse ball. But, that’s not’s going to completely fix the issue or in the case of some of us, the issues.
I’ll use myself as an example. I’ve had some problems with my left shoulder. My external rotation was absolutely horrible. If somebody who knew nothing about fitness took a look at my shoulder they’d say, “Why does the left one look like that?” Basically, I had some issues. I knew what the issue was, I just wasn’t really sure how to fix it. It wasn’t until Dave Spitz from California Strength came to the gym and dropped some knowledge bombs on me that made me really come to terms with what was going on in my shoulder. My pec minor was tight which was causing my scapula to be pulled out of place and my sub scap was tacked down something fierce. My muscles weren’t any kind of supple. They were hard as a rock.
Over the last week or so, I’ve made it a priority every day to work on my issues. Guess what? I’m getting better! I’m not completely fixed yet. But, my range of motion has drastically improved. I feel loose and free. I haven’t felt this way in a long time. It feels amazing. I’m pretty much addicted to mobility at this point. I’m going to be “that guy” now. The guy who’s always working on mobility.
Don’t slack on your mobility work. You’ll feel like a new human being.
My favorite resource for all mobility needs is MobilityWOD. You can check out that site here: http://www.mobilitywod.com/
Workout of the Day
Three sets of:
A1. Dumbbell Walking Lunge – 20 steps
-Rest 60 seconds-
A2. Weighted Pull-Ups – 4-6 reps @ 2110
-Rest 60 seconds-
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
20 Push Press 65/45
30 Kettlebell Swings 53/35