Bravo Barbell Shrugged – once again you have another good article to read. If working on your mobility is one of your greatest weaknesses (like me), here’s a sneak peak to an article I recommend taking a look at. You can see the full article here.
3 Principles for Better Mobility
A quick disclaimer before we begin – I’m not here to provide you with any new, fancy mobility techniques.
Trust me, I’d love to! And we do have a lot of helpful information to share with you soon. But for now, I’ll assume that you’ve encountered plenty of new ideas from all the Physical Therapists and programs out on the fitness scene. Instead, for now, I’d like to talk about how you can get better at coaching yourself and others into moving better, without limitations. And to achieve that you don’t need anything fancy or new.
Here are a few super-valuable, practical mobility lessons that I’ve learned during my years as a competitive athlete and coach:
- Take action and own your mobility.
- Ease in and be consistent with your efforts.
- Always practice proper mobility etiquette with fellow athletes.
1. Take action and own your mobility.
The first lesson is short and simple.
Most people wait until something hurts or gets injured before they take an interest in caring for their bodies. It’s human nature. I’m certainly guilty too. But there is a sure way to avoid potential mobility issues, unnecessary pain, and in the worst case, unplanned visits to the doctor’s office.
Get a proper assessment before you start adding in random mobility movements! Of course you don’t have to get assessed by someone live and in person. There are a ton of products and programs out there that can help you self-assess and identify movement flaws. Again, the key is simply taking action and start gathering experience. Educate yourself and learn about your own body. Pick up only the most basic tools to start, and then work them daily, with intent.
2. Ease in and be consistent.
As a beginner it’s a terrible idea to hit the gym once a week, trash yourself beyond the point of walking normally, and then repeat 7 days later. It just doesn’t make any sense.
The same perspective can be applied to mobility work. Try to approach it consistently and periodically. Start with the minimum effective dose or work, and then add a little bit more each week. Not only is this a far safer strategy, but it also allows for growth and tissue changes that actually last.
If there’s something you need to improve, work at it simply and consistently. Track your efforts so you know how much work you’re actually doing. And most importantly, keep hammering away until you’ve made real progress. There’s no rocket science required.
3. Practice proper mobility etiquette
Teaching is a funny thing. It’s a lot like telling jokes. You could have the biggest, juiciest nugget of advice for someone. However, if the information is not delivered well, or if your teammate is just not ready to hear it from you, then it won’t matter.
Before you go running around teaching everyone you know the gut smash stick ball trick you saw on YouTube, first make sure they’re ready to learn it, and that they trust you as a teacher and coach. And most importantly, don’t try to teach anything that you haven’t already owned and incorporated successfully into your training.
We all LOVE to learn about new mobility techniques and hacks, but without a core understanding and foundation of daily practice even the fanciest tools will be totally useless, maybe even harmful.
Train Hard, Train Smart