Why Mobility Training is Important
Most people who work out are advised to stretch. What they don’t realize is that static stretching doesn’t provide lasting benefit. Instead, raise the level of your workout with active mobility training.
Intense training cycles with static exercises involving weights can cause stiffness and reduced range of motion (ROM). You can end up looking like a world-class bodybuilder, but your body may feel as if it’s in a steel case. It’s better to feel limber after your workout by building mobility into your program. Joints recover more efficiently when they aren’t consistently placed in the same position. Active mobility is taking a muscle or muscle group through a range of motion in a repeating manner. You will still continue to build muscle, as muscles generate internal tension and metabolic stress when they are put through a larger range of motion.
Trade Static for Active
Your mantra should be a strong core allows greater mobility. With a stable spine, pressure is taken off the hips and shoulders thus enabling them to move more freely.
The hip bone’s connected to the knee bone…
Focus should be on increasing your ROM at the ankles, hips, and thoracic spine. The ankle is important because a stiff ankle can cause all kinds of discomfort when you are walking, running, or playing sports. Similarly, restrictions in the hip can affect your knees and lower back. Thoracic spine limitations can impact shoulder mechanics, overhead mobility, and breathing.
To see three ways you might include some mobility exercises into your program, click here.
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