Mobility is the combination of flexibility and stability. It is crucial in order to prevent injury. Athletes that practice mobility, practice staying healthy. Within any given range of movement, an athlete must maintain fluidity of motion (movement free of tightness or pain). If an athlete has difficulty with a range of motion (i.e. arm circles, lunges, bending, etc.) they will be at a higher risk of injury. They will need to improve their joint stability and strength within the specific movement. One of the best ways to become more mobile is to try static stretching paired with strength-focused isometric holds. For example an isometric goblet squat for 30 seconds followed by a hip-opening lunge stretch – like our lizard crawl. This workout repeated for 3 rounds would be an excellent way to build more mobility in the hip joints.
One way we have helped athletes develop their mobility is by incorporating routines as part of the warm-up, cool down, or in between sets during training. It is beneficial to include mobility as part of the training routine because it will not be seen as separate or “extra” work. This is a key component of what makes our routines unique and beneficial to all athletes. We prioritize mobility just as much, if not more, than all other aspects of training. With our balanced approach, athletes do not have to think about what to do, they just show up, stay consistent, and put an equal amount of focus and effort into every pillar of our program – mobility is a major key to unlocking athletic potential.