MOBILITY DRILLS = MAGIC?
Mobility exercises are drills are designed to give you capacity to do something RIGHT NOW. For instance if you are having a squat session, you can quickly stretch your hips to make up for their tightness.
MOBILITY DRILLS in a sense are like MAGIC. They can instantly give you a range of motion that you don’t always have. To me it is pretty AWESOME that we have this ability to create quick changes.
BUT…….like MAGIC, it isn’t real.
While it definitely can help you escape a few workouts without injury, the fact we NEED to spend so much time doing mobility is probably not a good thing.
In fact, most people I work with don’t get hurt in the gym. It is the time they bend over to pick a pillow and their back goes out or the time they reach to the back seat for their purse, that does their shoulder in.
It isn’t that pillow or the purse weighed more than their barbell. I think I can give you a couple of reasons why people get hurt outside the gym:
- In the gym, most people are very conscious of what they do. We can sometimes over-ride muscle imbalances and alignment issues by being very conscious of how we set ourselves up and move.
- In the gym, we do some mobility and movement prep before we workout because we can often feel that we don’t move well in one direction versus another.
BOTTOM-LINE: Most of us know that we have alignment issues and muscle imbalances that need to be addressed. It is on our mind when we are about to do something physically stressful (HINT: crossfit, power lift, Olympic lift, run, etc.) but not so much when we aren’t. Even the small things can do us in when bones are out of place and muscles are the wrong lengths.
CORRECTIVE EXERCISE is a process that creates PERMANENT changes that are based on your limitations or weaknesses.
Think of it as a quick fix versus daily maintenance.
EVERY GOAL REALLY DESERVES A PLAN
Going from living with pain to high levels of performance is really no different.
Here are the first six steps of the CORRECTIVE EXERCISE PROCESS (SIMPLIFIED):
1. put your bones where they belong
2. massage chronic tightness
3. break up knots
4. stretch tight muscles
5. re-position joints that are out of place
6. teach the body to move again