If we committed to spending 10-20 minutes a day on mobility, our range of motion will improve, our positions will improve, our technique improves, our ability to lift more weight improves, we get stronger, we get better.
Lack of mobility is something I see every day at the gym. It hinders good positions, proper technique, the ability to get stronger, and it often puts you at risk for injury. When I see members come to the gym 4-6 times a week busting their butts and pushing themselves day after day, week after week, I am certain of a few things: Your health matters to you, your level of fitness is important to you and you want to keep progressing. You want to be better.
When it is max out day and you aren’t hitting the weight you had hoped to, you get disappointed. I see the frustration and after time maybe you start to lose motivation. You feel as if you have hit your peak or a ceiling for what you are capable and it is short of what you want.
As a coach, when I see this, I see that LACK OF MOBILITY is the issue. When I see the frustration and the disappointment in your numbers or progression, I want to ask you: if something is so important to you, then why have you not spent any time on improving your mobility? Lack of mobility is what is limiting you from being able to snatch the weight you want to be able to, or clean the weight you want to be able to, or squat the weight that you want to be able to. If this is important to you, and clearly it is, why are we not spending the extra 10-30 minutes a day on mobility so we can put ourselves in a better position to achieve what we spend so much of our time and energy investing in? It’s like a softball player complaining about not being a good hitter and wanting to be better so they can earn a spot in the lineup. My first question to them is what are you doing to get better? The same question I would throw out to our members. When you are tight from this or that or not able to get the position you need to be in in order to do something correctly, my question to you is what are you doing to improve that?
Everyday there are pre-warmup mobility extras on the board. These are stretches that we wish we had time for but don’t that will help better prepare you bodies for the workout. If you can get to the gym 10-15 minutes early to warmup and do the extras and then do the mobility programed into the allocated warmup time, you will be better prepared for the mobility requirements of the day. Often I see members not warming up at all. Some of these same members often complain of tightness and/or lack mobility when we get into the workout. Need I point out the obvious?
Mobility and flexibility can also be worked on outside of the gym. Maybe your schedule doesn’t allow you to get to the gym early for mobility extras or let you stay later to spend time stretching. Make time elsewhere in your day to increase your range of motion. If we committed to spending 10-20 minutes a day on mobility, our range of motion will improve, our positions will improve, our technique improves, our ability to lift more weight improves, we get stronger, we get better.