Mobility training is quite the rage in the fitness world right now and for good reason; when performed optimally, it works. I can remember doing a type of mobility training beginning with my early youth playing soccer. At the time mobility training meant simply going through the big motions during warm up.
Arm circles, hip rotations, maybe some leg swings were all ways we got ready for the big game, but that was merely all they were, movements to prepare us for our current best level of ability. The mobility training I know today involves so much more. It makes us better at movement, improves our skills and even bring us out of pain or prevents pain all together.
As I recently dove deeper into the study of mobility training I realized movement can be both great and detrimental to one’s quality of movement. Years of sports, running, lifting and knee injuries made my hips tight by locking my adductors which was functional for the sports I was playing but also caused dull back pain and a poor squat pattern especially in ranges of motion where my body was not accustomed too. I realized I had to make some changes or I was on a slippery slope to more pain.
Over the last two years I am finally starting to feel better and I realize that the key to freeing up my aliments and bad movement patterns comes from more focused and proper movement of my joints and activation of my muscles.
Through the help of people like Ann and Chris Frederick of Stretch to Win and Dr. Andreo Spina I started to take a more serious look into ways to make mobility training both efficient and highly effective for my athletes and myself. In this article I am going explain three concepts that will take your mobility training to the next level and get the results you are looking for in a shorter amount of time.