Mobility training encompasses a range of different methods including:
-Stretching (Static, Dynamic, PNF, Loaded)
-Mobility / Movement Drills
-Soft Tissue Work
Some of these methods focus more on flexibility, while others focus on control and stability. For best results, incorporate a variety of methods into your training.
It is one thing to have range of motion around a joint available to you (Flexibility), but another to have strength and stability throughout that entire range (Mobility).
Improving your mobility will lead to:
-Improved movement quality
-Improved efficiency of movement
-Reduced risk of injury
-Increased longevity of training
Mobility needs to be trained consistently, over a long period of time, to produce great results. That is the most important consideration.
Rather than always doing your mobility training before you train, it is best dispersed at different times throughout your day/week.
Dynamic stretching, mobility drills and activation exercises are best done before you exercise.
Static Stretching, foam rolling and other soft tissue work is best done on rest days, or post training in a relaxed state, preferably at night before going to bed.
Mobility training can be done anywhere. Some of it requires basic equipment, so having access to that equipment may be necessary sometimes, but there are many things you can do with minimal to no equipment.
You can work on your mobility at the gym before you train, in the park before you run, in the shower before work, in your bedroom before you sleep. Once again consistency is key, and variety and progress will help keep you motivated.
Everyone who wants the benefits listed above. Even those individuals with more than enough flexibility, will benefit from activation exercises and movement drills where control and stability is the main focus.
Anyone from your professional athlete to your everyday crossfitter to a sedentary office worker is going to benefit from improving their mobility.
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