Mobility Matters

Last weekend was a busy one. My Mum was over for a visit on the very weekend I told her not to come as I was away all day Sunday teaching a workshop. But as usual, if you tell me mum not to come on a certain weekend, guess which weekend she’ll choose to come……?

Anyhow, the workshop

I love teaching workshops, they’re a chance to interact with people at a whole different level, they are set up for teaching and learning as opposed to my regular day duties of coaching.
Of course I always try to educate my clients as I coach them, but not everyone wants that, some just want to break a sweat, others are simply focussed on getting their desired outcome from the training.

A huge part of the weekends workout was about movement and trying to enhance it.

If we take a look at performance we have to recognise that it all starts by moving well, then adding all other attributes on top of that.

After all, if you can’t move freely, you’ll never move optimally.

This is where mobility training comes in.

It’s been a while since I wrote a monday mobility post, but i think I’ll have to get back on that.
But lets stop a moment and consider what mobility is and is not.

Everything we do involves moving. In fact all those muscles you work so hard to build are only there in the first place to move us.
If your training interferes with your movement quality, how useful is it really?

Strength is good
Flexibility is good
Combining them gives us mobility, this is better.

Whatever your training entails that day, start out by doing mobility work to warm up with.

In between sets, don’t sit idle, go through some low level movements, the type that don’t interfere with your recovery and maybe address something your program or your sport misses out.

After the session, do some of the thing your training for.
If you’re a martial artist, do some of your drills, or hit a bag.
If you’re a runner, run a bout, do some sprints.

It’s all well and good lifting weight, but we lift weight to get stronger so we can move with more speed and power. Very often people take up lifting and actually end up with poorer quality of movement than they started. They become “Gym Strong” but not real world strong.

In your gym session, focus on big, full body lifts. Use isolation lifts sparingly and only if absolutely necessary and move in between each set.

I’ll grant that this hasn’t been my best thought out blog post, but it’s a topic i’ve written a lot about on in the past and since taking the Anatomy in Motion courses has been brought back to the forefront of my mind.
In teaching the workshop over the weekend I got to work with people I don’t usually work with and get to see how their training has made them move.
So expect to hear more about mobility and movement over the next few weeks.

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Dave Hedges


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