But Is Your Mobility Even Useable?
So now that we have the rules of Flexibility I beg the question… But, why should I stretch?
We want something USEABLE. Something(s) that will transfer over in Real Life that we can use everyday.
What is “Useable Mobility”?
🔺️One, injury prevention. We want the stretching we perform to improve our strength in a range of motion. This stretch helps prevent injury. For example, what if you slip on some ice and needed to catch yourself or even drop a bit into a split:-O. Life (and our workouts) is unpredictable so we want to be strong everywhere. If we train and strength end ranges we have more margin for error in unpredictable situations.
🔺️Two, active range. While #1 is most important, because injuries suck and preventing them is legit, #2 is the active ability to enter into the stretch. We don’t want to have to rely on gravity or a partner to put us into the stretch. Because we live in a western world that caters to “non-active” range of motion i.e. sitting all time in chairs, cars, couches, etc… We need to counter-balance so that when we are active we get the most of our of body. Having active range unlocks the access to more of the strength, coordination and athleticism that we already have but is un-useable if locked up.
🔺️Three, strength in the stretch. As I mentioned last week in the rules, its not really that we lack flexibility its really about we are weak at end ranges. When we ‘strength train flexibility’ rather than ‘just stretching’ we get everything all at once; strength, full range of motion, anti-fragile joints and tendons, the whole sha-BANG! Full access and all useable.
Sounds like a plan to me! How about you?
In recap, we want to improve our injury prevention, active mobility, and have the strength to USE the mobility we have. This is how you get the kind of mobility that improves your performance, fixes pre-existing injuries or imbalances and paves the way for a stronger, healthier and more robust body! #cheers
The O-Board Says…
A. Front Squat
(from the floor)
B. 10 min AMRAP:
2 Squat Cleans 155/105#
20 Toe to Bar
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