Mobility Stretching Exercises
Decrease Pain and Improve Performance
Mobility work, flexibility training, and stretching exercises are NOT fun! We all know this. It is boring, time-consuming and most of all PAINFUL!
However, making sure that your joints have enough mobility to feel good and perform well is vital for your strength. Just by taking a few minutes after each workout to help improve your flexibility with a few stretching exercises, can make a big difference!
A healthy joint/muscle must be both strong and flexible. If there is too much strength without flexibility then there is a higher potential for ligament, muscle, and joint tears. If there is too much flexibility without enough strength then the joint is unstable and has a higher potential for dislocation. Therefore, to maintain a high level of performance there must be strength and flexibility throughout the body.
Here is how Mobility should fit into your workouts:
First, the mobility before a training session is utilized to improve positioning and better prepare the muscles to perform at their highest level, through activation techniques.
However, if you have specific muscles that prevent you from getting into the proper position needed for optimal performance, then these muscles should be fully mobilized both before and after training with active stretching and massaging techniques.
Next, the time spent after a training session to mobilize should focus on, but not be limited too, the muscles used during the session just completed. If a joint or muscle has proper alignment and range of motion then do not focus on it. Instead, focus on mobilizing short and tight muscles to better improve range of motion.
Each post-training mobility technique should be utilized for a minimum of 2 minutes on each muscle to create lasting change.
Also, mobility can be replaced by yoga or any other activity that improves your body’s ability to move as intended without pain. Such as by rolling out your soft tissues. It is best to do your mobility work right after a training session. However, it can also be done on non-training days.
The goal is to get in at least 30-40 minutes of mobility work each week. This will improve your recovery, performance, and strength. Plus, that is just 10 minutes 3-4 times per week!
Check below for all of our Mobility Exercises!
How To Stretch Properly
Mobility work in the Mathias Method is utilized to increase joint range of motion through self-myofascial release techniques and active stretching.
No mobility technique is meant to be static, or passive. For each movement, find tension and work through it with controlled movements. Move in and out of tension and use contract-relax techniques to stretch even farther.
When moving into tight positions, do so slowly and hold the tight position for 2 seconds before moving slightly back out.
For contract-relax techniques, contract the muscle being stretched or the opposing muscles for approximately 5 seconds before relaxing deeper for 10 seconds.
Remember to always maintain safe joint positions and a safe environment. If you feel numbness, burning or tingling then stop and reset or move to a less intense stretching exercise.
Mobilize at least 2 minutes for each exercise to gain lasting change. Mobilize after each training session while your body is still warm for the greatest effects.
Joint Mobility Exercises
- Upper Calf Stretch
- Hamstring Stretch
- Quad Stretch
- Glute Stretches
- Rear Delt Stretch
- Rotator Cuff Mobility
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Learn how to decrease pain, improve performance and prevent injury with mobility stretching exercises specific to your workout!
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