Mobility/flexibility is one of the most ignored aspects in fitness, and is also one of the main things that limit athletes. I have been asked so many times, “hey, I hurt my (blank) how can I stretch it out?” Hate to break it to you, but it’s a little late to “stretch it out” if it’s already injured. Here’s some reality for you- Our mobility pieces in the gym are meant to teach you how to mobilize. They should not be your sole source of mobility. Mobility should be done on your time before and after a workout, as well as at home. My personal preference is band and dynamic stretching before workouts, and rolling and smashing after a workout. Rolling out muscles before workouts does very little to prepare your body for fitness.
Mobility should be made a priority just like coming to a group class. 10-15 minutes a day will get you what you need. Not sure how to mobilize or what to do? There are so many resources such as, “GoWod” or “RomWod” or “Mobility WOD”. Even taking the stretches (static or dynamic) that we do in class will benefit you!
Nothing breaks a coach’s heart more than seeing an athlete with undeniable potential and strength, but can’t hold a front rack position. Or can’t squat to depth. Or can’t lock their arms out overhead. You will never find your true potential if your mobility is your limiting factor. Make your mobility a priority in your fitness and you will see great things.