Of the Ten General Characteristics of Fitness...
...Mobility/Flexibility has the greatest capacity to LIMIT the other nine. You know it's true. What are you doing about it? It doesn't matter who you are...Levi Leipheimer? Chris Spealler? It doesn't matter what your sport or goals may be, or your level of competition. You get ONE body and it has to get you through 80-100 years. That's a long time. What are you doing to maintain it?
One of the things I realized looking back at my training logs over the last few years was that I never invested enough time on body maintenance and keeping my muscles limber and UN-TACKED. With frequent flights to races and long drives this exacerbated my flexibility issues.
It is easy for an athlete to identify extraneous training time with a higher-volume program, where you spend perhaps 5-10+ of your 20-30+ weekly training hours just logging more saddle, pool, boat or trail time, but conversely the POSITIVE R.O.I from a mobility program takes very little time with guaranteed results.
Watch THIS video and re-evaluate the relationship of mobility, strength and any of the 10 SKILLS.
What I am doing about it is addressing my LACK of Mobility in 2011 as my NUMBER ONE PRIORITY...stretching after your workout? That's a D-. Twice per day? That's maybe a C. If you have a chronic or recurring issue the reality is a 5 times-per day commitment. In the shower...at work...relaxing after dinner. Make it a priority. If you're broken, or break often, make it THE Priority!
Over the weekend I joined 150 other sick twisted CrossFit athletes and trainers at CrossFit Invictus in San Diego for Kelly Starrett's Movement, Mobility & Maintenance Trainer Course.
A couple days before the Mobility cert, CrossFit Invictus hosted the Week 3 WOD competition for the 2011 CrossFit Games Open, which left athletes on the floor, completely destroyed by the short, intense workout.
On Saturday the scene was a bit different, with athletes ALSO on the ground in pain, but a different type of self-inflicted pain...using lacrosse balls and other medieval masochistic spherical elements to break up LAMINATED tissue all over our bodies.
There was one exception during the seminar: Before the end of the day, Navy SEAL Josh Bridges showed up to have his Week 3 WOD certified. Not much to say except he is a BAMF. But we already knew that: A VIDEO of Josh busting out a 2 minute FRAN only a few days after pinning on his SEAL Trident has been floating around since 2008.
From the Pre-Seminar Notes:
The course is about understanding the general theory behind identifying movement inefficiency and movement dysfunction. For example, if you have shoulder pain doing ring dips or muscle ups, you will learn the mechanism of injury, how to spot it in other athletes, and will have a toolbox of ways to treat the problem.
The course is designed to give each athlete a toolkit of ways to identify and address common movement problems on their own. To the extent you have a specific movement/mobility problem that is not addressed during the seminar, there will be plenty of time at the end of the day for questions.
To maximize time at the course, you will have a chance to apply the movement theories discussed in the morning to squatting and dead lifting during the lunch hour.
Coach Kelly Starrett founded San Francisco CrossFit in 2005 with his wife Juliet. Since opening its doors as one of the first 50 CrossFit affiliates, this athletic training center has become a prime coaching resource for coaches and athletes alike including reigning Olympians, national and world champions, triathletes, runners, and recreational athletes.
Kelly received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007 from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. Before starting his own physical therapy practice at San Francisco CrossFit, he practiced performance-based physical therapy at the world-renowned Stone Clinic. In current practice, Kelly continues to focus on performance-based Orthopedic Sports Medicine with and on returning athletes to elite level sport and performance.
His clients see exceptional results from his progressive blend of manual physical therapy and strength training.
Kelly's clients have included reigning Olympic gold-medalists world champions, world-class extreme skiers and X-Games medalists, professional dancers with Smuin, Sacramento Ballet Companies, elite military operators, and competitive age-division athletes.