West Coast Strength Eugene | 2024

The Importance of Mobility Training

Mobility training benefits everyone, from the gym newbie to the experienced powerlifter. If you want to prevent injury, work out like a beast, and get those just-out-of-reach gains, consider incorporating mobility training into your workout routine.

What is mobility training?

Many people confuse simple stretching with mobility training. While mobility exercises involve stretching, it is so much more than stretching. Mobility training focuses on improving range of motion, flexibility, and overall mobility. When your body has more mobility, you’ll train harder, improve strength, and reduce the risk of injury.

Benefits of Mobility Training

Prevention > Treatment

If you’ve ever experienced a physical injury, you would know that part of you wishes you took measures to prevent it from happening. Living a healthy lifestyle is all about prevention. Eating healthy foods helps prevent illness; drinking water helps prevent dehydration; regular exercise helps prevent heart disease, and so on. Mobility training helps prevent aches, pains, injuries, joint deterioration, and more!

Helps sedentary employees

The pandemic significantly increased the number of people who work from home. The number of people who work remotely TRIPLED from 5.7% in 2019 to 17.9% in 2021. That number is now just over 27%, and experts expect over 36 million Americans will work from home by 2025! The data shows that MANY people will become more sedentary at their job, but that doesn’t mean your body has to suffer! Desk workers sit most of the work week, and even if you exercise regularly, the other 6+ hours of your day involve being sedentary. Adding mobility exercises, like this 10-minute routine by Julia Reppel, to your morning routine will significantly benefit you, and your back will thank you!

Increased performance

Incorporating mobility training into your workout routine will significantly improve your workout performance as it helps activate key muscles before your workout. Mobility exercises also help improve form and technique, increasing strength and power during exercise. When your body is fully mobile, you can better utilize your muscles and rock your workout!

Improved posture

Looking at you, sedentary workers! And those with glued eyes and necks craned down to their phones 24/7. Mobility training helps improve posture by increasing flexibility in stiff, tight muscles that affect your spine’s alignment. Do you ever find yourself slumped in your chair or chilling on the couch in a weird position? Stop that (because…ouch!) and add mobility exercises to your daily routine!

How to Do Mobility Exercises

Myofascial Release

Warm-up and activate your muscles before your workout with myofascial release. You could use a massage gun, a foam roller, or a tennis ball to massage specific areas. Doing this improves circulation, releases toxins, helps increase the range of motion, and reduces post-workout fatigue.

Dynamic Stretching

We all know how important stretching is before and after a workout, but how many of us do it? It’s tempting to jump into a workout cold, but simply dedicating FIVE minutes to dynamic stretching will significantly improve your performance and reduce the risk of injury. Dynamic stretching isn’t just sitting on a mat with your arm pulled across your chest; it involves active movements to move your muscles and joints through a full range of motion, such as butt kickers and leg swings. Check out this five-minute dynamic warmup by Kaleigh Cohen Strength.

Body Weight Exercises

Finish your mobility training with a brief set of bodyweight exercises. If you plan a lower-body workout, start with bodyweight air squats or glute bridges. If you’re planning upper-body training, start with some push-ups!

How do I Start?

We linked some helpful information and videos within this article for you to check out. Still, our excellent team here at WCS Eugene is full of experienced staff and qualified personal trainers that will help guide you through your workout and teach you about mobility training, stretching, and proper exercise posture. We offer TWO FREE personal training sessions to anyone willing to try it out; we promise you won’t regret it! 

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