Ask The Trainer:"Why should we do mobility exercises?"
Jun 10, 2019
Christian Agudelo, ACSM - CPT
Mobility training can improve the range of motion of our joints and muscles. It can assist in improving our posture. Mobility training can alleviate everyday aches and pains as well as improve our body awareness. Mobility training can be used as part of your warm-up for your workout, or you can use it within your training in the form of active rest. The exercises can also be used to recover from other forms of training.
Nikki Davis, ACE- CPT
Mobility exercises are crucial because they improve the range around a joint like your hip or shoulder to its greatest potential before being restricted by the surrounding tissue and muscles. During strength training our body is demanded to move in multiple planes of motion forward, backward, side to side. Rather than just running or walking before resistance training which is often done in one plane and with little range it is important to include mobility work before. Mobility training will help improve posture, it trains the correct joints to be mobile like the thoracic or mid back, and hip joint while training the other joints in the lumbar to be stable. The body will avoid muscular imbalances, will not need to compensate in advanced exercises but will operate more unified.
Earvin Bahena, NSCA - CSCS
Incorporating mobility exercises into clients workout plans is essential. A new client beginning a workout program needs to have the proper body movements and mobility to ensure they do not get hurt while doing an exercise. This is where mobility comes into play. When you go through mobility exercises they increase your blood flow to the area you are working on while also mobilizing the joints. This helps get those muscles ready for whatever strength exercise comes next. While it might seem tedious to focus your time on smaller muscles, you will reap the benefits in the end. We all experience aches, pains and tightness in our body and doing some mobility exercises can help combat that.
Spencer O'Neil, NASM- CPT
Incorporating mobility is incredibly important when starting a training program because it allows us to get the full benefits of our exercises. When our body can move the way is what designed to with relative ease it allows us to recruit the right muscles to be adequately work. When we can move through multiple planes of movements properly and pain free it drastically decreases our chance of injury. Another benefit of mobility work is to help loosen up and relieve soreness after a workout. Mobility work usually consists of dynamic movements to help loosen up the body. Starting a workout with some mobility work is a great way to make sure you stay loose and prepared for a workout. Incorporating a few mobility exercises during a workout is a great way to actively rest. Shoulder mobility and T-Spine mobility exercises are ones I try to incorporate the most and tend keep me moving relatively pain free.