What shapes are you trying to make?
This is the question I ask when discussing flexibility and mobility training with people.
Nick and I discuss this at length in the recent Athletic Development Podcast , essentially it’s all about the end point.
What mobility do you actually need for your activities?
The question is not “how do we fit more mobility in the programme? How do we get more stretching done? “
But neither is it “we don’t need to do all that stuff, our squats and lunges take care of it”.
Not the case I’m afraid.
Of course squats and lunges, and other movements are great for general flexibility and mobility.
No argument there.
But what about the activities you train for? Your sport?
No good being super mobile in deep squat and lunge positions. What about twisting? What about the SPECIFIC shapes you make?
This is the real question.
Start with the end in mind and work backwards.
What do you need (which shapes)? And where are you now.
Think about what you need to add into your programme to promote these adaptations, look at the rest of the programme, do you need to take anything out to make room? Then start doing.
Think, then do. In that order.
Don’t just add something in or dismiss it without the thought to accompany that decision.
And be mindful of becoming adapted rather than adaptable if you use the same modalities all of the time.
So what shapes do YOU need to make?
Think then do.
Don’t forget to check out the 2 workshops I put out this week for the autumn term with 2 leaders in the field.