Welcome to The Weekly Roundup! This is a weekly segment that will feature great content you may have missed from this week. I’ll give you one piece of content to read, watch and listen to, and I’ll show you one exercise you need to try and one person you should follow on social media!
There are so many blogs, videos, podcasts, etc. out there, it’s tough to see them all and consume new info. Although I can’t see and share them all, this is my attempt to sharing quality info that I come across each week. Enjoy – and if you feel like sharing with your network, I wouldn’t hate that at all…
Are You Training Mobility or Just Mobilizing?
Written By: Frank Duffy
Published By: Eric Cressey
One Sentence Summary: A thought provoking article about the true meaning and methods of enhancing an athlete’s mobility long term.
In order to appreciate what true mobility training is, I think it’s important to first understand what it isn’t. Wrapping a band around a squat rack and stretching your upper back might feel great and improve passive flexibility when done for long enough periods of time, but improvements in active mobility will not be an outcome. This goes for practically any drill you see within a warm-up prior to a training program. I prescribe a lot of mobilization drills to our athletes where the primary intent is to get them feeling good for their training session. I love Split-Stance Kneeling Adductor Mobilizations, but I’m not going to sit here and say that – by themselves – they are a great way to improve long-term hip abduction mobility.
When training to improve joint mobility, the goal is to improve active range of motion. Mobility, just like any training stimulus (strength, power, muscular endurance, aerobic capacity, etc.) we’re looking to improve follows the same principles of progressive overload in order to elicit an adaptation. Connective tissue, whether it’s a muscle, tendon, ligament, capsule, or bone (to name a few), needs to be placed under mechanical stress to remodel the tissue being addressed.
SIMPLE but IMPORTANT tip on neck position during a deadlift. A lot of people cue “head up!” on squats and deadlifts so that the athlete can look up as they lift.
Guess what. You don’t have to move your whole head up to look up. If you do, that’s going to create a lot of unnecessary tension in the neck and upper back, which could create unwanted patterns along the kinetic chain.
You can simply LOOK UP with your eyes, and leave your spine in a neutral position. Here my buddy Zach Homol, who is insanely strong, gives a simple to digest tip on how you can look up while keeping a good spinal position.
Title: Client Q&A – Progressive Training and Nutrition For Long Term Success
Host: Bryan Krahn
I’ve wanted one of these Exxentric KBox thingamajiggs for a long time, but didn’t really know why I liked it so much. Well, Joel Seedman pretty much explained why, and more, in this product review he did for them. It’s always nice when you have a hunch solidified by someone way smarter than you.
Get the full review AND tons of exercises variations for the KBox here.
When it comes to pain-free high performance coaching, nobody does it better than my man, John Rusin. He’s definitely been one of my go-to guys for mentorship, guidance & content over the past few years. Rusin is a frequent contributor to T-Nation, STACK and his own website DrJohnRusin,com, which is packed with useful training info AND a brand new FREE 3-day training overhaul designed to help you increase mobility & strength while avoiding injury and self-sabotage!
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The bonus round won’t happen every week, but usually I’ll use this section to highlight some things going on in MY world. Here’s what went down this week…
Guest Submission by Scott Reid: What Do Hot & Cold Shock Proteins Do For Your Body
Contributed To: 8 Strength Coaches Recommend the Top Stretches for Athletes