Mobility in the Weight Room: How to Lift Heavier and Stay Injury Free
Mobility training for weightlifting is the secret weapon that will protect you from injury, make your body feel great, and even help you bust through that plateau!
Incorporating mobility exercises from the GB training into your weight training program is an easy and effective way to significantly reduce your injury risk, while simultaneously increasing your strength. Regular strength training is, of course, great for the body, but also makes muscles very tight. If you are regularly working out and building strength but omit a mobilization routine, you’re sure to create too large of an imbalance between both strength and mobility.
When this imbalance grows too large then strength plateaus, or injuries, may occur. It’s a good thing it’s easy to counteract that tightness in your muscles with stretching, or mobility exercises found in the GymnasticBodies Online Courses.
Mobilize your Joints to Lift Heavier Weight
Typically when a weightlifter first begins a mobilization or stretching routine, they often feel immediate relief from nagging aches and pains. If you lift weights regularly, you’re sure to have tight muscles and imbalances. Not only do most lifters begin to instantly feel better, alleviating old, nagging aches and pains, but they also often achieve new PR’s, recover better, and are able to train harder.
When you are able to move through a greater range of motion, you will be able to get into better positions when lifting weights. For example, if you were to ask a gymnast to perform a barbell press overhead, they would have no problem raising their hands high and pressing the weight into a comfortable overhead position. This is because they have spent the time to stretch and strengthen their shoulders in that position.
Start developing impressive back and ankle mobility using our Fundamentals Course.
Many adults, however, don’t feel as comfortable raising their arms overhead due to a lack of shoulder mobility. If you aren’t consistently stretching and mobilizing, then you may lose range of motion and be unable to properly perform lifts. This increases injury risk and can even plateau your strength. Once you begin to mobilize your shoulders and other joints, however, it will feel effortless to get into better body positions, allowing you to focus on the workout.
Tip: Try these 2 tests to see if your shoulder mobility needs some attention.
Starting a Regular Mobility Routine
Are you wondering how to start a regular mobility routine?
The Fundamentals Course is a 30-day introductory program designed specifically to discover which areas in your body are tight or imbalanced. During that month, you will learn what areas of your body need the most attention. The Fundamentals Course will also teach you a Daily Limber, which can and should be used to combat tightness and stiffness in the body common to most adults. With the GymnasticBodies programs, mobility is always a high priority as many adult trainees, especially those who spend lots of time in the weight room, have very tight muscles.
Fundamentals is a great first step in beginning a regular mobility routine. You’re sure to feel and move better as well as see improvements in the weight room!
After you’ve learned more about what areas you’re especially tight in, you can begin using the GymnasticBodies Stretch Courses to further improve your mobility and flexibility. The GB Stretch Courses are specifically designed to promote active and passive range of motion, so you can train your body to move through a greater range.
“If the best in the world are stretching their asses off in order to get strong, why aren’t you?”
-Coach Christopher Sommer, Founder of GymnasticBodies
Incorporating weight lifting mobility training into your regimen will improve your lifts, prevent common weight room injuries, help you recover between weight training sessions, all while helping your body feel and move better!