How To Safely Gain More Flexibility
The everlasting battle between training for strength and mobility has left these two components divided. What if in this war between having strong muscles or mobile joints, there was a way to train both simultaneously?
In fact! These two integral components of Gymnastic Strength Training™ are not mutually exclusive. With the aid of weighted mobility exercises, you can end the battle between mobility and strength to develop the two in harmonizing concert.
You may be familiar with iconic gymnastic movements like the ever so popular Jefferson Curl (video below). This is just one of the many mobility drills from the GB Foundation Series that you can use to build a high-functioning physique.
For a long time, the secrets behind these invaluable training tools have been kept behind closed doors.
That is until now!
The cat is out of the bag! We are about to unveil the untold secrets behind the phenomenon known as weighted mobility.
What is Exactly is Weighted Mobility?
There is a lot of confusion about what “weighted” mobility actually is. And what constitutes an exercise as being weighted. Questions arise, like: Why weighted? And what’s the benefit over conventional methods of mobility training?
We will get to that later. First things first. We must first learn the basics.
Weighted mobility is unique in the way that you are using an external load to create a deeper stretch. But why would we want to do that? Wouldn’t regular stretches accomplish the same thing?
Well! If this were true then we would all be stretchy like Gumby! On the contrary! As adults, our bodies need more potent methods of mobility training as our muscles and joints have had far too much time to adapt to a sedentary lifestyle.
By adding weight to your GymnasticBodies Mobility you will undoubtedly make more progress than with conventional stretching alone. It’s time to spice up your workout routine with some good ol’ weighted mobility.
Why Weighted? Because The Body Craves It Like Candy
That’s a bold statement to make! But it’s true! Weighted mobility is like a sweet, delicious treat for your muscles and joints. So, treat yourself to the yummy deliciousness that weighted mobility has to offer.
Think about it! There is nothing more frustrating than spending hours on end stretching every muscle from head to toe. And, as a result of all your hard efforts, you earn mediocre improvements in flexibility at best. That’s where weighted mobility comes into action.
So, why do we add weight to our mobility training?
The muscles and connective tissues in our adult bodies are far too strong and far too tight, to respond to passive stretching alone. The thick and fibrous fascia, which covers the entirety of our bodies, simply needs a little extra push to release.
Think of weighted mobility as taking the express lane to greater improvements in active flexibility. By fatiguing those strong and tight muscles, you can help break up stubborn fascia and release this tension throughout your body.
Incorporating Weighted Mobility into Your Workouts
Now before you get all gung-ho about adding weighted mobility into your gymnastics workout plan, there are some precautions to take.
Remember! Improving your mobility is not a maximal endeavor. Remodeling your joints and connective tissue takes time.
Thus, increasing the weight on your favorite weighted mobility exercises, like the Jefferson Curl, will be a gradual effort performed over the course of several months. Needless to say, weighted mobility is essential to your success in GST, and is vital to the health of your joints and connective tissue.
As Coach Christopher Sommer would say, “If you are an adult and not doing weighted mobility, you are wasting your time.” His point is that your body thrives on weighted mobility exercises. And as an adult, you absolutely need it.
With your arsenal of GymnasticBodies Weighted Mobility in your bag of tricks, you are assured to win the ongoing battle against tight muscle and joint stiffness.