Do you usually skip the ROM WOD on Thursdays? You may want to think twice…
Cardiorespiratory endurance. Stamina. Strength. Flexibility. Power. Speed. Coordination. Agility. Balance. Accuracy. Heard of these before? Many may remember this list of general physical preparedness components from your foundations class. These components are widely accepted by many types of fitness and sports (CrossFit included) as essential goals for healthy movement. If one component is lacking significantly, all other components will have suboptimal performance. Often time fitness and performance goals are more centered on endurance, power and speed, therefore, more time is spent in these realms. Goals related to mobility and flexibility tend to be perceived as secondary in nature. However, maybe you should reconsider your priorities.
- Mobility before stability (and stability before strength and strength before power/speed).
Movement should be considered by the pyramid listed below. If an athlete lacks appropriate mobility, he/she is unable to create the proper biomechanics set up for gaining strength. An athlete, who has a subpar platform of strength, will not be able to potentiate his or her power and strength. Regardless, the foundation of movement should be proficient mobility.
- Rest day activity
When working at high intensities our bodies undergo many changes at the muscular, skeletal, neurologic and hormonal level. Repeatedly stressing these systems without adequate rest diminishes the body’s ability to recovery and ultimately make health and fitness changes. By scheduling in a “rest” day activity dedicated to mobility, you are hitting two birds with one stone: making gains to these crucial fitness component AND gives your body the opportunity to adequately recover.
- Move well then move often.
No matter how old or young you are, you are getting older. As we age our musculoskeletal system becomes more stiffened and less pliable to change. The more emphasis and importance we place on moving well, with good mobility, the longer we can keep doing the things we love (running, hiking, skiing, playing with kids, CrossFit etc.). Making mobility a priority is preserving your body’s ability to continue leading a healthy and happy lifestyle.
This list is by no means inclusive of the importance of working towards a solid foundation of mobility. Continually assess your status in all components of general physical preparedness and set realistic goals to have a more balanced system.
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