Something that 99% of us push to the side and don’t have time for but matters the most. I remember being a Junior College transfer at San Jose State playing my first year of College Football being introduced to my first Strength Coach Chris Holder (author of this article aka Strength and Conditioning god). I walked into the weight room with 6’0 215lbs looking and feeling like I was ready for war, little did I know… The first day we were evaluated on Strength, Speed and MOBILITY. When we tested doing various exercises I was very confident but when the word MOBILITY came out of his mouth I knew I was in deep trouble. He took us through various mobility
exercises and I was a fish out of water, I was stiff as a board. He looked at me and said “Kyle, you have to be one of the most stiff athletes I’ve seen, it’s incredible that you have not been injured yet”. While testing my mobility we went through a series of exercises and I knew that this was something I had been putting off my entire football career because I wasn’t GOOD at it. Let’s be honest here, majority of people don’t like doing what they’re not good at. At the end of my first day Coach Holder called me over and gave me benchmarks I needed to hit before he was going to allow me to even step foot on the weight room floor. To me this was the end of the world, finally at a Division 1 school playing football and able to use a state of the art facility with all the toys I had ever dreamed of. Lifting weights, sprinting, jumping were all things I lived for! So the next day I showed up to the weight room, it was full of energy, music was pumping, all of my new teammates were bonding, I was off to the side working on my MOBILITY….. pissed. As the week went on I was doing everything humanly possible to get more limber, foam rolling (which I had never done before), hip mobility exercises and whatever else I could do to get my ass on that weight room floor. Finally after about a week doing all of those dreadful, annoying, time consuming mobility exercises Coach Holder tested me and gave me the green light to go and workout with the team. What I learned after a week of training I realized that I had been doing this “training” thing all wrong for my entire career. I felt stronger, lighter on my feet, less pains and aches, more athletic and agile. From that point on I made it a non-negotiable aspect of my training. We tend to like to train, train, train because it feels good. Sweat dripping, endorphins rushing, blood pumping and your mind is right and ready to take on the world. So we beat up our bodies and hope to look good, feel good and play good but what we forget is to give our body the love it needs to continue training at that high level and that’s where I have learned where MOBILITY is a staple in any and all training programs. So go give your body some LOVE!