[mobility is] a movement-based integrated full-body approach that addresses all the elements that limit movement and performance including short and tight muscles, soft tissue restriction, joint capsule restriction, motor control problems, joint range of motion dysfunction, and neural dynamic issues. In short, mobilization is a tool to globally address movement and performance problems.
Kelley Starrett | Mobility Wod
Basically, the point of mobility is to restore to your body the flexibility, joint-movement, and freedom it needs to perform a wide variety of complex movements at an optimal level. Working on your mobility will help you to alleviate pain, prevent injury, and increase your bodies ability to perform.
Member story: “Before joining CrossFit, I was an avid weightlifter and knew the importance of squats, but discovered that more often than not, the downsides outweighed the benefits. My lower back would tighten and hurt for days after a squat routine, not to mention my knees and hips. So for the most part, I cut squats out of my workout, performing them only once or a twice a month and trying to stretch through the pain that followed the subsequent days. After joining CrossFit, I discovered two things. First, my form was wrong. I was performing a high bar “half squat”, largely impart because my body was too tight get to lower and had to compensate in all sorts of strange ways. And second, I wasn’t doomed because of genetics (my family notoriously has tight hips and bad lower backs). In the past, I had tried to stretch out my hips and lower back, but nothing seemed to work. CrossFit introduced me to the idea that “stretching” and Mobility are not the same thing. The coaches taught me how to attack the short and tight muscles with a lacrosse ball, how to use bands to open up my hips, and how to perform various forms of exercises and dynamic stretches that would slowly workout the restrictions and dysfunctions in my body. In less than 4 months I went from a “half-squat” at 280lbs. followed by several days of tightness and pain, to performing a full low-bar Olympic squat at 350lbs completely pain free. I’m stronger than ever and my hips have never felt better. Mobility WODs are AWESOME.” — Dan Littauer
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