What is mobility training and do I need to do it? If you think so, then you are just like me and many aspiring athletes. Even during my marathon training just like a usual runner I used to focus more on my running posture, speed and distance. And on days when I don’t use to run, my focus used to be on strength training and a bit of stretching.
So let first understand…
What is Mobility Training?
Mobility training improves your ability to move single or multiple joints through its range of motion. This enables your limbs to move in its full range of motions. Which eliminates the chances of injuries and imbalance. It improves your body posture while doing various types of exercise. Having a proper body balance avoids various injuries and also improves your athletic performance.
Mobility VS Flexibility
Well just to avoid confusion, mobility training and flexibility training are two different workouts. Unlike mobility flexibility is ability to lengthen your muscle or muscle groups passively through range of motion. Both are crucial for better performance.
Benefits of Including Mobility Training in your Regular Workouts
- Mobility exercise will give you calm feeling and will reduce stress.
- It opens up your joints and muscles which gets stiff due to strength and endurance training.
- Mobility exercise are generally low intensity exercise, which will give your body a break from usual intensive workout.
- These mobility workouts can also be done as warm up or cool down exercise while your regular intensive workouts.
- Sometimes your regular workout seems boring to you? Well incorporating this mobility exercise will bring a change and motivate you.
- Regularly doing mobility exercise will improve the movement of your body for long term.
- It reduces back pain, shoulder pain, joint pain etc.
How often should you train mobility?
If you want to achieve best results, mobility exercise should be done on regular basis. it should be included in you strength and speed training plans.
Overactive muscles can adversely affect your muscles movements and may lead to injuries if not lengthened periodically, especially during high intensive workouts like aerobics training.
If you want to have maximum benefit of mobility training, experts recommend to train for at least 5-6 days per week for 5 – 10 minutes each day. Primarily focusing on muscles which are tight.
Muscles which are more often tight are as follows. You need to always prirotize following muscles for better athletic performance.
- Hip Flexors
- Latissimus Dorsi (Large back muscle)
Mobility Training is equally important as strength and endurance training. Every athlete should focus on mobility to boost their performance. Let me know in the comment section what are your thoughts on mobility training.
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