Its Supple Leopard Time! – By Emilia Quezada

25 Oct

Kelly Starrett, the genius DPT behind, will be gracing Oahu with his presence in a couple weeks to teach the CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer Course. In honor of K-Star, I wanted to take the opportunity to remind everyone how important vigilant mobility work is to your development as a CrossFit athlete and to earning the title of Supple Leopard.

As someone that avoided mobility work at all cost for the first 5 years of my CrossFit training (gasp!), I can certainly attest to the fact that aside from training hard and eating right, consistent mobility work will, without a doubt, make the difference between a good athlete and a great one. Mobilization, rather than simply stretching (lengthening short, tight muscles) “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.”

What will I need to get started on my mobility journey?

You will only need a few items to be well on your way. K-Star recommends to at least get your hands on these items: (1) 3 lacrosse balls (2 of which will be taped together) and (2) a jump stretch band (which is like a gigantic rubber band – preferably in blue or green). In addition to these wonderful torture devices, I mean mobility tools, you might want to invest in The Stick, foam/rumble rollers, the TheraCane, or Trigger Point gear.

How do I incorporate mobility work into my CrossFit routine?

It’s pretty simple! Take 10-15 minutes before or after your workout, or at night while you watch Sons of Anarchy and dig in. Yes, it may be painful (most definitely, actually) and yes, it may be difficult to find the energy after training, but your hard work will pay off in dividends the next time you go to max out on your Snatch or PR on your Fran time. Now, get on, pick your poison and get at it!

Here’s one of my all-time favorite episodes. Enjoy!
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