Ok, I am rolling out a new feature of my blog for 2010. Each Tuesday I will put out a great little tip that you can use to help you get a better or more effective workout. You may wonder if the information is coming from a credible source. I hope that working in the fitness industry for over 12 years, having several group fitness, personal training, and coaching certifications, coaching for 6 years, and having racing experience will make me a credible source. With that being said, I rely heavily on other great coaches and trainers. I will pass along what I have learned from them and what experiences that I have had both good and bad with the methods that I have used.
Feel free to ask questions in the COMMENT section and I will answer back as best I can. You might bring up a question that someone else has about the topic I am posting about or you may prompt me to address you question in another Tuesday Training Tip. No question is a bad question.
So with that I give you Tuesday Training Tip #1!
Strive to have both mobility and stability in the body. Mobility refers not just to flexibility but also range of motion.
ROM: Range of Motion
Stability refers not only to strength but also balance. A person may be able to lace their fingers together behind their back but then only raise their arms up a few inches. Other people might be able to do 150 lbs. on the leg sled machine but they have trouble standing on one leg for more than 15 seconds. without putting the other foot down to keep from falling over.
Starting from the ground and going up...
- Work on ankle mobility
- Work on knee stability
- Work on hip mobility
- Work on lumbar spine (low back) stability
- Work on thoracic spine (mid back) mobility
- Work on shoulder stability
Over the next few weeks I will be highlighting some great mobility and stability exercise that you may want to add to your workouts. You may already be doing these exercises and thought that they were great and yet you did not even know that they were providing you with mobility and stability.
Have a great day!