weightlifting stretching

Stretching for Olympic Weightlifting – Mobility is power!

Mobility = POWER! If your body isn’t capable of getting in the right angles and positions, it will obstruct the natural trajectory of the barbell, which is STRAIGHT UP! In this article we will go through a set of stretching exercises that will improve your weightlifting. This set of stretching excercises is a “Swiss Army Knife” that every lifter should always have with them.

Lower Back and Core Workshop

Core and Lower Back. Strength & Mobility Workshop.

Core and Lower Back.  Strength & Mobility Workshop.  Lower back can be very painful and it’s very challenging to treat.   Saturday June 9, 2018 @ 11:00-1:00PM .  Methods and techniques for improving strength and mobility in the core lower back.  Alignment and Execution of Corrective Exercises and Stretches. Get Ticket

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Shoulder Injury and Rotator Cuff Exercises

Whether you have a shoulder injury like an impingement or need stability exercises for your rotator cuff, the key to helping you get better is strengthening the weakened muscle and mobilizing the relevant fascia.  Here are 10 amazing Shoulder Rotator Cuff Exercises and Stretches that you can do with your personal trainer.

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Fitness Assessment: Building Biomechanics for Weight Lifting

The Sand & Steel Fitness Assessment has been constantly developed and refined since we opened our doors in 2014.  We have done thousands of these fitness assessments over the course of five years.  Here’s what we’ve learned and how we use the Fitness Assessment to build client specific programs.

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MWOD Certification Review

MWOD Certification Review Movement & Mobility 101

The MWOD Certification Review by Paul on Movement & Mobility 101.  Kelly Starrett’s Movement & Mobility certification is my fifth certification in mobility.  Here’s my review of the certification, plus a list of new things I learned from the man himself, Kelly Starrett.

If you are a mobility and movement coach, the MWOD Movement and Mobility Certification is a must have. Yes, it will take some work to finish, but it will help you become a better personal trainer.  You will be able to take care of your athletes better and keep them moving safely for years to come.

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Mobility Training vs Personal Training vs Physical Therapy vs Massage vs Chiropractic Care

Mobility Training vs Personal Training vs Physical Therapy vs Massage vs Chiropractic Care  

Heard about Mobility Training?  Not really sure what it is, or whether it’s helpful for you?  Maybe you are considering seeing a physical therapist or a personal trainer?  This article compares Mobility Training to a number of different body mechanics specialties.

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Running Surfaces Turf, Street, Grass, Trails, Dirt

Trail Running vs. Street Running

This article compares running surfaces (such as trail running, street/road running, astroturf, grass, etc.) and examines the types of proper footwear to improve running performance.  This street running vs trail running article also discusses some of important musculature of the foot, and examines the kinds of injuries you can get from trail running and street running

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Mobility, Flexibility, Yoga, and Guided Partner Stretching

Mobility vs Flexibility vs Yoga vs Stretching

I am assuming you are already convinced on the importance of exercise.  And if you scroll down a bit, I will break down the differences between mobility, flexibility, yoga, and stretching in careful detail.  Without sufficient mobility you cannot be all that you wish to be.  This applies whether your chosen craft is golf, strength training, CrossFit, or endurance running.  You are not as efficient as a runner, you are more likely to get injured as a golfer, you are slower in CrossFit than you ought to be, and as a power lifter your recovery times are slower.

Mobility is critical for all sports and physical activities.  Period.

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Mobility and Flexibility

Sample Mobility Workout Template

How to Improve Mobility and Flexibility through Partner Stretching, PNF Stretching, M|WOD, and Yoga

Mobility helps improve range of motion of tight joints and muscles, and it helps stabilize and strength areas that have too much range.  This article demonstrates provides two example exercise routines for people needing additional range of motion in the hips, ankles, and thorasic spine.  Plus you’ll find numerous linked articles at the bottom covering all topics associated with stretching, stabilization, yoga, and mobility.

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Core Glutes Mobility Workout

Glutes Core Mobility Workout Zero2Fit

Glutes and Core Mobility WOD:

Brand new fascia release and strength WOD for our Zero2Fit Program.  Zero2Fit is our Mobility and Weight Loss Program that is designed for people that haven’t worked out in a while who need to lose weight and build range of motion.

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What is Mobility and Flexibility Training

Mobility, Corrective Exercises, and Range of Motion

How do we improve mobility?

  1. For range of motion we use flossing, joint distraction, and gapping.
  2. For Stability and Muscle Control: we use balance stabilizing tools, yoga, exercise tubing, and Cook bands.
  3. Fascial Release: we use the battle star, nova balls, lacrosse balls, and trigger point.
  4. Muscle activation and corrective exercises: we use isometric exercises and exercise bands to improve the mind muscle connection.
  5. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Stretching: to retrain the brain’s connection with muscle to improve the brain’s confidence and control over muscles with allows for improvement of flexibility.
  6. Partner Stretching: through using a coach to help stabilize and direct stretches, the athlete is able to improve the function the stretch and really mobilize the intended muscle and joint group.

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Levator Scapulae Exercises Stretches and Trigger Points

Levator Scapulae Exercises & Stretches

Levator Scapulae. A small muscle that causes big neck and shoulder pain. Learn how to test function, treat the pain, and build strength and flexibility.

Mobility and Muscle Therapy Range of Motion Flexibility Stretching

Mobility and Muscle Therapy

Mobility and Muscle Therapy builds durability and resistance to injury through mobilizing joints and improving range of motion. durability and resistance to injury through mobilizing joints and improving range of motion through advanced stretching techniques. Our mobility programs tests your flexibility in various positions, and we determine a mobility protocol for you to remobilize frozen joints and reduce pain in movement.

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