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Why Daily Mobility Might Be the Most Important Part of CrossFit!

At the first thought of CrossFit, images of grueling workouts, heavy lifts, and super sweaty cardio sessions probably come to mind. While strength and endurance are both essential components, there’s another crucial aspect that is very much underrated, and often overlooked: MOBILITY.

Daily mobility work could very well be THE most important part of your whole CrossFit routine. And whilst many people do know this, not many are actually practicing it! If I had a dollar for every time a CrossFitter told me that they had as much mobility as a tree, I would be well on my way to buying my first Lambo!

Nevertheless, it is imperative and necessary, and just in case you were wondering – here’s why:

1. Enhanced Performance

Mobility sets the foundation for efficient movement. By improving your range of motion, you enable your body to perform any exercise with better form and technique. This not only helps in achieving full depth in big compound movements, such as squats and overhead presses, but also allows for smoother, more controlled actions.

2. Injury Prevention

CrossFit is demanding, and the risk of injury is always present. But did you know, one of the main causes of injuries is quite simply due to poor mobility? Tight muscles and stiff joints can lead to improper form and compensatory movements, which increases the likelihood of strains and sprains, among other things. Regular mobility exercises keep your joints and muscles flexible, helping to maintain proper alignment and thus reduce the risk of injuring yourself.

3. Faster Recovery

Recovery is a critical component of any fitness regimen, and mobility work can significantly help in assisting this. Stretching and mobilizing muscles after workouts helps reduce muscle soreness and stiffness. It promotes blood flow to the muscles, which in turn accelerates the healing process and prepares your body for future challenges ahead. Therefore, by incorporating a daily mobility routine, you are ensured a faster recovery that keeps you more consistent with your training.

4. Longevity in Training

CrossFit athletes are famous for pushing their bodies to the absolute limit. This can be admirable for sure, but over time can lead to wear and tear, if not managed properly. Regular mobility work helps maintain the health of your muscles and joints, ensuring you can continue training at high intensities for years to come. So not only does it help improve the current state of your performance, but it’s an investment in your long-term athletic health and longevity.

5. Improved Functional Fitness

One of the goals of CrossFit is to improve functional fitness, i.e. the ability to perform everyday activities with ease. Think about how many times a day you may need to pick up something heavy, or lift something overhead – well now you know the real importance of Deadlifts and Presses! Good mobility enhances your ability to move naturally and efficiently throughout daily life, making all tasks easier and less strenuous on your body.

Now that we know exactly why Mobility is so important, why are we not prioritizing it?? A common excuse for this, which I hear more than anything else, is quite simply the busyness of life. When it comes to doing the extra stuff like accessory work, mobility, technique practice, etc., there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day, let alone the 1 hour you may have been able to afford yourself to get to the gym for a class. But what if you just stayed for an extra five or ten minutes? It would add up to being several hours of extra practice in just a few short weeks. The next problem to then overcome is not knowing how to spend that precious extra time.

So allow me to give you some guidance! Here is a super simple but effective routine which you can perform every day, or even three times a week (at the very least), either at the gym or in the comfort of your own home (the instructional video can be found at the end of the post):

Exercise 1: Cat Cow (60 seconds)

Exercise 2: World’s Greatest Stretch (30 seconds per side)

Exercise 3: Asian Squat (30 seconds hold, 30 seconds rock side to side)

Exercise 4: Half Kneeling Thoracic Rotations (30 seconds)

Exercise 5: Wall Slides

By incorporating a few minutes of mobility exercises such as these, into your daily routine, you invest in your body’s ability to perform at its best, both in the gym and in everyday life. Embrace mobility as a cornerstone of your CrossFit training and experience the amazing benefits it can bring to your overall fitness journey!

If you would like to know more about how to improve your mobility, or perhaps have specific areas of concern, reach out to one of the coaches, we are always available to help. Happy Mobilizing!