What’s your typical pre-workout routine? Are you trapped in a habit of always working on the same areas when it comes to your mobility? Do you feel as though you won’t be able to workout if you don’t focus on those areas? If yes, then I have an interesting idea for you.
Mobility is being viewed more and more as binary. “I need to mash this ball into my psoas before I can clean.” “I need to roll out my glutes before I squat.” “I can’t even think about doing pull-ups without first voodoo flossing my shoulders.” It’s a 0 or 1 feeling. Either I’m mobile or I’m not.
I challenge you to think of mobility as a continuum. By continuum, I mean that it’s on a sliding scale. If it helps to think in numbers, then think 0 to 100. Your mobility will change day to day depending on the stressors of your life. But just like your deadlift numbers will go up with focus and hard work, so to can your mobility change overtime with attention and awareness. The problem with the binary view is that it almost completely eliminates perception and sensation. It turns something that should be observed with mindful attention into something more on the level of OCD. “I have to do 13 passes over my quads with the hardest roller before I’m ready to ________.”
I’m not saying that you should quit your mobility routine. On the contrary, my suggestion is to observe how you approach it. Don’t judge. Just observe. Make sure you’re making all your warm-up choices from a place of awareness, not neurosis.