Improve Your Mobility With These Movements
The worst thing you could do when you enter the gym is to go straight into your workout – and it’s exactly what most people do. Warming up by doing a few mobility exercises can greatly reduce the chances of an injury.
Working on your mobility can prime your joints and muscles for your workouts and facilitate your mind-muscle connection and pumps. In short, you should make performing the mobility movements an indispensable part of your warm-up ritual.
Shoulder Rotator Cuff Dumbbell Extensions
Your shoulder cuffs are a stiff muscle group and don’t have a lot of mobility. Not warming them up before a workout can lead to discomfort or an injury. Stand with a dumbbell in each hand and lock your elbows to your side. Bend your arms at the elbows so your lower arms are parallel to the floor.
While keeping your elbows pinned, slowly turn the dumbbells outwards as far as you can by moving at your forearms. Reverse the motion and turn the dumbbells inwards. Perform this exercise until you feel your shoulder joints have warmed up.
While there are hundreds of mobility and flexibility exercises out there, in this article, we’ll be focusing on the exercises you can do on your own. Foam rolling is a great way of loosening up your tense muscles.
It’s a form of self-myofascial massage which can be done for the majority of muscle groups. Foam rolling before a workout can help with mobility and can help speed up the recovery process when done after a workout.
Hip openers are a great exercise for people who have problem squatting. Stand upright with your hands placed on your sides. Raise your right leg so your upper leg is parallel to the floor while keeping your left foot planted on the floor.
Make a circle with your right knee by bringing it across your body, and then out to the side. Repeat for the recommended reps and switch to the left leg.
Shoulder Pass Throughs
Stand with your feet placed shoulder-width apart. Hold a broomstick overhead with a grip that is as wide as possible. Bring the broomstick behind your back as far as you can without bending at your elbows. Return to the starting position and bring the stick forward so it rests against your quads. Repeat for the recommended reps.
Low Lunge With Push Back
Start with placing both your hands on the floor and in a low-lunge position with your left foot in front. Bring the left foot back to meet the right, send hips high, and press your chest back while coming into a bent-knee downward dog position.
Shift forward, stepping the right foot forward to the outside of the right hand, coming into a low lunge on the other side. Then step the right foot back and return to the downward dog position.
Seated Toe Touch
Seated toe touch is one of the most common stretching exercises. Sit on the floor with an upright torso. Lean forward to touch your toes without lifting your hams off the floor by bending at your knees.
Start in a kneeling push-up position. While keeping your left arm on the floor, rotate your body to the right side while keeping your heels planted on the floor and thrust up with your back and glutes to form a bridge while extending your right arm overhead and to your left side. Return to the starting position and repeat with your left arm.
Stand beside a wall and place your right hand on the wall so your arm is perpendicular to the wall while your body is parallel to it. Rotate to your left while keeping your right arm stationary. Repeat with your left arm.
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