Tonight's workout wasn't about slamming weights and hitting PRs. No, it was the exercises and drills most people disregard including myself for the past nearly two damn years. It's the side of fitness that isn't "sexy." It's a hard sale because bros don't want to look stupid when doing these types of exercises.
I got this idea to write about from the lovely ladies @thelionessapproach . They have a great podcast and on episode 11 they discussed their own experiences with injuries and how to train with them. As athletes, let's be honest. At some point you are going to get injured. Whether you are training to compete in a weightlifting sport, a sport or just lift to be active, weekend marathon runner, etc., eventually some wrong lift you did or day where you ran through and injured leg will catch up to you. It certainly happened to me and now I'm dealing with a shitty scapula injury.
Everyday we are constantly looking down at our phones which is terrible for our spine and posture, having sedentary desk jobs doesn't help either. I totally understand we have limited time each week to even train, most of us are busy. We work full time, some of us have kids to attend to. Name a scenario. So our already limited time to train is imperative to make the most out of it. However foam rolling and mobility exercises are something we should all consider taking serious. It's about the long game and having longevity. Sure we feel great now but several months down the line you may not. Years from now that "text neck" is going to bite you in the ass then goodbye training.
A great resource for mobility exercises is Kelly Starrett @mobilitywod . You can find hundreds of youtube videos he's posted, and I highly recommend picking up The Supple Leopard by him. It is a tool box of knowledge and exercises to utilize.
The bottom line when incorporating these drills you will optimize your performance, decrease the likelihood of injury and be able to work out your own injuries. Tonight I just did about 45 minutes of mobility exercises Kelly's YouTube videos. Moving forward I am going to dedicate one day to strictly doing a mobility workout.