About a week ago I issued a mobility challenge to myself and whomever wanted to join in. The idea was to review every project video (all 365) on the MobilityWOD website. Yesterday, I completed the first week and can already see a huge improvement in my range of motion, and thrusting power in my squats.
The focus of these exercises is on mobilizing movements rather than muscles, with a bias on the tissues that may be limiting those movements. Not only have I noticed improvements in the gym, but I sit straighter at my desk, eliminated some left hip strain when on my bicycle, and am paying more attention to posture overall. Fantastic.
Years ago, in August of 2010, Kelly Starrett of San Francisco Crossfit started a little project he called MobilityWOD (a play on the CrossFit term WOD, meaning Workout of the Day). The idea was to post a full years worth (365) of video demonstrating simple mobility workouts and techniques so folks, from athletes to beginner fitness buffs, could address their “nasty tissues and grody joint mobility.”
MobilityWOD is the ultimate guide to resolving pain, preventing injury, and optimizing athletic performance. Humans have been evolving for 2.5 million years and the human body is extraordinarily engineered. While people are born with this incredible machine, they aren’t born with the right software to run that machine. The MobilityWOD is designed to help you hack your body’s mechanics and provide the tools to perform basic maintenance on yourself. —Kelly Starrett, DPT
Phy² – The Fundamentals of Health and Fitness.
In December of 2008 my yearning to aggregate my knowledge of, and passion for, health and fitness under a single banner (a brand, if you must), culminated with the fusing of two words into what I call physiometry.
The genesis of the word physiometry is fairly obvious: physiology (the study of function in living systems) + geometry (mathematics concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space); two areas of great importance and intrigue in my life being both a web developer and personal trainer.
I’ve always been a skinny guy. I can literally eat EVERYTHING and still somehow defy physics. Until now (presumably). The GOMAD diet, where I drink absurd amounts of whole milk to gain weight, is my ticket to fat camp.
I joke. Really, this is just an attempt to test this GOMAD theory: the faster I put on body weight, the faster I can convert that weight into muscle. So ultimately, the goal is Hercules, not Jolly Old Saint Nick. Continue reading