"I really need help with my mobility and flexibility." - Says 8 out of 10 of our clients ever. 🤦🏼♂️ For many, a perceived lack of MOBILITY is actually an acute lack of STABILITY. 🚧
If you can achieve a full depth pole assisted Squat with a vertical trunk, but cannot achieve a full depth air squat or barbell squat without a change in depth and/or a change in torso positioning, it isn’t a mobility problem. It’s a stability problem.
What’s the difference between a pole squat and an air squat? Artificial stability. The pole provides you the midline core stability lacking. Take the pole away, and bam 💥, muscles around lumbopelvic junction seize up due to lack of midline stability. 🤔
Athletes who lack midline stability commonly come to me complaining of “tight hips.” When evaluated, however, they present full ROM in a passive/assisted range. (I.E. Pole Squat)
If you find yourself constantly stretching, or mobilizing, without any long term change or results: Try changing up your warm-up routine by incorporating true core work into your day-to-day. Planks, hollow holds, Wolf Raises, side planks.