When I first started training about 10 years ago . It was all about becoming bigger and stronger , and not really caring too much about my muscles or joints in the progress.
Many moons and injuries later , I realised just how mobility and flexibility in the joints , not only helps improve your performance , but It also reduces the risk of getting injured
Now I normally take about 15 just doing mobility exercises , preparing my muscles and joints for what I'm about to do.
The analogy I love using with my clients is " if you have an old car , and you turn it on and drive it in the winter straight away, chances are it's not gonna run smoothly" " you have to let the car warm up, by letting it run for a bit , so it gets warm enough to perform more efficiently". These three exercises I do on most upper body days and they have really helped , when it comes to my lower back, core and definitely shoulder mobility. •dynamic German hang , now this will feel a bit awkward and scary when you first try it. But it has really loosened up my shoulders and is a vital part of my warm up. •shoulder dislocations , again feels awkward and don't worry your not actually dislocating your shoulders. But I would recommend starting with a wider grip to begin with , and when it gets easier bring the grip slightly in wards. The trick with this is to avoid bending the arms. •rollovers with an optional v sit , great for releasing that tight lower back, and also a great way to improve your hip mobility.
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