A personal goal of @willemconor's was to be able to master the Tripod Headstand(I think it's called). 4 weeks ago he couldn't even get his knees to rest on his elbows mostly due to a big limitation in his back. By consistently drilling and staying diligent with his weightlifting he's been able to finally see the improvement he's been working so hard for.
Much of this is due to Conor's consistency and focus, but you might wonder what specifically we did to get him to this point... Stretching? Mobility drills? Long dynamic warmups? Thousands of dollars in cupping?
It's true, we did implement some stretching and added mobility work, but it makes up for little time spent in the grand scheme of things.
The real wizard here is resistance training through a full, pain-free range of motion.
95% of our time together is spent doing resistance training. And maybe 50% of that time is spent lifting weights. Contrary to popular opinion, lifting weights and other forms of resistance training DOES NOT CAUSE joint immobility and "tight muscles". Temporarily you may experience an acute state of muscle tightness but when you train loaded movement through proper ROM then you should experience IMPROVED joint mobility and flexibility in the muscle as a result of adaptation.
Just ask anyone who's been training regularly what happens when they take a break from lifting for more than a few weeks... they will tell you they're stiff as a 4x4. The muscle and connective tissue will tighten up and atrophy because they aren't regularly exercising that range.
Want to know how I got flexible hamstrings? RDLs, Skwaats, and Deadlifts.
Want to know how I increased range in my shoulders? Barbell press and chin ups.
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