Mobility, Position, and Pistol Practice
You have to understand that Mobility means nothing. Mobility is not a goal. Mobility is not an end. Rather, it’s position that is everything, it’s position that is the goal. Position is the means and the end. Mobility is just a tool. Why do we need to be able to spend 10 minutes in the bottom of the squat? Because it guarantees that we will have more movement possibility and built in safety when things go not according to plan. If Mobility is the key to the door, Position is the door to better, more efficient, and more effective movement.
This quote from the September 23rd post on MobilityWOD.com is super cool. It really summarizes what I think about when warming up as an athlete, and the approach I take when warming up other athletes as a coach. Our goal as coaches is to help you achieve the best positioning possible, from which you may express and further develop your speed, strength, stamina, power, flexibility, agility, coordination, balance, accuracy, and cardiorespiratory endurance. The safest, most efficient way for us to move, is generally the way we’ll be able to move the most weight.
Joe was also pretty fired up about the MobilityWOD post because it included the video embedded above with a pistol drill, and we’re always looking for ideas to work on the more technical movements. We practiced single legged squats some last week. It’s a movement many of you are scaling, but also one that you can improve quickly with just a little extra effort. Once you’ve developed a solid air squat, better pistols can be very helpful in improving other more complex squatting movements, such as overhead squats (like we’re doing Monday), squat cleans, and squat snatches.
Registration is now open for the Garage Games New England Finals to be held at CrossFit Southie on November 12th and 13th. Competitors in the RX division need to be proficient with all barbell movements at 95#/65# and able to do unassisted pull-ups. Scaled division athletes need similar competence at 65#/45# and able to do purple-banded pull-ups. Click here to sign up.