Through the course of two weeks traveling, I’ve been incredibly active, but not necessarily paying attention to full ranges of motion. As such, I can feel I’m getting tighter. Here at this wonderful studio in Kalamata (@thecamp10.gr), I got a full-fledged opportunity to workout, focused on mobility.
With this exercise (video here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2ypK77HCPk/), the split stance, you can either focus on maximal overload, or mind-muscle connection, or ranges. In fact, in all lifts, this is the case. People don’t understand “lifting”. It’s a multi-faceted skill, with many sub domains. Sometimes it’s about getting the heaviest weight. Sometimes it’s about the reps. Sometimes it’s about activation. Sometimes it’s about improving what some people still call flexibility.
For me, 30kg dumbbells aren’t going to challenge me on overload; but they are a good centerpiece while opening up tissue again.
I’ve met many people over the years who don’t really ever even attempt to understand strength and athleticism. They are fixated on breaking a sweat or muscle failure or a pump or burning calories. Those are all great things. But if you can’t control your hip under load, reduce risk of injury, and FEEL stronger and more mobile, what‘s the point? Stay mobile. Or maybe get mobile.