Mobility / Strength / Endurance
More than flexibility or stretching, mobility is the ability to move your joints in a multitude of directions with control and strength. This exercise is foundational to all other movements as it creates strength in connective tissue and increases range of motion.
Mobility is often overlooked by more exciting movement (like strength training or endurance training). If you are prone to put mobility training off, you are more likely to get injured and discouraged by your training. Incorporate mobility training into your routine for longevity of movement.
Incorporating mobility training into your exercise routine could look like:
We do strength-training in order to minimize weakness in the body. It is most fun to do when you have a skill or goal in mind for that strength to work toward.
Strength-training exercises should be selected by looking at what the weak link is in your kinetic chain. When you do a movement you’re trying to coordinate, whether it’s a sport or just a general daily
activity, your strength training exercises should be selected to strengthen the places where you collapse and some of the energy gets lost in the flow of whatever movement you’re working on.
If you want to do a pushup, you’ll want to evaluate the weak parts of your body that are needed to do the movement. Off the top, you may think your arms and chest. However, a solid core, engaged legs, a mobile and strong shoulder girdle, and supportive back are all a part of the movement. As you progress with exercises to push yourself off the ground, each of these areas will grow stronger at different internals. You must supplement other exercises to build strength along the entire kinetic chain.
This should really be the ultimate level once mobility and strength have already been built into your body. Endurance is the ability to do the same repetitive movement over and over again.
In the end, endurance is an important part of the exercise trifecta at The Agile Lifestyle, just be careful that it’s not the ONLY movement style that you do and that you’ve prepared your body for it well.