I will not lie, my flexibility in the hips and thoracic spine areas leaves something to be desired.
I might be able to DO certain movements, that but they aren’t as great looking or as good as they could be.
I know it’s something I need to work on for health and longevity, but somehow it always gets pushed to the bottom of the priority list.
That’s why I am dedicating a full three days per week of workout sessions JUST to recovery, flexibility and mobility.
Already after just three sessions of this last week, I could feel the difference in yesterday’s training session. Pretty crazy.
Now if you know you need to work on your flexibility and mobility (and chances are you do), you should try this method as well.
Here is what one of my recovery/flexibility/mobility days looks like if you want to try and build it into your own routine:
Forest Vance Off Day Moblity/Recovery/Flexibility Routine
1 – Foam roll/SMR
I take a lacrosse ball and roll out sore areas in my upper back, standing against the wall. Then I use the foam roll to hit my calves, hamstrings, IT bands, quads, hip flexors, and back.
2 – Joint mobility
I do 10-20 reps each of:
3 way neck
3 – Dynamic stretch
I’ll hit specific areas I need work on – inchworms for the hams and calves, sumo squat-to-stands for the hips, walking lunges w a reach for the hip again …
4 – Low intensity walk or bike ride for 20 or 30 mins
I enjoy getting outside and doing this, it enhances recovery, I work the cardio a bit and I can get out in nature and clear my mind. And since I typically train around noon it’s also a nice break from all the craziness of a typical day.
5 – Static stretch
Here I will again hit areas I need to focus on – like the hips, hamstrings, T-spine, etc. Also I will include a couple of yoga poses here.
If you need to loosen up and enhance your recovery, try working a session or two like this per week into the mix, and let me know how it goes for you.
I think you will be pleasantly surprised!
Talk soon –
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