MobilityMobility is an important factor in anyone’s training. Whether you’re Usain Bolt aiming for a new World Record attempt, or simply somebody who sits at a desk for far too long and wants to get into shape – we all need to mobilise before exercise. We all need to mobilise post exercise. And often, we all need to mobilise during exercise also.

But why?

To understand this, we first need to appreciate how different each of us is from the person standing next to us. We may have the same goals, wants and desires – fat loss being the most common example. There may be a common path which we all take to get there, such as taking up a new exercise regime or diet plan.

But should that path be exactly the same as that of our neighbour? At MyPTstudio we firmly believe in helping you map your own path.

We tailor our exercise and nutrition programmes around your goals, your lifestyle and your body. This is what Personal Training should be about. Sometimes, taking a step back to look at how we are performing an exercise will yield greater results in the long-term than pushing harder and harder with poor form or mobility issues.

How can we help you squat deeper, run faster, lift heavier and lose bodyfat effectively if we don’t take time to look at all the things holding you back?

SAM 1784This is precisely why we’ve created the MyPT360 Functional Mobility Screen – a 10 stage Movement Assessment designed to establish exactly where your weaknesses and mobility issues lie and how these will affect your training. This will allow us to create a unique Mobility Programme designed around your needs, including:

Pre workout mobility: Studies suggest that mobilising and activation techniques will last around 5-10 minutes before the effects begin to wear off. This makes dynamically mobilising immediately before you train vitally important if you are to use the next 10 minutes to your advantage.

Mid workout mobility: Knowing what, how and why to mobilise during your workout also becomes important for the same reasons. What if 20 minutes into your session you are presented with barbell squats? Knowing how to dynamically mobilise your tight areas and activate your weak areas prior to this set will help you get more from the exercise.

Post workout mobility: This is again important, but should be performed differently here. We are no longer looking to “warm-up” muscle fibres, tendons and neurological pathways. Instead, we are looking to mobilise those overworked areas used throughout the session and aid your recovery.

Mobility Screening and mobilisation techniques form the first 10 minutes of our MyPT360 Group PT Programme. Look out for our hour-long Mobility Screening Workshops – held every 4 weeks – which give you all the information you need to improve your training. Details of our Group Training Programme can be found here.

You can also book in for a 1:1 Mobility Screen with one of our Advanced Personal Trainers as part of your 1:1 PT package.