Thoracic Spine Mobility Test

Do you have pain or tightness in your upper back? This may be due to a tight thoracic spine. In an age of phones and desk jobs, thoracic spine tightness has become an epidemic. Hundreds of thousands of people suffer from limited mobility in their upper back. This new mobility series is to help remedy that pain, but overall, we need to learn how to sit upright and not be on our phones all the time putting us in a bad position.

Hamstring Mobility Test

Our hamstrings are a vital part of everyday movement and for too many of us, they are really tight.  Tight hamstrings can lead to back issues, ankle injuries and discomfort or pain in our hips.  If you can’t touch your toes, you may be a culprit of tight hamstrings.  In this video series, we’ll be going over 3 different ways to help mobilize and make more flexible those tight hamstrings.

Today, we will do a test to see where you can get to with your range of motion.  Mark your results as we will retest in a few weeks.

Ankle Mobility Tip #2

This week we’ll need a resistance band to help provide some distraction and resistance to our ankle as we work through a range of motion.  While we don’t need to press as far forward as last week, we want to make sure we’re tracking that knee over our toes.  Let the band do the work though.

Ankle Mobility Tip #1

Today’s mobility tip involves no equipment, allowing you do to it anywhere you can put your foot up on.  We’re going to get some nice static holds in the position and really grind down on the ankle.  If you have a friend with you, have them help on this one by pushing down on your back to get even greater flexion.

Ankle Mobility Test

Ankle mobility is one of the most often overlooked pieces of having a good squat, or even just feeling and moving better during a run.  We’re on our feet all day, so the ankle take a LOT of abuse.  It’s important that we’re always working on the joint movement and sliding surfaces of the ankle to maintain good health and proper movement in the gym.

Today, we are going to do a little test to see where you’re at with your ankle mobility.  Over the next 3 weeks, we’ll provide some mobility tips to help improve on where you are.  In 4 weeks, we’ll retest.

Hip Flexor Tip #2

This week we will work on stretching the lower part of our hip flexors and we’ll add in some resistance and distraction to see if we can find the tightest spots and get them moving better.  Remember that our hips are the key to a lot of movements we do in the gym, and in life.  It’s important that they move well.

Hip Flexor Mobility Test

Your hips get used and abused in nearly everything you do, and those of us that sit behind a desk all day usually develop very tight hips over time.  This is a simple mobility test you can do right at home to see if your hip flexors, the group of muscles along the front of your hips, are the real issue.  Chances are, they are!