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What is Stick Mobility?
One of the best examples of this – The Turkish Get Up. If you crush the grip as hard as you can on the bell, you can create a more stable platform at the shoulder joint giving you more control over the weight. Lighten your grip, and it seems like the load gets heavier and the shoulder less stable.
This is what makes Stick Mobility so effective. It is essentially a total body pedal to the floor board “positional plank” that allows you to lay down a much stronger movement foundation in a 3D plane. Since we are supposed to support ourselves over own base of support as we move, this is a pretty good thing.
This is also a great way to prime the pump for other lifts as well. You can clean up plank based movements (pushups, suspension trainer rows, etc) quite a bit with the right Stick Mobility move prior to performing the exercise.
Stick Mobility is intended to help users increase their fitness, strength, mobility, muscle activation, movement and range of motion. It can also lead to faster rehabilitation due to injury. The stick is used in conjunction with classes and exercises that utilize the flexibility and strength of the rod to propel your body into peak fitness.
How does it help?
The Stick Mobility approach has its emphasis on dialing in our diagonal loading patterns. Especially since our rotational patterns of running, walking and skipping (great exercise!) are incredibly dependent on the diagonal connections of the hips and opposite shoulder.
What are the core principles behind the system?
The mechanical advantage gained by using a lever (Mobility Stick). Allows for a greater range of motion to make it easier to overcome the body’s resistance to bend.
The quality of being stable. The ability to hold a position and resist internal or external forces. The Mobility Stick gives you an aid to help create stability in the joints and gives a strong base of support.
The Mobility Stick gives us visual and kinesthetic feedback to enhance learning and body awareness. Visual feedback amplified the movements and targets problem areas. Kinesthetic feedback creates awareness and activation of different muscles, fascial lines, and senses joint position and spatial awareness.
The Mobility Stick increases irradiation by driving the sticks into the ground, ceiling or wall and squeezing to activate grip and trunk power. This allows us to give more input to the nervous system and make changes faster.
Sherrington’s Law of Irradiation:
“A muscle working hard recruits the neighboring muscles, and if they are already part of the action, it amplifies its strength. The neural impulses emitted by the contracting muscle reach other muscles and turn them on as an electric current starts a motor.”
There are three types of isometric contractions. When you apply all three, you can obtain significant increases in neural drive, muscle fiber recruitment, and rate of production. They include static contraction, yielding contraction, and overcoming contraction.
The harmonious functioning of the motor apparatus of the brain and particular groups of muscles for the execution of movements. Using the stick enhances the neural feedback from the hands to the brain. The stick, in conjunction with positional isometrics, can aid in activation of muscles involved in movements.
Why can’t people just stretch to get more mobile?
Tighten the hip flexors (like you do when you sit down all day), and your hamstrings will become overactive when you extend the hip. This is not a good thing because it makes you more susceptible to injury. Unfortunately, I’ve learned this first hand when a weak left glute led to a left hamstring pull during a sprint.
The neuromuscular drive benefits from Stick Mobility come as your body is better able to coordinate your muscles as one unified mechanism to produce movement. The better balanced our muscles are, the better they can coordinate our kinetic chain. With that said, its gets pretty easy to see how Stick Mobility helps with performance improvement and injury prevention.
Will there be a certification? Can trainers get CPD points?
How has Stick Mobility gained traction as fast as it has?
The system speaks for itself.
Who is using Stick Mobility?
“The Cincinnati Bengal’s S&C Coach, Chip Morton, is always looking for ways to improve his player’s health and abilities. He caught onto us about one month after we started hitting social media. We met with him and some of his staff in December while they were in San Jose to play the 49’ers. They loved what our system brings to the table. One of the biggest aspects were the intrinsic foot strengthening drills that we teach. He stated that the players are expected to produce power and explosiveness, yet have sacks of mashed potatoes at the end of their legs. The joint mobilization/warm up was ‘Gold’ just by itself.”
“The Baltimore Orioles started following us on social media. There are many professional S&C coaches who are always looking for new tools and systems for their players. Stick Mobility Co-Founder, Mitch Taylor, has an extensive baseball background and has instituted a protocol for baseball players.”
What size stick do I need?
Why do I need more than 1 stick
I’m pretty big – how strong are these sticks?
What are these sticks made from?
In the unlikely event you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase we’re here to help. You can return the product to us for up to 2 weeks from the date of purchase and get a full refund (minus the shipping costs). Any product you return must be in the same condition you received it and in the original packaging. You are responsible for paying your own shipping costs for returned items, shipping costs are non-refundable *(subject to the product not being damaged or faulty).
To make sure you order the correct size of Stick to suit your needs please refer to our FAQ’s. If you are in any doubt please give us a call in the office.
Please note The nature of the Mobility Sticks means that there may be a slight bend in the product either when you receive it or after using it for a while – this does not affect the integrity of the Stick or its functionality. Sticks with a slight curvature are not faulty and do not need to be replaced. If you have any concerns please contact the office on 01206 615 464 or email [email protected]
Taking Care Of Your Sticks
Things To Do
- Do anchor the sticks to the ground or a secure fixed point to prevent sticks from slipping.
- Do have adequate space to move the sticks and be aware of your surroundings.
- Do watch the two safety videos below.
- Do contact us if you have any questions at: 01206 615 464
Things Not To Do
- Do not take any stretch to the point of pain.
- Do not stand or jump on the sticks.
- Do not use sticks that have had prolonged exposure to excessive heat or cold as this will result in the compromised structural integrity of the sticks.
- Do not try to anchor the sticks on an unstable, unsecured, or slippery surface.
- Do not use sticks that have structural flaws or compromised structural integrity.
- Do not use the sticks outside of it’s intended purpose as a fitness and exercise tool.
- Do not over-flex the stick. The objective is to create tension, not excessively bend the stick (Although rare, excessive over-flexion of the stick can result in damage)