Don’t jump into an intense training program without reading this first
Expert trainers make mobility training mandatory for their athletes – especially for masters Olympic weightlifters. Why this specific category? Well, with all the research lately on the chronic issues sitting can cause, individuals in the masters group likely have decades of damage in their bodies.
Before engaging in the intense training regimen used for Olympic weightlifting, read this guide to including mobility training. You’ll prevent injuries and help undo some of that damage from inactivity.
Check out the guide to a mobility program for masters Olympic weightlifters here:
Most masters-aged athletes entering into weightlifting, despite their legal age, are young when it comes to time spent in sport. As a result, they should approach training in much the same fashion as brand-new athletes – except their bodies come into the game already somewhat beat up and immobile from life.
If you have been sitting at a desk for decades, or even grooving in other negative movement patterns for many years before finding the sport of weightlifting, then you can be sure it’s going to take some time to unmake the old and build a stronger healthier version in its place.
If you expect yourself, as a new masters weightlifter, to jump headlong into the intensity of daily training without proper mobilization and grooving the right patterns, then it’s only a matter of time before your already compromised body breaks down. This will keep you from the joys of being a true athlete and limit your potential in the sport of weightlifting before you’ve even found your wings.
………………..I will suggest and go over a few mobilization tools that I now put as a requirement into the programming for my athletes. I have found that few newer athletes spend enough quality time mobilizing if it is not prescribed. More advanced athletes understand the importance of mobilization and generally don’t need to be goaded into doing it.
………………..use these mobility pieces before or after, but once you’ve dialed in the areas in which you need specific work and/or more of it, you may play around with the order. If you need to mobilize in order to move well enough to perform a lift, then you absolutely need to mobilize restricted areas ahead of time. If you know that after a workout, you’ll feel better if you preemptively hit certain areas to avoid tightness the next day, then save those tools for after that day’s training.
Source: Breaking Muscle