As our programming progresses, we will seek to support your fitness performance by enabling and empowering you to do mobility at home. To be effective, mobility and therapy drills need to be constantly and relentlessly applied, not slipped in before a class.
Some of this mobility will be preventative, but much will be reactive. It’s very difficult to perform shoulder drills if your shoulders are fine, likewise, most lack the will to do ” bad back therapy” if their backs are fine ( it’s actually a bit of a nightmare getting people to do them when they are in agony and the results are immediate and pain relieving!)
Week, by week, the mobility team: Me, Kate, Carolyn, Sui, Felix, and Jenny will be compiling videos, supported by blog posts, to help you deal with “issues” and to advance your flexibility and your mobility. In class, our trainers will hound you for the best form you can manage. Today’s issue is Achilles Pain
Everybody can fall foul of Achilles pain. Some will call it Achilles Tendonitis, others Tendonosis. Im thick and i prefer more obvious terms like, ” my F***ing Achilles hurts”.
I endorse my use of the word “hurts:
It cuts to the chase.
You”ll get this condition by a mix of too much volume in both running and lifting. Excessive double under’s and box jumps won’t help. Experimenting with flat shoes, if you have spent the last 30 years with a heel lift, will also bring this on. In fact, there is an interesting study that warns against Crossfitting and wearing flat shoes
Being an evil person, in general, won’t help.
Speaking personally as an asshole who trains through pain, training through the pain will really really make it worse and hurt. But no one could have stopped me, so I won’t stop you. I do though suggest you review your training and bring in as many mobility drills as you can find. Here are my 3 favorites
I should point out that all pain has a stress element. The more you can build good karma into your life, the better. Pain is sometimes the body’s way of slowing you down?