Everyone knows it, but hardly anyone does it: stretching! Of course, this statement is very general, but certainly some recognize themselves here. What many may be not aware of, is that little effort can bring huge achievements. Regular agility training not only improves your performance but can also help prevent injury. And it’s not even about learning the splits or other exercises often titled as “impossible”.
Flexibility training is primarily about the reduction of tension in the tissue. The increase in elasticity in the tissue structures results in a more economical strength transmission. Reason for this is the improved ability of the tendons, muscles and joints to store and use strength. In addition, the musculoskeletal system and its structures are strengthened, which contributes to a reduced risk of injury.
What to do?
Exercises for well-balanced mobility training include static stretching and dynamic mobilization. In addition, fascia rollers are great to loosen strained muscle structures and fascia.
Our partner MySport created a great flexibility and mobility training video with many exercises for your inspiration. (It’s in German, but nonetheless the exercises are demonstrated well and are easy to imitate)
It is recommended to work on his mobility for about 10 minutes after each training session. If you have additional time on several days, you can easily train more, because agility training and functional training are relatively gentle on the body.
Before starting with a general flexibility training, you should address you major deficits. This means your personal “problem zones” should be targeted first. Afterwards, you can gradually extend your training to the other regions. By doing so, you avoid creating or even maintaining an imbalance, which later on, may not be beneficial for your overall performance.
Regardless whether coach or athlete, agility training should be a regular routine in your training plan. Because agility training improves your performance and reduces the risk of injury.