Hey everyone! I wanted to share a bit of my fitness journey and talk mobility! The lifts that we do in the gym are hard, right? They require us to get into some pretty tough positions. And if you look around the class you may be wondering why your clean or snatch doesn’t look as pretty as the person next to you. I was that person back in 2016 when I started Crossfit. I came in as a former basketball player who really loved working out his upper body. Did some squats maybe once a week if my knees felt okay. My first class was humbling, to say the least. There were overhead squats in the workout. I had never seen that movement before but just looking around at others and how effortlessly they moved I thought, “how hard could it be?”. As we began the warm up I grabbed a pvc pipe and quickly found out. I couldn’t even squat to parallel without almost falling on my face because my knees were caving in, my heels came so far off the floor, and I could barely keep my chest up. As a former collegiate athlete I felt embarrassed that I couldn’t even snatch a pvc while others were loading up their bars with weight. The coaches told me my mobility needed a lot of work before I could pick up a barbell and try to squat it overhead. I was told to do a lot more stretching. Admittedly I was never one to warm up when I would go to the gym and always thought stretching was pointless. But I decided if I really wanted to get better at lifting weights I would have to give it a try. From that point on I did twenty minutes of mobility work and stretching five days a week. I would usually get the work in before group class or before bed. Not exciting stuff. You don’t see too many cool training montages in movies of people doing couch and pigeon stretches. But the work payed off! A month and a half later I saw significant results in my squat and overhead positions. All from just setting setting aside twenty minutes a day to stretch. While I have come a long way, I am still by no means the most mobile person you’ll see at the gym. But I hope my story helps show you that progress can be made to help get us in these challenging positions, and that there is hope for any of you in class who have goals to move better.Corey HenningDo you need mobility help? CLICK HERE to learn how we can help you!