What is Stick Mobility?

Stick Mobility is a training system that improves your mobility, stability, and strength.

The system combines joint mobilization, strength training, and deep fascial stretching to increase athletic performance, reduce risk of injury, and speed recovery.

The exercises use the Mobility Stick as a tool to improve range of motion, muscle activation, coordination, and body awareness to build a strong foundation for better movement.

 

Who is using Stick Mobility?

We work with athletes, coaches, and medical practitioners from various areas of sports, fitness, and healthcare. From pro athletes to personal trainers, yoga instructors to kettlebell specialists, bodybuilders to chiropractors and physical therapists. Each one of them views movement from a different perspective. We work with them to understand how to apply the Stick Mobility principles into how they view movement with the goal of helping them reach their full potential.

Some professional sports teams who use Stick Mobility include The Cincinnati Bengals, The Raiders, LA Rams, The Baltimore Orioles, LA Angels, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Philadelphia 76’ers, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Denver Nuggets.

PGA Golfers, Paul Casey, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson have implemented our system with their personal trainers to help increase their flexibility and rotation.    

 

 

Why are Stick Mobility exercises more effective than basic stretches?

Stick Mobility uses the formula: joint range of motion + joint stability + neuromuscular drive = mobility.

Stretching by itself lacks these crucial elements.  We know that our muscles get tight for a reason, and no matter how much we stretch, without the right strength levels, they won’t let go. This is typically caused by weakness in one area causing tension in another.

For example – tighten the hip flexors, like you do when you sit down all day, and your hamstrings will become overactive when you extend the hip. Tightness makes you more susceptible to injury.

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 your muscles are, the better they can coordinate your kinetic chain.

 

 

What are the core principles behind the system?

Leverage
The mechanical advantage gained by using a lever such as the Mobility Stick allows for a greater range of motion to make it easier to overcome the body’s resistance to bend.

Stability
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.

Feedback
The Mobility Stick provides visual and kinesthetic feedback to users and coaches to enhance body awareness and learning. Visual feedback amplifies the movements and targets problem areas. Kinesthetic feedback creates awareness and activation of different muscles, fascial lines, and senses joint position and spatial awareness.

Irradiation
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 like an electric current starts a motor.”

Isometrics
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.

Coordination
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 the activation of muscles involved in movements.

These scientific principals form the foundation upon which our training and education system is built.  The system is accredited by the following organizations:

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • National College of Exercise Professionals
  • Athletics & Fitness Association of America
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association
  • Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association

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What are the benefits of integrating Stick Mobility into my training program?

Through combining joint mobilization, strength training, and deep fascial stretching with the Stick Mobility system we have seen users improve their:

  • Functional range of motion
  • Joint stability
  • Balance
  • Posture
  • Full-body strength
  • Coordination
  • Tissue quality
  • Athletic performance
  • Body alignment
  • Muscle activation
  • Motor control
  • Body awareness
  • Reduced risk of injury
  • Recovery from injury
  • Faster recovery after exercise

 

What stick sizes are best for me?

We recommend purchasing a bundle of 3 sticks in order to utilize the full range of exercises in the training system and videos. You will get the most out of your training sessions with two long sticks and one short.

We have created two specific multi-stick bundles to fit different height customers:

If you are under 5’10″ tall the ‘6ft + 6ft + 4ft Bundle‘ will fit you best.

If you are 5’10″ and taller the ‘7ft + 7ft + 5ft Bundle‘ will fit you best.

If you’d like to start with just one stick, we recommend a single 6ft stick if you are under 5’10″ tall, and a single 7ft stick if you are 5’10” and taller.

If you are over 250 lbs and exceptionally strong we recommend the Pro Model sticks. They are thicker (2 inches wide at the grip rather than 1.5 inches) and offer considerably more resistance than the standard models. (e.g. Pro Football Linebackers may prefer the stiffer flex and wider hand-grip of the Pro Model sticks, though most of our customers and pro athletes prefer the standard model sticks.) Pro Models sticks are offered in three lengths: 6ft, 7ft, and an 8ft option for athletes over 6’4″.

If you have any stick length or model questions please call us at 888.992.8779 or email [email protected]

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Do I need more than one stick?

We recommend purchasing a bundle of 3 sticks (two long sticks, one short) in order to utilize the full range of exercises in the training system and videos. Having multiple sticks gives you access to a wider range of full-body stretches and strengthening moves, allows you to efficiently work both sides of the body at once with two tall sticks, and access the short-stick-only specific exercises.

The use of more than one stick is both a regressionary or progressionary aspect of our system. Stability work can be challenging and two sticks provide added stability so that the body and the central nervous system can learn to adapt to the new stimulus. Some exercises and stretches test contralateral and ipsilateral patterns which require the use of more than one stick. Stretches and movements may involve two sticks while hanging, twisting, pushing, and pulling in opposing directions to reach maximal ranges.

 

What is the Mobility Stick made from?

The Mobility Stick is made with a custom blend of synthetic plastic and natural rubber designed to achieve the balance of flexibility, strength, and grip needed for the full range of Stick Mobility exercises.

We describe the Mobility Stick as a simple tool used to create tension, leverage, stability, and body awareness. It provides kinesthetic and visual feedback to users and coaches.

 

 

How far should I flex the Mobility Stick?

One objective with Stick Mobility exercises is to create tension by flexing the stick. Although rare, excessive over flexion of the stick can result in stick damage and breakage. The sticks are built with a custom blend of materials designed to achieve a specific balance of flex and strength. Excessive over flexion is not part of the training exercises and not required to achieve the benefits of the system. Please follow the flexion examples from our training videos and/or the guidance of a Certified Stick Mobility Instructor.

 

 

Are there any special care guidelines for the Mobility Stick?

  • We recommend you do not expose your Mobility Sticks to prolonged extreme temperatures as this may compromise the structural integrity of the sticks.
  • Do not leave your Mobility Sticks inside your vehicle in hot temperatures as this can cause unwanted bending of the sticks.
  • Store your sticks either upright or if horizontal support the stick at each end and in the middle to avoid potential bending over time.
  • When in use we recommend spinning the stick after each rep so you don’t always bend the stick in the same direction.
  • One objective with Stick Mobility exercises is to create tension by flexing the stick. Although rare, excessive over flexion of the stick can result in stick damage and breakage. The sticks are built with a custom blend of materials designed to achieve a specific balance of flex and strength. Excessive over flexion is not part of the training exercises and not required to achieve the benefits of the system. Please follow the flexion examples from our training videos and/or the guidance of a Certified Stick Mobility Instructor.

 

Any recommendations for traveling by plane with my Mobility Sticks?

Sticks can be checked in as luggage on flights but they may incur additional fees. We’ve found that some airlines have special rates or discounts for physical therapy equipment, so we suggest referring to your sticks as such.  We can’t guarantee any discounts due to each airline having its own policies and rates for checked luggage, but it’s worth a try.

When you’re traveling domestically it can be more affordable to ship your sticks to your destination via a delivery service such as USPS, UPS, or FedEx. We advise calling and checking with your airline to find out their rates, which you can then compare to shipping costs.

Unfortunately, international shipping is not always reliable and rates are often on the high side. If the final destination of the sticks is an international location, checking them as luggage through the airline is the more reliable option, and it is unlikely that shipping them would be more affordable.

It is solely the customer’s responsibility to arrange for the transportation of their sticks home from the Certification Courses. If you choose to ship your sticks home, this includes locating the delivery service and purchasing a box to ship them in. We highly recommend pre-planning these details and giving yourself extra time before your flight home to package and drop your sticks off at your chosen postal facility.

 

What is your return / exchange policy?

USA orders placed at StickMobility.com are eligible to be returned for a refund on the price of the product within 30 days of your order being delivered. 

For orders not placed at StickMobility.com, please contact the seller directly.

Please view our Returns and Exchanges Policy Page for complete details.

 

What is your warranty policy?

Mobility Sticks come with a 12-month Limited Warranty against manufacturer defects for sticks purchased from StickMobility.com from date of purchase.  We will replace any Mobility Stick found to contain a manufacturer defect after inspection, and will cover replacement shipping charges.

For orders not placed at StickMobility.com, please contact the seller directly.

Please view our Warranty Policy Page for complete details.

 

Can I become a Certified Coach to teach Stick Mobility classes?

We offer 2-day certification courses to learn the Stick Mobility principles and movements to enhance your own training and your clients.

The Level 1 Certification price includes: 3 Mobility Sticks (2 long, 1 short), a bound Level 1 Coaching Manual, access to exclusive online content, 15-30% off future stick purchases, and 1.3 CEU’s are earned from NASM / NCEP / AFAA / NSCA (12 CEC’s from AFLCA).

The Level 2 Certification price includes: 14 hours of advanced training, access to the Level 2 Coaching Manual, a Stick Mobility T-Shirt, and you earn 1.3 CEUs from NASM / NCEP/ AFAA. *Completion of Level 1 is required to attend Level 2.

Click >>> HERE for more information or click >>> HERE to see a list of our upcoming Certifications.

 

Do Certified Coaches earn Continuing Education Units/Credits?

Yes, they do! Our Level 1 Certification Course is accredited by the following organizations and was awarded 1.3 CEU’s (12 CEC’s from AFLCA).

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • National College of Exercise Professionals
  • Attheltics & Fitness Association of America
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association
  • Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association

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Our Level 2 Certification Course is accredited by the following organizations and was awarded 1.3 CEU’s.

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • National College of Exercise Professionals
  • Athletics & Fitness Association of America

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What if I need to cancel after signing up for a Certification?

We understand that sometimes plans change. Registrants can cancel and receive a full refund up to two weeks prior to the event or they can choose to transfer to a different Certification. Attendee substitutions are also allowed. Cancelations received within two weeks of the event may be subject to a $50 fee and refunds will not be issued for no-shows. To cancel or reschedule your Certification please contact us at [email protected] or 888-992-8779.

 

I’m petitioning for credit, can I get more detailed information about the Certification Courses?

Yes, email [email protected] and you’ll be provided with the most commonly required information for petitioning to receive CECs.

 

Where do stick orders ship from in the USA?

Sticks ship from our warehouse in Florida.

 

In what countries outside of the USA can I purchase Stick Mobility?

Click >>> HERE  to view a list of our current international distribution partners.