What is Stick Mobility?
Stick Mobility is a training system designed to help you move better by improving your joint range of motion, tissue quality, strength, and coordination. The Mobility Stick is essentially a full body lever that allows you to have a strong foundation for movement.
Our goal is to help you increase your ability to move by improving muscle activation, increasing range of motion, developing a platform to maximize strength and performance while reducing your risk of injury.
What are the benefits from using Stick Mobility?
Stick Mobility helps to increase your functional range of motion, improves posture, increases stability, enhances body awareness, and improves full body strength. Your body only allows you to produce the amount of power that is capable for your joint stability. From an athletic standpoint, this is critical because improved performance is all about doing more work in less time. To move your best, you need power. The more stable you are, the more power you can produce and the better you will move.
What are the core principles behind the system?
The mechanical advantage gained by using a lever (Mobility Stick). Allows for a greater range of motion to make it easier to overcome the body’s resistance to bend.
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.
The Mobility Stick gives us visual and kinesthetic feedback to enhance learning and body awareness. Visual feedback amplified the movements and targets problem areas. Kinesthetic feedback creates awareness and activation of different muscles, fascial lines, and senses joint position and spatial awareness.
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 as an electric current starts a motor.”
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.
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 activation of muscles involved in movements.
Why are Stick Mobility exercises more effective than basic stretches?
Stick Mobility uses the formula: joint range of motion (articulation) + 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 you stretch, without the right strength levels, they won’t let go. This is typically caused by weakness in one area causing tension in another.
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 our muscles are, the better they can coordinate our kinetic chain. The science behind the system shows how Stick Mobility helps with performance improvement and injury prevention.
Can I get certified? Can trainers get CEU’s?
We are excited to offer our Level 1 Stick Mobility Certification to health practitioners, trainers, and anyone who would like to spread the Mobility Movement. NCEP and NASM awards 1.3 CEU’she AFLCA offers 12 CEC’s. This is a system that is self-regulated, effective, and practical. You can use Stick Mobility as a complement to any modality you choose or Stick Mobility can be a stand-alone program.
Who is using Stick Mobility?
Everyone from professional athletes to desk jockeys to injury rehabilitation patients. We have seen our system in use by professional football players, golfers, baseball and basketball players, to wheelchair athletes, and world-class powerlifters. Our system has been effective for all ages and fitness levels.
A few professional 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 also implemented our system with their personal trainers to help increase their flexibility and rotation.
What size stick is best for me?
The general guidelines for fitment is if you are over 5’10” you will need to get the 7 foot and 5 foot sticks, if you are 5’10” or under the 6 foot and 4 foot sticks will fit you best.
If you are over 225 lbs, or are exceptionally strong, you will want to get the Pro Model – it is thicker, wider and offers more resistance than the standard model. Pro Models are available in 6 foot, 7 foot and 8 foot increments. Now there are special cases if you have long arms or short arms. Adjust accordingly and feel free to contact us if you have questions.
We recommend purchasing a Mobility Stick Bundle in order to follow along with the exercises in our training videos. Having multiple sticks gives you access to a wide range of stretches and strengthening that would not be possible with just one Mobility Stick. You will get the most out of your training session with two long Mobility Sticks and one short.
Why do I need more than one stick?
The use for more than one stick is both a regressionary or progressionary aspect of our system. Stability work can be challenging for most people, two sticks allow for that 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 hanging, twisting, pushing, and pulling in opposing directions to reach maximal ranges.
What are these sticks made from?
Stick Mobility uses a proprietary blend of extruded materials to achieve a perfect balance of flexibility and strength in each stick. We recommend that you do not leave your stick in extreme temperatures as this can affect the material and can cause unwanted bending.
Do you offer discounts for larger orders?
Yes. 8 sticks: 10% off. 12-16 sticks: 12.5% off. 16-24 sticks: 15% off. Orders over $250 receive free ground shipping within the US. For bulk orders, please visit the store section on our site, Build a Gym Bundle and select the Bulk Orders.