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 system is built.  The system is accredited by the following organizations:

– National Academy of Sports Medicine
– Aerobics & Fitness Association of America
– National College of Exercise Professionals
– 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″ or 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 Heavy Duty 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 Heavy Duty Model sticks, though most of our customers and pro athletes prefer the standard model sticks.) Heavy Duty Model 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 are Mobility Sticks made from?

Mobility Sticks are made in the USA with a custom blend of synthetic plastic with silicone rubber grips designed to achieve the balance of flexibility and strength needed for the full range of Stick Mobility exercises. The sticks are designed for professional use in gyms, medical facilities, and on the sports field. They can be used outdoors, are 100% waterproof, and easy to clean.

 

 

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 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 flexing the stick, such as in the Bow & Arrow drill, we recommend spinning the stick after each rep so you don’t always bend the stick in the same direction to maintain the stick’s shape over time.
  • 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.

 

How much do the sticks weigh?

The weight of a Mobility Stick varies based on its length and model. Below are the approximate weights of each of our sticks.

Standard Model 4 Foot Stick ~ 2 pounds 1 ounce
Standard Model 5 Foot Stick ~ 2 pounds 4 ounces
Standard Model 6 Foot Stick ~ 2 pounds 10 ounces
Standard Model 7 Foot Stick ~ 3 pounds 8 ounces
Heavy Duty Model 6 Foot Stick ~  3 pounds 8 ounces
Heavy Duty Model 7 Foot Stick ~  3 pounds 13 ounces
Heavy Duty Model 8 Foot Stick ~ 4 pounds 4 ounces

 

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 view Stick Mobility exercises on a Smart TV?

Our exercises are available to view on our YouTube channel which makes them easy to view on a Smart TV. Just download or open the YouTube app and find the Stick Mobility channel. Like and Subscribe!
Our Golf Mobility & Run Injury Free Online Training Programs are currently only available to view online through our website, so to view them on a Smart TV it will need to be capable of browsing the Internet.

 

Can I view Stick Mobility exercises offline?

All the videos available on our YouTube channel can be accessed offline if you have a paid subscription to YouTube Premium, which allows you to download videos to your YouTube account and view them when you are offline.
Our Golf Mobility & Run Injury Free Online Training Programs are currently only available to view on our website and they cannot be downloaded. The device you’d like to view them on will need to be connected to the Internet.

 

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

We offer 2-day in-person certification courses and a Level 1 online course you can take at your own pace to learn the Stick Mobility principles and movements to enhance your own training and your clients.

The Level 1 In-Person Certification price includes: 3 Mobility Sticks (2 long, 1 short), 14 hours of training, 15-30% off future stick purchases, a bound Level 1 Coaching Manual, lifetime access to online training and coaching videos, a printed official Certificate of Completion, and 1.3 CEU’s (12 CEC’s from AFLCA).

The Level 1 Online Certification price includes: 14 hours of training via in-depth instructional online video’s, 15-30% off future stick purchases, a downloadable PDF Level 1 Coaching Manual, lifetime access to online training and coaching videos, an official Certificate of Completion (Downloadable PDF file), and 1.3 CEU’s (12 CEC’s through AFLCA).

The Level 2 Certification price includes: 14 hours of advanced training from our co-founders, access to the Level 2 Coaching Manual, a printed official Certificate of Completion, 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?

Our Level 1 In-Person and Online Certification Courses are accredited by the following organizations and were awarded 1.3 CEU’s (12 CEC’s from AFLCA):

– National Academy of Sports Medicine
– Aerobics & Fitness Association of America
– National College of Exercise Professionals
– 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
– Aerobics & Fitness Association of America
– National College of Exercise Professionals

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Will I be required to renew my Stick Mobility Certification after a period of time?

The Stick Mobility Certification is valid for life, you will not be required to renew your Certification or provide any continuing education credits.

US Certified Stick Mobility Coaches have the option of re-taking an In-Person US course for a reduced price of $199 or re-taking the Online US course for a reduced price of $99.

 

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 shipping reimbursement fee (under $50) if sticks have been shipped to the event location. 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 about the Certification Course?

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

 

Can my facility host a Stick Mobility Certification?

If you’re interested in hosting a Level 1 Certification Course at your facility click >>> HERE for more information.

 

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.