What is Stick Mobility?

Stick Mobility is a training and education system designed to help people move better by optimizing their mobility, stability, and strength.

The system utilizes the Mobility Stick to improve range of motion, muscle activation, coordination, and body awareness to build a strong foundation for enhanced movement.

 

What are the benefits?

We have seen the system improve users:

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

 

Who is using Stick Mobility?

People who are focused on improving their movement performance. 

We work with athletes, coaches, and medical practitioners from many 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 help them understand how to apply the Stick Mobility principles into how they view movement with the goal of helping them reach their full potential.

Some of 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.

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 these organizations:

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

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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 bundles in our store 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 are over 225 lbs or exceptionally strong we recommend the Pro Model sticks. They are thicker, wider, and offer more resistance than the standard models. 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]

 

Do I need more than one stick?

We recommend purchasing a bundle of 3 sticks 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 stretches and strengthening moves. You will get the most out of your training sessions with two long sticks and one short.

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 allow for 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 Mobility Stick made from?

The Mobility Stick is made with a custom blend of materials 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 guidance by certified Stick Mobility instructors.

 

 

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 guidance by certified Stick Mobility instructors.

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

We offer Level 1 Certifications to become a Stick Mobility Coach to be qualified to teach classes.

View Certification info, locations, and dates >> here.

Our certification is accredited by these organizations:

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

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Can Certified Coaches get Continuing Education Units?

Yes, our Level 1 Stick Mobility Certification is awarded 1.3 CEU’s by NASM, NCEP, AFAA, and NSCA for the USA.

AFLCA offers 12 CEC’s in Canada.

 

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