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Solutions for Common Mobility & Stability Issues
Written by Invictus Athlete Josh Littauer
(Follow-Up to: Mobility vs Stability published on December 11, 2017)

In yesterday’s blog post, Mobility vs Stability, I talked about some common mobility and stability issues that prevent us from moving through full ranges of motion. Be sure to read that post first as it will help you identify whether more mobility work or stability work would benefit for your fitness. Once you have identified your issue(s) then read on below for a few drills to incorporate into your routine to address those issues.

Mobility:
If you have recognized that mobility is your biggest issue, then here are few common cases and solutions. Dr. Aaron Horschig is one of my favorites and has great drills for each. Each of these drills and stretches can be added in 2-3 times a week for 3-4 minutes a piece.

FOCUS AREA: ANKLES

Banded Joint Mobilizations for Stiff Ankles

How to Stretch Your Ankles

FOCUS AREA: HIPS

Banded Joint Mobilization for the Hip

How to Fix Knees that Crack & Pop During Squatting

FOCUS AREA: SHOULDERS

How to Improve Thoracic Spine Mobility

The Simple Five Way Shoulder

Stability:
When it comes to stability, many of the exercises that will aid in adding stability to your joints and lifts come in the form of accessory exercises. These accessory exercises can range from isometric holds, single-arm or single-leg dumbbell and kettlebell movements, banded exercises, unilateral movements, etc. There are a wide range of movements that will help improve your stability. If you are familiar with, and regularly follow, the Invictus blog then you are well aware of some of the unilateral dumbbell and kettlebell accessory work. These are all beneficial and should be a prioritized portion of training.

I have a few favorites as well that I’ll list below. Each can be done in 3 sets of 10 1-2 times a week.

FOCUS AREA: SHOULDERS

Scapular Retractions & Band Pull-Aparts
(This is actually my own video from several years ago.)

Single-Arm Ring Row
(Ring rows are totally underrated. This is a personal favorite.)

FOCUS AREA: HIPS & GLUTES

Monster Walk

Cossack Squat

If you are having a hard time identifying what your needs are, please ask a coach. Your coaches are there to help and see you improve, so if you think mobility or stability could be a limiting factor in your growth never hesitate to ask.

As always: Stay Humble. Stay Hungry.

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Invictus Athletes at the 2017 American Open Finals

Join us in wishing the best of luck to these Invictus Athlete Weightlifters who will be taking the stage this weekend at the 2017 American Open Finals in Anaheim.

Friday
Linda Huynh (-48kg)
Ricky Moore (-77kg)

Saturday

Sarabeth Philips (-58kg)
Lindsey Siolka (-63kg)

Linda (@lindasseip) with a 235#/107kg pause tempo front squat. This is over double Linda’s bodyweight, as she’s a 48kg lifter. #InvictusAthlete

A post shared by Invictus (@crossfitinvictus) on Nov 22,

The 5 Stages of a CrossFit Athlete
Written by Invictus Athlete Josh Littauer

If you have been in CrossFit for any amount of time you have probably begun to recognize that there are different phases of progressions as an athlete. These stages can all last for different lengths of time, but chances are, every athlete is in one or even two stages right now. In some way, all athletes fit along a timeline or progression that leads to a betterment of self, but at one time or another we pass through several awkward and sometimes painful stages.

At this point leading up to the 2018 CrossFit Season, there is still time to make some important and pertinent improvements to get your best possible results in the Open. As coaches, we look at our athletes’ scores in our 6th Annual Invictus Athlete Online Competition and adjust their programming accordingly to make sure they are as prepared as possible for the Open. This Online Competition provides an opportunity for you, as an athlete, to assess how your training has been going and what areas of weakness still need attention before the start of the Open. It also provides great feedback for the Invictus coaches to see,