#4 - Cracking the Mobility Code - Doing What YOU Can Do
40 y/o and over post.
We see lots of great exercises and movements on social media.
As an expert on biomechanics and movement, every time I see a young, highly flexible, athletically gifted, already strong person doing an exercise, I ask myself "how many people will try this and hurt themselves?"
Young bodies are highly resilient. Their muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones can move through large ranges of motion with no apparent injury.
As a young Navy SEAL, I thought my body was immune to damage. It was put through the rigors of doing daily PT and workouts, long runs and swims, obstacle courses, hard skydiving landings, high contact sports, and carrying really heavy backpacks and gear up and down mountainous terrain. I also had some serious trauma to my body during various kinds of training.
As my body got older, I kept trying to do the things I did when I was younger and I kept hurting myself - my low back, my hips, my knees, my shoulders. In 2007, right after I had the most excruciating low back and sciatica imaginable, I set my mind to developing a more intelligent way of working my body so I could continue to do the things I enjoy and do them well.
Here were my parameters:
1. That the program would increase my range of motion in all my major joints
2. A workout that was very short so I would do it every day, even when I wasn't motivated
3. A workout that I could do when I was already hurting, injured, or sick
4. A workout that I could and WOULD do before any sport, heavy work or dynamic activity like running, cycling, lifting
5. A workout that would reduce chronic compensation patterns EVERY time
In a nutshell, that's how ROTEXMotion first came about, but it has evolved in several ways in the past 13 years.
Dr. Joe LaCaze, DC, NMT, PES, CCEP, Spinal Biomechanics Instructor