Every movement enters a ‘tunnel’. It has a start position and a finish position. If we do not have the mobility to hit these positions then the movement itself is going to be poor. This is a concept that Dr. Kelly Starrett talks often about because it is such a simple and easy way to start fixing so many movement errors.
Very rarely does movement sort itself out within the tunnel, having entered it poorly.
Let’s look at running: We’ve spent so much time seated in a chair that our hips and ankles have gotten tight and short. This restriction means that the leg usually ends up kicking out to the side while we run in order to move around the restriction.
Not only does this offer us limited movement options for sport and life, but it is also a huge contributor for the knee injuries we see so commonly.
Clean up these positions and we tend to see the movement quality improve.
That means we can’t be skimping out on our mobility time. Mobility is only half the battle though, once we clean up these positions we have to talk about reinforcing the patterns. Mobility before stability, but we must have both. Then we can talk about strength and power.