In this video I talk about increased tendon rigidity from strength training and its implications relative to mobility work etc.
On paper powerlifting with limited ROM seems like a no brainer as far as being tight being beneficial. However from my experience (i grew up hyper flexible) and watching others at meets and over the years in training groups mobility has been one of the most crucial and neglected aspects of training. I say crucial because it doesn't matter how much force your muscles can produce if you can't hit the proper positions especially in squat and deadlift. This has been the case primarily with hamstring tightness/low back weakness and hip abductor and adductor weakness and/or inflexibility. when you can't squat to parallel without your hips rotating downward (releasing tension on the hamstrings) or your knees caving in (redirecting biomechanical forces to not so optimal joint positions) mobility will give IMMEDIATE improvements. i've had training partners do a very simple regiment of mobility oriented accessory work after main movements and their geared squats improved around 10+% on average. I'm talking 800+ squatters going to 900+.
Yes, that tightness was a great benefit for me earlier on as i was hyperflexible due to dysplasia in my joints. I agree that whatever you do requires specificity training and the same goes for mobility work. The point of my post was to illustrate how greatly mobility work is overlooked in powerlifting and when it's actually assessed great benefit can come from it in return via the almighty PR. I constantly see people with these issues that can be easily fixed at meets and it's the same feeling as seeing someone wearing a loose bench shirt "you can get so much more out that if it was set up properly" and the same goes for being flexible enough to hit proper positions.
So to wrap this up, in the case of powerlifting great mobility is not needed. However having the right amount of mobility is vital to lifting to your full potential and this is neglected greatly in our sport. So yes, a great deal of people really need it.
Good to hear this come back around. Coming in to this sport with the Frantz team the old-time wisdom was to only have the mobility you need to perform.
A few days before a heavy squat day we'd even do heavy stand-ups just holding a heavy squat out of the rack to get our backs tight...... can't argue that it works for a lot of guys.
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