Tectonic Spine | Mindful Mobility
The class timeslots for Mindful Mobility can be found in our schedule.
Tectonic Spine | Rationale
I. Optimizing Athletic Performance: Flexibility, Mobility, & Stability
Sport-specific mobility is indispensable to the athlete. The ability to produce controlled articular movement under tension in all the necessary ranges of motion (ROM) of a sport is paramount in the achievement of sound body positions: it makes possible the maximally-efficient production of force, and it reduces undue risk of training injury resulting from improper structural and/or postural loading.
For our strength & conditioning athletes, improved ROM capacity means fewer mechanical impediments to development in strength, power, endurance, stamina, agility, balance, accuracy, coordination, flexibility, and speed. It means a less encumbered path to improved work capacity: a measurably better level of fitness.
Tectonic Spine is designed to increase flexibility of muscles as well as improve motor control & stabilization of joints through essential ROM regularly utilized in our strength & conditioning training model.
II. Redefining Functional Movement: Lifetime General Physical Preparedness
In training athletes for a lifetime of general physical preparedness, we strive to pursue a broad paradigm of ROM capacity. Daily life requires us to be functional through a wide range of motions — including those which go beyond the necessarily technical rubric that we coach, develop, & improve in our Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, & Gymnastics movements.
Our lives demand that we are functionally capable in a nearly limitless variety of positions; we find ourselves on our hands & knees reaching under the couch to retrieve a television remote; the car door prohibits us from setting our shoulders squarely in line with our hips and stance as we pull out grocery bags; we’ve got one hand on the phone with our head tilted, our eyes on the kids, our other hand leashed to a dog that lunges at a squirrel across the street. None of these circumstances allow for idealized balance, position, and control.
Our training design needs to be inclusive enough to prepare us for imperfect movements & positions that are frequently awkward, unilateral, multi-directional, and imbalanced. In addition to our regularly programmed accessory strength work in classes that address these demands, the mobility & stabilization benefits of Tectonic Spine bear these preparations in mind.
III. Maximizing Training Sustainability: Focused Recovery Strategies
Progress in fitness requires time & consistency — and as such, progress depends on sustainability of the training model.
We take measures to educate athletes on the need for systematic recovery strategies related to nutrition, sleep hygiene, carving out rest days in their training schedule, and understanding how these practices may need to evolve & change as the athlete matures. It also means that we encourage our athletes to prioritize not only the frequency, but also the nature of their recovery efforts. These recovery strategies promote higher-quality training sessions, and they discourage the kind of crash & burn, all-or-nothing approach that knocks so many people out of a training plan and suffocates long-term progress.
Strength & conditioning training is strenuous by nature, taxing the nervous system and placing wear & tear on tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Tectonic Spine is provided as a dedicated time & space for our athletes to reconnect with their bodies, improve ROM & mobility, develop greater motor control & body awareness, and recenter their mind & spirit. We feel this is a critical focus in promoting longevity in the athlete’s strength & conditioning training lifespan.
Tectonic Spine | Method
Rather than a generic approach to mobility, Tectonic Spine sessions will be fully facilitated by a team of dedicated Mobility Coaches. As in training, a plan in and of itself does not effectively produce results without proper execution. Rather, it requires a keen understanding of how the template produces specific, intended outcomes, along with deft experience in manipulating the blueprint in order to meet the needs, capacities, and restrictions of the individual.
Like our CrossFit coaches, our Mobility Coaches do not simply take athletes through a pre-written or pre-recorded sequence of positions & stretches listed on a whiteboard. Our Mobility Coaches collaborate weekly with our Head Coach to discuss the daily strength & conditioning programming in order to provide training-specific mobility focus, individualized athlete improvements & corrections, mindfully challenge participants in stretching & breathing, assist athletes in modifying or scaling down positional intensity as needed, and to put the mobility sessions in context with regard to their training goals.
More information on our Mobility Coaches can be found in our team page.