Get On the Mobility Ball
My new favorite workout toy is the mobility ball. Here is how it works.
A friend recently gave me a softball-size orb made of pliant, grippy rubber and I have used to daily to massage muscles and speed recovery. Most sporting good stores sell them; mine is the Rogue Supernova.
- Hit the forearms – Knead away the tension in these muscles to improve grip and build strength for any upper-body move. Place the ball on a countertop, and roll each forearm from elbow to palm.
- Focus on ankles – Tight tissues around the ankle decrease range of motion when running, jumping, and squatting. Forcefully press the ball into your ankle and twist. Repeat until you have circled the joint.
- Dig in to hips – Most imbalances start with tight hip flexors. To fix them, lie on your side with a ball placed under the hip. Massage the muscles around the area for a minute, and then do the same on the other side.