We absolutely understand that rest days are used to sleep in, or to not worry about rushing to the box right after work – but your body might thank you if you make the time to come to the box on Thursdays at either 5:30 am or 5:00 pm and stretch it out with us during ROMWOD (Range of Motion Workout of the Day).
You train hard all week, it’s important that you give your body the love it needs to recover properly. Stretching to improve range of motion is just as important in the sport of fitness as training hard and eating ring. Here are 3 reasons why you should make time to come to ROMWOD.
Optimize Range of Motion
According to ROMWOD’s website: “Range of Motion is optimized through the strengthening of ligaments and tendons while simultaneously removing excess fascia through specific stretching routines.” Fascias are a sheet of tissue made up of densely packed protein fibers that weaves throughout the entire body and binds and supports your muscles, bones and organs. To be able to work properly, your fascias need to be, in lack for a better term, super supple and bendy. When they get tight and don’t move around properly – the result is sore muscles and decreased ROM. The stretches done during ROMWOD looses and releases fascias to get them back to that supple state so they can properly support your muscles again.
Boost Your Performance
Increasing your range of motion can help generate power and promote efficiency of functional movements. Weak range of motion / little to no mobility in your ankles and hips will make squats tougher and can cause unnecessary pain. Lack of mobility in the front rack position can lead to inefficient cleans, front squats and jerks. Bottom line – increase your range of motion, and feel better during training.
Through the natural release of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance in skin that binds and lubricates movable parts of the body, such as joints and muscles, recovery is increased while the central nervous system is simultaneously reset.
If you can’t make it to the box for ROMWOD, we recommend you add some type of stretching routine into your regimen. If you stick to it – you will surely see a improvement in your recovery, performance, and overall range of motion!