Mobility is important. Like, super important. It might even be more important than strength training... I tend to like my toys, which means I spend a lot of time testing out mobility tools. Below I is a list of my favorite/most used tools.
1. MobilityWOD Supernova
The Supernova is in my bag pretty much every time I go anywhere. The size makes it ideal for hitting larger tissues, but since it is still spherical you can still hit specific areas. Check it out here.
2. Mobility Stick by Rogue and MobilityWOD
It is essentially a foam roller, without the foam. Rogue and MWOD essentially cut down a barbell and made a cradle for it... The result is a merciless roller that you can use to really make some change. The cradle makes it easy to use, but be cautious. It can be aggressive and deserves a word or warning. Check it out here. I recommend the knurled version because it allows you to "tack and floss", taking up the tension/slack in the tissue while working through the range of motion. Remember, if you're holding your breath it is too intense.
3. MobilityWOD Gemini
You might notice a trend... MobilityWOD (by Dr. Kelly Starrett) has been a huge influence on me. The Gemini was one of his first mobility products, and is the ultimate tool for mobilizing your T-Spine. Because of its shape (yes, I know...) is doesn't interfere with your shoulder blades, making it a perfect tool. It's pointed ends also make it great for targeting hard to reach tissue such as the Pec Minor (your upper chest, just beneath your collarbone) and Upper Trap. Check it out here.
4. VooDoo Floss
Highly recommended. VooDoo floss has seriously changed my mobility routine. If you're not sure what it is, check you this video.
VooDoo floss is now a table in my mobility kid. I often use it in conjunction with other tools (usually the mobility stick). It is essentially a wrap that you use to help mobilize your stiff tissue. Check it out here.
Surprise? I use kettlebells regularly for mobility. I use the bottom of the KB for diffuse pressure and flip it over to use the handle for more precise work (think inner thigh versus hip flexors). Any kettlebell will work, but I recommend the ones by DragonDoor. Check them out here.
The tools you use ultimately don't matter. What matters is that you work on your mobility consistently. Have fun, and remember to breathe.
B.Kin, Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology CPT