"Every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves" -Kelly Starrett
This last Sunday, Coaches Alex and Katie had a great experience attending a Mobility Specialty Seminar hosted by Kelly Starrett himself at CrossFit X-Factor. We got to spend an entire day learning about effective mobility and flexibility strategies, improving ideal athlete positioning, and movement set-up, and implement whole body maintenance practices.
So Who is Kelly Starrett? Founder of the MWOD! "Coach Kelly Starrett received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007 from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California. Before starting his own physical therapy practice at San Francisco CrossFit, one of the first 50 CrossFit affiliates, he practiced performance-based physical therapy at the world-renowned Stone Clinic. In his current practice, Kelly continues to focus on performance-based Orthopedic Sports Medicine with an emphasis on returning athletes to elite level sport and performance. His clients see exceptional results from his progressive blend of manual physical therapy and strength training. Since 2009, Kelly has been traveling the country teaching his “Movement, Mobility & Maintenance Course” in an effort to spread his message that good mobility and proper movement are the keys to good performance and that all humans should be able to perform this basic maintenance on themselves. Kelly’s clients have included Olympic gold-medalists, Tour de France cyclists, world-class extreme skiers and X-Games medalists, dancers with Smuin, San Francisco, and Sacramento Ballet Companies, military personnel, and competitive age-division athletes. Kelly has also served as the strength and conditioning coach for the Marin Rowing Association high school rowing program where he helped lead the varsity girls to a national title in 2008. He is also proud to have served as strength coach to reigning rowing Olympic gold medalist Erin Cafaro, in preparation for her success in the 2008 Beijing Olympiad and the 2009 World Championships." -Mobility Wod
So what is the MWOD? "A blog is intended as a jump off point for athletes to systematically begin to address their nasty tissues and grody joint mobility. Use at your own risk and stop if you think it's gonna hurt you, your spine is going to come out your throat, or your face goes numb. But, understand that you should be responsible for your own business. Don't wait until you need a new knee. Pony up." -Mobility Wod