I have recently gotten into strength training and have been accessing a lot of online resources to gain knowledge and information. One thing I have noticed is that a lot of the really good strength training resources (stronglifts.com, tmuscle.com, dieselcrew.com) place a high importance on mobility, flexibility and range of motion exercises. They seem to treat flexibility, mobility and ROM as part of the foundation of health that fitness can be built upon. I like this notion but never paid any attention to flexibility, mobility and ROM until now.
I have had issues in the past with tight IT band and hip flexors and overall inflexibility and limited ROM. I also have a sketchy lower back. After learning about physiologicla problems I self-diagnosed myself with anterior pelvic tilt and lordosis. I hear strengthening abdominal muscles help correct anterior pelvic tilt and lordosis. Any thoughts?
I'm also thinking about getting a foam roller for the IT band and other soft tissue work. Have any of you used a foam roller in the past? Did it work for you?
Are there some other good flexibility and mobility resources out there? I heard the DVD "Magnificent Mobility" is supposed to be great. Any one have an opinion on it?
I know I would be interested in a post from Mark about flexibility, mobility and range of motion. Anyone else?