In my Kettlebell practice, it is clear that Joint Mobility is as important to strength progression as any other major aspect of exercise programming. I regularly use the term Joint Mobility to refer to a series of range of motion exercises that are intended to “lubricate the joints” through movement, and get a lifter physically and mentally ready for activity. By definition, Joint Mobility refers to the degree to which an articulation (where two bones meet) is allowed to move before being restricted by surrounding tissues (ligaments/tendons/muscles etc.)… otherwise known as the range of uninhibited movement around a joint.
During the systematic movement of each joint, a viscous substance, known as synovial fluid, is produced and acts on many different levels to encourage structural health of the entire body. For example, in addition to it’ s lubricating qualities, synovial fluid posses important shock absorption capability, as well as plays a major role in nutrient and waste transportation. Needless to say, all of these are good things and would benefit any moving body, so “who needs joint mobility?” Everyone.
The program that I subscribe to and recommend to my students is very well summarized in this Joint Mobility link, and I regularly suggest it as a minimum level of practice for my participants. Try it out yourself for a week and see how it feels, recommend it to anyone who you think might benefit from it, and be sure to give your body what it needs. Enjoy!