What could possibly be dark about getting better mobility in a specific position in just one month? 

There is nothing inherently bad about the challenges I have been setting myself and sharing with you over the past few months except when considered in a cultural context. 

A one month challenge. 

One month.

Lots can be done in a month as I have shown time and time again.

I have chosen short time scales to match the attention span I assume social media audiences may have. 

All we see everywhere are 30 day and 90 day challenges.

If it can't be done in that sort of timescale, there doesn't seem to be a great demand to see it.

As somebody who is dedicated to physical mastery, I can't submit to this way of thinking. Massive improvement can be made in the short term and where it does interest me, the smaller gains made further down the line, taking one ever closer or further into mastery are more fascinating. They are harder to make and rarer for it.

 

The gains made with the month mindset are often short term as well. Where do they go after a month when the pressure of the goal is gone?

Like the info you crammed for a test that is completely out of mind a week after the test is done, the results often leave an athlete's body. 

I have been guilty of this the past few months, moving on to the next month's challenge and leaving the previous month's stuff behind.

Having finished my overhead squat challenge at the end of October, I have not specifically worked on it since.

Having jumped on the challenges to easily engage my audience, I have became a fad trainer for the sake of business promotion.

I think it has been a greatly useful experience allowing me to deliver you plenty of proof of methods and I have learned lots along the way but now it's time to act more in accordance with the coach and trainee athlete I am. 

I can help you become a better athlete in the short term but doing so in the long term is a much larger and more worthy feat. Part of this lies in inspiring from the front.

After playing football for many years, I am not the most mobile. Working mobility in one or two major joints per month won't reverse this very quickly so now I am going whole body in my mobility training. I will still track how specific joints, muscles and positions are progressing over time but I will not work a few to the exclusion of others for the sake of a coherent audience narrative.

Over the coming days, I will post some mobility position photos (here's my first) as reference points to measure progress against, some of which I have worked a few months back and left to gather dust. I will check back in with them regularly...

...maybe even monthly...

but they will not be month long challenges with results and ends anytime soon.

They are snapshots of ongoing training that will develop athletic capacity over time.

I won't say that I'll never do a month long challenge again but I certainly won't be making them a cornerstone of my training anytime soon.

Are you looking for small quick wins or wins that take a little longer but dramatically change your game?

Don't leave all sorts of gains on the table for the sake of a short attention span.

 

Arton Baleci
Float Sting - The Athletic Transformation Specialist, Manchester

 

Arton Baleci
Float Sting - The Athletic Transformation Specialist, Manchester