This simple idea is behind everything we do here at MobilityWOD, and it’s why we work tirelessly to make MobilityWOD the ultimate guide to eliminating pain, preventing injury and maximizing athletic performance.
In 2005, we started San Francisco CrossFit, one of the first 30 CrossFit gyms in the world and the first one to include an on-site physical therapy program. In those early days, we ran the gym from two shipping containers behind a sporting goods store in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Soon, what we jokingly called “The Parking Lot of Dreams” had become an internationally-recognized training center for elite athletes and weekend warriors alike, a community that included Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and Olympic gold medalists.
By then, the years spent simultaneously coaching athletes through thousands of hours of training sessions and running our clinic as a doctor of physical therapy had given Kelly a unique and innovative perspective to recognize clear patterns driving pain and injury. Kelly realized that 98% of these orthopedic injuries were preventable.
Athletes were simply missing an understanding of basic mechanics and the tools to improve those mechanics.
Equally importantly, we recognized that any distinctions between injury prevention and increased performance were essentially meaningless. Athletes’ safest movement patterns are also their strongest. Gyms should not only be a place to sweat but should be a setting to observe, diagnose and correct movement errors that lead to pain and injury.
In 2008, motivated by this belief, we launched the Movement & Mobility Trainer Course, through which we trained thousands of coaches and athletes in the U.S. and abroad to identify and correct these errors, simultaneously reducing injuries and improving performance.
As our teaching began to get more attention and publicity, there was an overwhelming response. People from around the world reached out with requests for help. Seeing how many were facing the same problems and issues, we realized there was a simple and elegant solution to help the most people possible.
It took the form of a project we called the MobilityWOD Project. (“WOD” stands for “Workout of the Day.”)
One day, in August 2010, we shot short video called the 10-Minute Squat Test and committed to shooting a video on movement and mechanics every day for an entire year. With an iPhone and YouTube, we created an online phenomenon, with videos on subjects ranging from deadlifting mechanics to how to sleep correctly.
Today, MobilityWOD is the world’s most comprehensive database of guided movement, mechanics, and mobility instructional videos. The website hosts an easily searchable archive of our original MobilityWOD Project and continues to feature a new video every day. Our subscribers have access to targeted content for every common movement pattern, featuring specific and concrete steps to improve performance and eliminate pain. Subscribers also gain access to exclusive webinars that each feature an hour-plus of more in-depth discussions of common problem areas, including the ankle/foot, shoulder and knee.Start Your Free Trial!