My 3 Key Items For Mobility

Cory Gregory

            When you’ve been in the game for as long as I have you tend to get a little banged up and if anyone tries to tell you they don’t, they’re lying to you. What I’ve found throughout the years is that you don’t need anything fancy from this guy or that guy, you just need a few simple things to stay mobile and healthy.

            My absolute favorite mobility item is what I like to call Grandma’s Corn Pillow. I found it at a craft sale over a decade ago and I’ve been using it ever since. Basically what this is, is a pillow that’s filled with shelled ears of corn. You throw this in the microwave for a few minutes, put it on the spot that’s acting up and it acts as moist heat.

            The next thing I use is a baseball. You’ll see a lot of guys using lacrosse balls, or things of that nature, but I prefer a baseball.  For one, it’s easier to get to because I can just reach into my kids’ bag and I’m good to go, but I also think it’s a lot harder and really helps me just to grind it out the spot that hurts.

            Lastly, I’ll use a PVC pipe. We’ve got one down at Old School that’s about 3 feet long, taped up and it’s something you guys can grab from any hardware store.

          Now to practically do this, I actually use all 3 of these things together. I don’t really believe in ice. I think that constricted muscles react better to heat and it helps to loosen them up. So for me, I’ll pop this warm corn pillow on for a few minutes, grind it out with the baseball and then roll it back out with the PVC pipe. This can be done on your lower back, delts, lats, biceps, anywhere that’s constricted or tensed up.

            So like I said guys, you don’t need to go out and get top of the line equipment to work on your mobility. I use a PVC pipe, a baseball and my 10-year old corn pillow.

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