If you are struggling with a problematic body part and you’ve deduced that it could be improved with mobility training, the principle of “Quality Before Quantity” could help you in your journey to restoring that area.
The principle of “Quality Before Quantity” suggests that the proper technique of a mobility or strength exercise is a prerequisite to the amount of repetitions or sets performed. In other words, for the best possible results you should prioritize proper technique over the amount of reps and sets performed.
For example, if a person has shoulder pain and their therapist or trainer prescribes Glenohumeral circles for 3x10, it would be virtually useless if the client went home and practiced the exercise improperly. The sets and reps mean little if the technique isn’t properly learned, practiced and re-evaluated. When working with a client and in my own movement practice, I often lower the reps to the point where perfect technique is accessible. Once that level becomes easy, I either increase the sets/reps or move on to a new, more complex exercise.
When I visit a fitness facility, I often see people using poor technique on their exercises. These same people often display poor joint mobility and even complain about sore body parts. If you are one of those people who regularly exercises and still complains about problematic body parts, chances are that you aren’t applying the Quality Before Quantity principle or that you unfortunately don’t really know what you’re doing to build mobility and holistic strength. If it’s the latter, I recommend going to a Mobility Specialist or trainer that can help you design an individualized program.
Therefore, always emphasize learning and relearning in your mobility exercises. If you have a coach or therapist, they should be excellent at spotting compensations and helping you correct them.
To review, I encourage you to learn proper technique in your mobility exercises and to constantly re-evaluate your progress or lack of progress. This will translate into better movement, better progress and better results.