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Cassandra La Madrid is a Kabuki Strength coach who spends her time training and competing as a strongwoman and loving her bulldog Lilo. Cassandra has a BS in Kinesiology from Western Washington University and works in an outpatient Physical Therapy clinic. You can read more on her bio page. Oftentimes we hear clients and fellow athletes reporting that their warm up routine consists of 30 minutes or more of “stretching” or “rolling” or “smashing” their muscles, only to find themselves back to being “tight” the next training day or feeling little to no benefit in their performance. It’s not uncommon for people to go straight to general mobility drills when the time comes to “warm up” for training. It's very common for people to give little thought to stability or activation drills prior to their main movement or sport.Before you continue reading, let me say this early on in this piece: we are not saying to ditch all your mobility drills; some people are “tight” and they need to address it. This article was written to shine a light on the consideration of stabilization exercises in your training, particularly during your warm up. It was written to further expand on the concept that injury prevention and warming up to train isn’t just about decreasing tension and improving mobility… and that muscular tension to generate joint stability can actually serve as a benefit to your training.Historically, people have latched on to the idea that improving flexibility by stretching in your warm up reduces injury. But we have also learned that increased flexibility is not always desirable depending on the sport, and can actually hinder performance. Tension exists for a reason and our body is a highly adaptive system that will attempt to do what it needs to do to move through a...