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Allen Yeh 11-24-2006 10:38 AM

Magnificent Mobility DVD
Magnificent Mobility DVD by Eric Cressey and Mike Robertson

Anyone have any opinions on this DVD?

I've done the joint mobility stuff from Super Joints a la Pavel and it's ok but I've heard its nothing that great.

I've been considering this DVD or the Z health stuff any opinions would be welcome.

Ron Nelson 12-08-2006 12:55 PM

OK Alan, you asked for it, now you're going to get it. My oversimplified, but honest, review of MM.

First, let me say this; I owe the fact that I can actually run today to the MM DVD. That is not a gush, per se, but a statement of fact. But, before I tell how this DVD restored my ability to run (something I consider to be a curse/blessing), I'll review the contents.

The DVD is broken down into 3 categories of movements; easy, medium, and difficult. This is done as a means of taking someone from little ROM and basic activation to full, or better, ROM and higher activation of the large muscles.

The easy movements include some yoga moves (cat/camel, yoga twist) and other "spine flossing" movements to loosen up the spine. Also included are birddogs, fire hydrants (dirty dogs) and supine bridges to help activate the glutes.

The medium movements get more into developing ROM and basic flexibility. The emphasis here is on dynamic stretches (leg swings, windmills, pull back butt-kickers, cradle walks) and advanced activation movements (single-leg supine bridges, hip corrections, mini-band walks, scap push-ups). Again, the idea is to move the athlete into better ROM and activating the larger hip flexors.

Finally, the difficult movements build on the foundations from the previous sections. Instead of leg swings, you get toy soldiers; instead of high-knee pull backs, you get high knee skips. Some of the movements are labeled "difficult" because the average Joe may not be able to do them without looking like Squidward doing interpretive dance at the Krusty Krab Talent Show (I watch a lot of TV with the kids). Anyone with an average athletic ability should be able to do these without too much difficulty.

The very last part of the DVD shows the only three static stretches they recommend; the warrior stretch, a IT band stretch, and neck stretches. All are explained in the same manner as the movements in the DVD.

Each movement is clearly explained with demonstrations from 2 angles (front and side). Additionally, the rationale for each movement is set out in detail along with the muscles and connective tissue involved. Robertson and Cressey are extremely knowledgeable in this area, yet their explanations are easy to follow; obviously targeting the layman, like me.

If there's a weakness to the DVD, it's in the lack of sample warm up routines. I would have like to see suggestions for different problematic areas, or how to start if you're a beginner. Knowing that these guys train athletes, perhaps a little anecdotal information would be nice as well. Thing is, the DVD does not suffer from these weaknesses. Actually, I'd be hard pressed to call them "weaknesses" in the first place.

The one surprising thing I found out from this DVD is just how accessible its authors are. I e-mailed Eric Cressey to give him a "thumbs-up" for the DVD and a question about achilles' tendonosis. I had a sneaking suspicion that pain in both achilles' could be traced to tight hip flexors. To my amazement, he e-mailed back a day later confirming my suspicion and gave me a routine using the several of the movements from the DVD. Long story short, I have used this as part of my warm up every time I go to the gym and the pain in the left achilles' has disappeared; the right is much more mobile than before and I can run and sprint (or as close to sprinting as I can get, being big, white, and slow) without pain.

In the end, is this DVD worth $49.95? To me, it's a resounding, "Yes." It has changed the way I look at warm ups and has increased my ROM in all major lower body joints. The bad thing is, I'm probably going to buy Mike Robertson's "Inside/Out" DVD for my upper body and have the wife go ballistic once again.

That, I can live with. Being 55 and unable to get out of a chair without block and tackle help, I can't.

Yael Grauer 12-08-2006 07:57 PM

I'd be interested in (honest) comparisons of this to Z-Health or Sonnon's work.

Allen Yeh 12-11-2006 05:28 AM


Thanks for the in depth review! Until recently I didn't even know that the Magnificent Mobility DVD was predominantly lower body! That is good information to have since the Inside/Out DVD the upper body portion. I'll have to think about this some more then because my wife would be pissed if I spent $100+ on 2 dvd's so I could work on being more Mobile! heh

I've emailed Eric Cressey about some problems I'd been having with his newsletter and he emailed me right back, seemed like a pretty nice guy.

Thanks again for taking the time to write all that up!

Ron Nelson 12-12-2006 10:45 AM

Not a problem. Being a man of many words, mostly simple, writing the review was a pleasure. I waish I could compare to Z-Health, but I've only seen their web site. The seminars/trainings seem a bit pricey, although if you had serious mobility problems they could be worth it.

BTW, I'm ordering the I/O DVD today or tomorrow. I'll let you know how that goes.

Sam Lepore 12-27-2006 04:58 AM


Did you get the DVD? Like it?

Ron Nelson 12-29-2006 10:22 AM

Not yet. Christmas expenses prevented it.
Maybe in a couple of weeks.

Scotty Hagnas 12-30-2006 04:40 PM

I got the I/O DVD last week. I like it. I'll post a more detailed review in a couple of days when I get a bit more time.

Scotty Hagnas
CrossFit Portland

Scotty Hagnas 01-06-2007 05:25 PM

I like the I/O DVD.

The DVD has the material broken into 7 different sections:

Thoracic spine mobility - foam roller work to increase segmental mobility.

Thoracic spine extensibility - countering kyphosis to improve functional scapular position.

Scapular closed chain - serratus anterior activation, etc.

Scapular open chain - increasing the proprioceptive control of scapular position.

Combination scapular-thoracic

Combination scapular-thoracic with hip mobility - if the shoulder has disfunction, often the opposite hip will have issues.

Active wrist mobilization - range of motion work for the wrist.

A bonus section is the Rufus Complex warmup - an extended empty bar O-lift complex. (though the model seems to pull with the arms...)

I found quite a few new ideas, and trying some of the drills pointed out a few movement deficiencies that I still had. I'll be incorporating some of this into my workouts and body maintenance sessions.

The DVD covers similar ground to other DROM programs, but there are significant differences. The joint mobility drills are few and very simple compared with Sonnon's material, or Z-health. Unlike those DVDs however, the I/O program incorporates soft tissue work with the foam roller, and drills from the PT world like PNF patterns.

I think the DVD is definitely worth it, but for sure I'd want to include one of the other joint mobility programs in my training as well.

Scotty Hagnas
CrossFit Portland

Steve Shafley 03-19-2007 05:40 AM

I got the opportunity to view MM a few weeks back. I wasn't overwhelmed with the materials, but I ran through the movements while watching.

I've been feeling tight in my right hip/glute/lower back area for a few weeks, and after I ran through the movements in the first part of the vid it was gone, so that was cool.

The "spinal flossing" stuff is also detailed on T-mag in an article by Carl Valle and Mike Robertson called "The Superior Circuit", and there are 3 parts to the article...well worth checking out. I used to do that regularly, but had forgotten about it.

I'd like to check out I/O, because my lower body is pretty good, but my upper body is a bit of a mess.

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