In our busy world the K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple Sweetheart) concept is something that most of us forget to incorporate into our daily life. With all the technological advances we have made it makes sense that more complicated should be better, right? In regards to mobility work this is not the case.
Most mobility issues (or for the lay person, joint or muscle tightness) come from the resting position of a muscle, or group of muscles being too short. Take your hip flexors for example. We sit all day long and therefore this muscle gets use to being shortened and intern adopts this length as its new resting positions. When we go to call on this muscle to perform a complex action like a squat, or even a more complex exercise like an overhead squat, it only makes sense that this muscle will not be able to perform like it should.
So what do we do? Stop doing squats and overhead squats? No way! We re-educate that muscle what its resting position should be through a SIMPLE mobility sequence and muscle activation exercises. See the attached article that details this simple squat mobility sequence and provides pictures for each step in the process. Before you know it you will be returning your muscles to their proper length and improving your performance in even the most challenging movements!