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“The Stick”

By Sean | In Recovery | on July 16, 2012

The stick rose to popularity within the endurance community, especially endurance runners.  Its construction is pretty simple but don’t let that fool you to its effectiveness.  It works  in a way that’s similar to the foam roller helping to restore movement freedom in fascia and other sliding surfaces in the body, breakdown trigger points and other restriction in muscles, and gaining better joint range of motion or movement efficiency in the process.  This short video from TheStick.com provides a quick take on why the stick works.

The Stick website markets the tool as something you can use on yourself just like most of our other mobility tools (foam rollers, rubber balls, theracanes, etc.) and even offers some basic tips and techniques on their website.

Justin from 70sBig.com recently posted not once, but twice, on The Stick.  He included a couple of videos on how he and Mike Hom utilize “The Stick”, and unlike our other mobility tools, they mention that to truly unlock the potential of the stick you’ll want to have a partner work on you instead of always working on yourself.  They say that it helps to get in harder to reach places and add enough force to make the most of the session.  They recommend using the Stiff Stick for best results.  The two 70’s Big videos below give some insight on how to get started using “The Stick” with a partner.

We will soon be offering Travel Sticks, and later Stiff Sticks, in the Intrepid Athlete Store.  In the meantime we have some for use near the lacrosse and other rubber balls for you to try.

WOD 07.16.12

Back Squat 3×5/Wendler

1 Box Jump
1 Toes to Bar
2 Box Jumps
2 Toes to Bar
3 Box Jumps
3 Toes to Bar…
Continue adding a rep after each round completed until time expires

Rest 1 minute

Run 1 lap (1/3 mile) for time

5 Comments to "“The Stick”"

  • Kyle says:

    July 16, 2012 at 8:41 AM -

    Lots of… fond… memories of the stick.
    We used to use them all the time between legs of Rangnar type relays races. It’s intense but VERY effective.

  • Amanda says:

    July 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM -

    I’m a huge fan of the stick. The biggest challenge is relaxing the muscle as you’re working it over.

  • Michael H says:

    July 16, 2012 at 9:52 PM -

    Whoa a little to close for comfort on that last video hehehe

  • Ken says:

    July 18, 2012 at 4:21 PM -

    Nice post Sean. You picked some good material to share. I will be sure to share this post. If any of your followers are in Alberta, Canada, I distribute the Stick! Keep on Roll’n!

  • GaryB says:

    July 18, 2012 at 4:40 PM -

    great information, just FYI, the travel stick may be too flexible for your clients/athletes. The Sprinter model may be more suitable as a short model.

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