Fitness: Mobility training with Pi Lifter

What is mobility, and how can it improve our fitness? GLUE speaks to mathematician and power-lifter Dominic Patmore on strength and conditioning coaching to improve sports performance.

Dominic Patmore power-lifting. Photo © Pilifter
Dominic Patmore power-lifting. Photo © Pi Lifter

Q. From Pi Lifter perspective, how can cyclists improve their sports performance and mobility especially on cyclocross and triathlon?

Hmm, good question! Generally, the best way to get better at sport is to keep doing it, which means avoiding injury and knowing when to back down from training. An essential component of that is what goes on before and after training and competition.

Nutrition profiles, contrasting showers, ice baths, preventative physio work, addressing imbalances, and sleep are all important to keeping you in the game which will ultimately see better performance outcomes.

Q. Please elaborate a bit on mobility. What does it means?

I actually wrote an article about this: On one hand the word ‘mobility’ is often used in relation to the elderly and their ability to touch their toes or bend their knees.

I wanted to demonstrate that mobility is more than just the ability to move in a particular range of motion; it’s being able to develop and maintain the correct  movement patterns that you need to excel in your daily life. For some, it’s freedom back pain whilst at work. For others, it’s enough strength and flexibility to hold gymnastic rings steady. It all depends on the requirements.

Q. Why did you started Pi Lifter, and how did you get involved in competitive powerlifting?

I started in powerlifting in 2006. At the time I’d been training consistently for over 5 years, and I felt like I needed a bigger challenge. Through a series of events I found my powerlifting club which was having a competition the following week. I turned up, and I’ve been there ever since!

In 2007 I helped found a sports academy where as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, I developed and monitored training programs for young people who wanted to play in high schools and colleges in the States. I started seeing links between sport and mathematics, and from there Pi Lifter was born.

Q. How to motivate ourselves to get training?

I’m gonna struggle with this one – I’ve always been internally driven, so for me, once I set my mind to something, I just do it. That being said, what I’ve found really helpful has been finding a supportive gym like the Bethnal Green Powerlifting and Weightlifting Club. Not only is it rich in history of athletes, but being in a place where everyone is preparing for competition or working on setting personal bests makes me want to do better.

The other thing has been sitting down and breaking down my training over the year and setting targets that I want to reach at the end of program. I’ve been injured for a last couple of months, so my next program is based around working on my squat stances and restoring my conditioning.

Q. For GLUE playlist: what are your top five tunes while training?

I’m a real BPM freak, so anything over 160beats is normally what’s in my ears during training. I also love old school house as well.

1. Bad Guy Smoked – Spinball 2.0
2. Ghandi Khan – Arman Van Helden
3. You’ll Be Under My Wheels – Prodigy
4. Ace of Spades – Motorhead
5. Satisfaction – Benny Benassi

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