About two weeks ago I discussed doing joint mobility drills first thing in the morning. Specifically I chose Steve Maxwell’s Daily Dozen as my main morning drill. Well, it’s two weeks on and this is what I’ve found:

  • I have been able to pinpoint problem areas with my flexibility, e.g. left hip, hamstrings, and lower back. By focusing on these exercises a little longer I have started to make improvements – especially on the hamstrings. If you never stretch, or are quite sedentary you’ll never notice your flexibility weak points. The skeleto-muscular system is a network of interlinked components, so one tight bit can affect other parts of your body. Ironing out your flexibility issues can really increase your overall well being
  • These exercises are a great segue into intense exercise first thing in the morning. I have never enjoyed working out first thing in the morning because I feel too stiff and uncoordinated. I did the first 8 exercises of the daily dozen, plus a couple of slow squats, which covers most body parts and gets the blood pumping to all corners. After this, I feel much more equipped to take on an intense kettlebell set without straining something!

I have more to write, but need to get moving! Once again I recommend trying joint mobility exercises first thing in the morning. At the very least you’ll feel a bit more relaxed and ready to take on the day.


Steve Maxwell just released 3 video courses of routines similar to the Daily Dozen. There is a video for each skill level: beginner, intermediate and advance. I have bought them just now, and will post my experience ASAP! In the meantime, check them out here.

Maxwell Joint Mobility Sample Video:

2 Thoughts on “Joint Mobility and Morning Workouts

  1. Good post. I’ve just started doing a morning mobility routine this week myself. I mix it up a bit from day to day though, with extra focus on the muscles I worked hardest the previous days (I do some powerlifting training). Looking forward to hear more about your experiences!

  2. Hi Jo!
    Thanks for sharing your experiences.
    Have you found it has helped you in any particular way?
    I have two more followup posts about mobility training – just finding the time to finish them 🙂
    In general I feel MUCH better than I did before starting on morning mobility.

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