[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvkKkCYzm2A&w=560&h=315] I own a MobilityWOD Supernova. And boy am I ever happy with it. My first exposure to it was when my friend Wayne had lent me his Supernova to try out when I was training with at his gym. He noticed that my flexibility was just horrible. It turned out that I couldn’t even touch my toes, and thought it had to do with my hamstrings, so he instructed me to roll around on it. I reluctantly agreed after remembering my experiences with the inefficacy of using a lacrosse ball. This was while on a plyo box just tall enough to target the awkward part of your body of your hamstring right around your groin/butt area with a gyrating motion (you look like you’re making sweet love to a plyobox).
After a minute or two of rolling out my hamstrings on this beautiful, torturous contraption and having my friend Wayne play the role of “superfriend” by applying some of his weight against my leg while on the Supernova, I was grimacing in pain. However, for the first time in years, after a heavy workout the day prior, I felt loose and limber. I was able to touch my toes. I was in awe.
Feeling is Believing
Many of you who are reading this might be able to relate – while painful, it felt great afterwards. After that experience I was a true believer. Immediately I put this new found flexibility to work by hitting the squat rack to check out the depth and range of motion in my squats. Needless to say I was very happy with the outcome, and it’s now a staple in my mobility toolkit, alongside my trusty lacrosse ball and rumble roller. As you can see, it’s a softball sized ball, with grooves and channels built into it to grip and get at any adhesions of particularly tight muscles.
The Supernova Phenomenon
You’ll find a that some gym mates will immediately gravitate towards your Supernova and ask to borrow it. I call it the Supernova Phenomenon. People can’t keep their mitts of it, and when they’re done with it, after the grimacing of experiencing the Supernova, I’ve had a few of those gym mates go out and buy one themselves a few weeks later.
Mobility was usually an afterthought
Before I saw stretching and mobility as a bit of a nuisance, taking up valuable time before I got to the good stuff – the WOD. Who cares about the stretching and mobility stuff right? Wrong.
If you’re in it for the long haul, which I’m sure many of you are, you’ll seriously want to look into investing the 65 bones a Supernova costs. It by spending an extra 10-15 minutes on mobility, it keeps you, fresh, loose and supple on a rest day, instead of feeling (and sounding) like an old rocking chair that’s about to collapse.
Pros Versatile – can do a good amount of the job a foam roller does including targeting the back, traps, pecs, glutes, and hamstrings. It has just enough surface area to do the job effectively. Portable – Because it’s the size of a softball you can carry it in your sidepack, backpack, bag, so you can mobilize just about anywhere including work. You might get a few stares and questions, but that’s the fun part. If you own a briefcase, you probably won’t be able to squeeze it into one of those though..
Cons It’s not cheap – For about $65 CDN including taxes and shipping to Canada, you can pick one up. It’s not an inexpensive purchase as say $2 on a lacrosse ball, but not out of everyone’s price range either, especially if you’re shelling out $20 on foam rollers of various densities. It can pick up a lot of dirt – not much else to say here – it might be a good idea from time to time to wet an old handtowel and wipe it down from time to time. It will wear out over time – if you’re rolling around on a hard surface like the gym floor, the Supernova will eventually wear out, so it might be a good idea from time to time to use it on a cushioned surface like a mat or cushioned bench at your gym.
So if you don’t own one and you care about your performance, what are ya waiting for? If you already own a Supernova, leave a comment on your experiences so far.