If you haven’t already been to Kelly Starrett’s MobilityWOD video blog, do your body a tremendous favor and check it out (Travis – Thanks again for turning me on to Kelly’s work). Watch the vids and experiment with the mobility work that Kelly (K-Star) puts up nearly every day. Here is an example:
Enter The Peanut
At the 1m 35s mark Kelly goes over some back work and for this, he uses a “peanut” to help. Turns out this is a massage peanut, which I could order from Amazon, except there’s is all spiky and scary looking. Also, it could take weeks to get to me here in Korea.
If I still wanted to try this mobility work (I did), then I had to come up with my own solution. Here’s what I had and here’s what I came up with:
1 Dress Sock + 2 Tennis Balls = DIY Peanut
Directions: Stuff tennis balls into dress sock. Tie off dress sock with a knot.
Note: I tried using a zip tie first, but the sock slipped and loosened up. So far, the knot is holding fast. I’ve been hesitant about trimming the excess, because I may need it at some point to retie the knot. But, if you want to make it look pretty, by all means trim away.
In this early episode, Kelly briefly mentions duct taping two lacrosse balls together to create a peanut. I figure with a more durable athletic sock and two rubber coated practice baseballs (plenty of baseball stuff available in Korea, not so much lacrosse stuff), I can get something similar.
The Peanut In Action
Check it out – A short vid of me rolling with the peanut.
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