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The Keys to Unlocking Your Range of Motion and the Two Biggest Misconceptions About Mobility: Joovv AMA with Kate Galliett

Joovv AMA with Kate Galliett and Fit for Real Life

Kate Galliett is the creator of the site Fit for Real Life, where she brings together body, mind, and movement to help people become highly-charged and fit for real life. She owned a gym in Chicago before deciding to move west to the mountains. And now she coaches clients in-person, online, and through her popular foundational strength & mobility program, The Unbreakable Body. Kate holds a BS in Exercise Science and has worked as a fitness professional for nearly 16 years.  After reading through Kate's answers below, make sure to check out her blog for tons of health tips, Kate’s podcast, and much more!

We were honored when Kate agreed to participate in a Joovv AMA.  So without further ado, here are her answers to your questions…

What is the one fitness activity you hate doing the most, but yields the best results?

I don't do things I hate, ever. (Except for waiting at the DMV and paying my taxes, which I don't like at all.) My movement and fitness practice, and all the activities I do in my life are things I find enjoyment in. Even when I had to rehab a knee injury from an accidental fall while climbing, I found a way to deeply appreciate and value my knee rehab drills. Doing things you dislike creates way too much discord within you to make it worthwhile, in my opinion.

If I opened up your fridge right now, what would I see?

Ground beef to prepare and grill burgers, kale, mushrooms, and poblano peppers (that's what looked good at the market this week), greek yogurt and peanut butter (have you ever had them together? So goo!), and a random Corona that was left at my house after an early summer gathering. I'm not someone who can do a week's worth of shopping in one trip, so I go nearly daily and make selections for the meals I'll be cooking at home.

You're widely considered an expert when it comes to enhancing mobility.  What are the 2-3 biggest misconceptions regarding this topic?

1) People still think mobility training is just something you do before your "real" workout. It's not. Mobility training is its own workout, if you do it right, by bringing neural control training into it.

2) I almost regret how excited we (the fitness coaching world) got about self-massage tools. For example, foam rollers back in the early 2000's. We only have ourselves to blame for how many people think you can still "roll-out" and achieve greater mobility just using that.  Using a foam roller will not make you more mobile. It can help you feel different in some ways, but it won't provide you usable and controllable gains in your mobility.

Have you ever used red light therapy (photobiomodulation)?  If so, what type of results did you experience?

I haven't...yet!

You've had the opportunity to train and coach a lot of people through your popular Unbreakable Body course.  Are there 1 or 2 really memorable clients or experiences that you can share?

Oh man, this is like picking a favorite mountain range...it's impossible! ;) But, out of all the stories I've seen play out in my Unbreakable Body (UB) members, a woman named Janine, is definitely in my "super memorable" category. She is a regular human trying to heal injuries and get back to the active life she desires. Her first year in UB, she saw her injuries heal and not return while gaining more and more strength in her training, but that wasn't what was so memorable.

The truly memorable moment was when Janine hit her 1-year anniversary in UB and started year 2 of using the program. Her success exploded onto a whole new level of goodness. She ran a 5K and had no pain, which was something that hasn’t happened in years. She "all of a sudden" was able to squat to her ankles while cleaning her house, which was something that was a frustrating hindrance that she couldn't overcome before. She went hiking all day and had no pain or discomfort. She played more. She explored more. It was almost every week she was reporting in with new things she was doing with her unbreakable body.

I absolutely love how her story showcases what happens when you invest in yourself for the long haul...not just for 30 days, or 12 weeks, or "until your injury is fixed". Sure, she got results in the 'early days' of doing her UB programming, but look at all that she would have left on the table if she had stopped doing the work to be an excellent caretaker of her body?

What is something you enjoy that most people would be surprised to learn?

I am highly extroverted and enjoy being around people who like to have meaningful conversations - but I also really enjoy solitude and being quiet. I do this by taking solo camping trips every year and by laying around doing nothing important with those I care most about.

If someone wants to level-up their game when it comes to posture, mobility, etc., what are a few things they can start doing today?

Move every joint through its current range of motion every day. Articulating your joints through their current ROM helps maintain what you currently have that supports circulation and the flow of lymph through your body and helps maintain capsular function.

Begin learning about neural control training and doing it in your own program - the nervous system is the one holding the keys that unlock the range of motion you desire to achieve.

What person(s) of influence are you closely following right now?

Adam Robinson and Tara Brach. Adam is a very successful entrepreneur, systems builder, global financial markets expert, chess federation life master, and wise teacher of life's greatest lessons. His teachings have helped me make a paradigm shift in how I'm seeing everything in the world. Tara is a master teacher of buddhism and self-growth. Her teachings help my own growth journey, but also have a big influence on how I teach people to move better. Recognizing the stories we tell ourselves, and learning how to use various types of focus, is monumentally useful for helping people to understand and move their bodies better.

If you could put a billboard anywhere, what would it say and where would you put it?

The location would be difficult to choose. But I think since big urban centers have the most billboards that mine would contradict, I'll place mine in all of the urban centers of the world and it would say: "If you've been told it's 'normal' to feel crummy as you get older, you've been lied to."


Thanks again to Kate Galliett for being a part of the Joovv AMA family!  Also, don't forget to check out Fit for Real Life when you get a chance.  We highly recommend it!

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