Most powerlifters and every day fitness people neglect mobility. A lot of powerlifters still believe that you don’t need mobility to be strong. I only believe this to be half true. While you can get strong without mobility, in order to level up it’s a necessity.
Personally, I never wanted to stretch. For a while, I was stubborn and my body was always aching. As time passed I became stagnant in my lifts and this is when I realized that by neglecting mobility, I was hurting my chances of excelling. I decided to make it a daily habit and in just 2 months I watched my squat increase from 555 to 600. In the year that followed I added another hundred pounds onto my squat. My deadlift, which had been stuck at 565, went up to 600 as well. In the two tears that followed I was pulling that same 600, but now for 16 reps, and could also pull 700.
Stretching, like anything else, takes time to really master. Bands and specific stretches are great but, for me, I’m big on the basics. I do the same stretches I was taught growing up in sports, except now I hold each for a minute and a half to two minutes daily.
In order to get stronger, you need to put in the time on mobility work. If you are physically unable to get your body into the most effective position to move the most weight then how can you ever expect yourself to reach your full potential? You can’t, but those few minutes extra a day to work on stretches can get you to that point.