Supple Leopard: Fast Facts

Tara Youngblood Jun 29, 2021

Supple Leopard

What does Supple Leopard mean, anyway? Let’s explore the origin of this metaphor and how you can apply some mobilization techniques to help improve how you feel.

Sleepme Fast Facts: Supple Leopard

  • WHO: Becoming a Supple Leopard is a book written by Kelly Starrett, a doctor of physical therapy and CrossFit coach. Dr. Starrett teaches how to become a “supple leopard” -- essentially a system of movement and mobility -- in his books, videos, and comprehensive guides on his well-researched website, The Ready State.
  • WHAT: Mobility, and the ability to move correctly in every situation, is vital. As humans, we need the tools to diagnose the problems and movements to correct the problem.
  • WHEN: Poor mobility doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, most of us have years of poor posture and soft tissue damage -- tight, wrought with injury, slumping while texting, and many other bad habits that over time, lead to tightness and a host of other mobility issues.
  • WHERE: Breaking the body down into 14 distinct areas, Dr. Starrett is known for demonstrating and teaching hundreds of mobilization techniques to resolve restrictions and reclaim mobility.
  • WHY: Leopards are naturally supple. Humans, eh, not so much! But that doesn’t mean we can’t work to have the full range of proper motion to perform better physically. It can be as simple as learning to do some stretching before going to bed!