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AvatarKatie Hemphill

My opinion might be a little skewed, as I started BSL after watching the entirety of the available MobilityWOD over the course of a year or so and obsessing about the information, but I didn’t really find the book poorly organized.

The first few chapters go through the principles of movement that govern the biomechanics you’re trying to enhance. The next few chapters cover major strength and conditioning movements in detail, including fixes for common faults, and the next few chapters get into the specific mobilizations for different areas of the body.
In terms of providing too much information, I think it’s important to realize that the MWOD and BSL aren’t meant to be mindless roadmaps towards a result, but also a tool to familiarize yourself with the “why” of it. Quite frankly, if you have a poor grasp of the “why”, you’re not going to do a very good job of taking care of your issues. It’s meant to instil a sense of mastery over your biomechanics, and that means understanding what’s going on to some degree.
It’s also important to remember the MWOD’s roots when criticizing the organization of the videos. It was just a video a day, shot on Kelly’s phone, talking about some things CrossFit athletes can do to improve their mechanics, reduce pain, and perform better. It kind of exploded after that, and the last few years have shown a tremendous improvement in the way Kelly delivers his content as the MobilityWOD  transitioned from just a video blog into what it is now. BSL, too, represents this transition, a first real attempt at organizing and streamlining all the information that came out of the first year or two of the MWOD.

I’m not trying to play K-Start Nut Hugger here, but when criticizing his stuff I think it’s important to keep in mind that the system is new and very much in flux as the sample its being tested on grows and grows.
That said, there are obviously some short-comings to the whole experience. To watch a MobilityWOD video and properly consume the information requires a pretty strong grasp of the lingo, as the system has its own jargon; and that’s important, because normal people are going to respond better to terms like “smash” than “self myofascial release”. And yeah, Kelly talks pretty fast, but I think the content from the last couple years has seen him develop a pretty good on-screen personality and cadence that makes the videos much more watchable overall.
And I do agree with you, Bjoern, that it would be ideal to have a clear and basic template for beginners getting started with self-mobility, something that simplifies the concepts, takes out some of the advanced techniques, and streamlines the approach. But in the end, the more advanced thinking and techniques will be required for long-term development. An idea there would be to have some sort of level system built in (to BSL, in particular, as it represents the curriculum). I think it’s already there, implicitly, but there could stand to be more “if you’re a beginner, try this first!”
Even as the system becomes more fine-tuned, however, success in implementing the knowledge and techniques therein will require the individual to work hard to familiarize themselves with the basic theory and practice the crap out of the mobilizations and movement techniques. No amount of reading will substitute the self-exploration piece of the puzzle. So much of this has to be realized through trial and error, through self-experimentation, and a deliberate effort to improve the skill of self-maintenance.
If anyone read this to the end, kudos. It’s probably the most disorganized thing I’ve ever written.
tldr; Don’t be so hard on the MWOD. It’s still new. Obviously some things could be changed, but try to be constructive about it. Even then, it takes a lot of practice to get good at actually making change.