Updated: Jun 3, 2020
Today let’s talk about the difference between flexibility and mobility. To this day, those two terms are most often used interchangeably, when in reality, they are not the same thing. In fact, flexibility cannot always act as the best predictor of mobility.
To avoid further confusion, let’s first define each term:
FLEXIBILITY refers to the ability of your muscle to temporarily stretch & lengthen.
MOBILITY refers to being able to move your joint through its full range of motion (ROM) without experiencing any discomfort.
Another way to think about it is having the necessary strength to control yourself through a range of motion.
When it comes to the average person, most people tend to have some basic flexibility in their bodies, but completely lack the mobility to express themselves through that full ROM.
Does that mean muscle flexibility is suddenly non-imperative when it comes to having good joint mobility?
Not at all.
After all, your hamstrings do need to stretch in order for you to be able to touch those toes. However, muscles cannot just be stretched to increase ROM, they must be patiently and consistently trained to become stronger in a larger ROM.
What does that mean exactly?
It means that:
A) Results driven stretching workouts are NOT easy and relaxing;
B) Stretching exercises must go hand in hand with tension challenge
Hold your favorite static position for 8-10 counts, then turn it into a dynamic exercise by moving actively through the ROM. Think of those deadly variations of “petit and grand battements” we do in FLEXSPACE classes, using maximum effort and leg height.
Mobility importance will be covered in greater detail in one of our next posts.
What is your current flexibility/mobility routine? Let us know!