Don't Underestimate Joint Mobility When Building Strength

When it comes to desired traits in fitness, raw strength and speed often overshadow mobility, or how well your joints move. Maybe you just don't think you're that "bend-y." Fortunately, it's a process that contributes to strength, and everyone can work on it.

Mobility is different from flexibility, and in general, having good range of motion lets you exercise and perform everyday movements (like getting off the couch or reaching behind something to plug it in) better. Mobility exercises, then, let you actively improve your strength, control of your body, and range of motion all at the same time. This video from Calisthenic Movements explains that if your joints move only in a small range, you are basically limiting the development of strength and muscle from your exercises. If you were ever to "accidentally" move beyond your limited range, you could hurt yourself, and no one wants that.

If you want to work mobility exercises into your routine, incorporate them into your pre-workout warm-up, or do a few simple drills on your rest day. To start, check out this awesome one for hip mobility (great for runners too!).

How Important Is Mobility? [Calisthenic Movement]


Comments

    you only have to look at the physique of gymnasts to see this is true.
    there is a website called gymnasticbodies.com which has extensive workout programs aimed at mastering skills, bu tthe process is about getting your body prepped for mobility, strength and flexibility.
    i had a mate attend a conference by the founder of the site too. and he was saying, some of the exercises he gets his athletes to do, arent supported by Physios because some of the target areas involve crucial ligaments and the sort, BUT!, hi athletes see way less injuries in high risk areas and now some physios are starting to take notice and look into what hes doing and then applying it to other sports to help athletes reduce injuries to problem areas.

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