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Flexibility VS. Mobility

Flexibility and mobility. Although similar terms, there is a difference in what one does vs the other. I use the term vs because although sometimes they can close like siblings and help each other out, one can also impede the other from doing its job. For example I can have great hamstring flexibility but poor hip joint mobility which will affect the hip functionality. If you can touch your toes with straight legs, then that is an example of great hamstring flexibility. However, if you can't squat to 90 degrees (or slightly above or below), or if you can't do a hurdle step (normally a dynamic warm up drill. Find reference on YouTube) then that is a sign possible of poor hip mobility.

So, poor mobility can directly affect flexibiltity in the same region or somewhere else in your kenetic chain. I would suggest implementing both mobility and dynamic and static drills/stretches before, during and after your workout (you don't have to include in all moments, this is just a suggestion). By doing this you will take out the VS and replace it with a more harmonious term like &.

Flexibility refers to the range of motion in a joint or group of joints, while mobility refers to the ability to move and control that range of motion. In general, flexibility is more about static stretches that hold a position for a certain amount of time, while mobility involves dynamic stretches and exercises that involve movement.

For your training, it is generally recommended to focus on both flexibility and mobility. However, the specific emphasis may vary depending on your goals and needs. If you are an athlete or participate in activities that require a lot of movement and power, you may want to prioritize mobility (or dynamic stretching). On the other hand, if you are more interested in maintaining or improving flexibility for activities such as yoga or dance, you may want to focus more on static stretches.

It is also important to consider any imbalances or limitations you may have, as addressing these can help to improve overall movement and prevent injuries. Consulting with a fitness professional or physical therapist can help you determine the appropriate balance of flexibility and mobility training for your individual needs.

Using tools like the Kinvent dynamometers and accelerometers can help identifying specific limitations which your coach can use to prescribe the optimal corrective exercises.

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The ideal scenario is to have both. If you are able to achieve both of these then you will see the greatest performance gains.

Have fun, stay fit, move athletic.

Coach Ryan

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