There is more to fitness and being in shape then “Pure Strength”. So often we come to the gym, spend about 15 minutes in a warm-up and “stretch” the specific muscles we will be using for each movement we perform that day. BUT, is that enough?
Flexibility and Mobility matter!
You are going to have a hard time doing the movements if you cannot move in a way that allows your body to be in the right position. There is a difference between “flexibility” and “mobility”.
Flexibility: Is simply stated as the length of a muscle
Mobility: Is how the joint moves
We talk a lot about the importance of mobility but do we ever spend time on it outside of the box? I will use myself as an example. I have been having issues with my left knee. Pain in the back of the knee, even heard a pop running. I also had a lot of pain deep under my knee cap. I self-diagnosed myself with a meniscus tear. Finally, called the doctor and scheduled an MRI.
While I do have quite a bit of tendinitis in my quads and gastrocnemius which affect my knee, I also have a popliteal cyst which is small but is formed from fluid. Well, I was very excited and surprised that all my major tendons were intact!
Moral of the story, the doctor told me all of my issues were because my muscles and tendons were extremely tight. HE SAID YOU NEED TO STRETCH MORE AND CONSISTENTLY! So, 400 bucks later, I was told to work on my MOBILITY! GO FIGURE!