What are Flexibility and Mobility
We use the term “flexibility” to refer to the total available range of motion around a joint. However, flexibility does not necessarily translate to moving well. We use “mobility” to express how well you can move through the appropriate functional range of motion for a joint within a given movement pattern.
Why Flexibility and Mobility Training Is Important
To get the most out of your body and training for life and sport, you must make flexibility and mobility training part of your workout program. In order to perform exercises or physical activities pain and injury-free, you need to have the appropriate level of flexibility and mobility to go through the full range of motion. If you don’t, you will either short-stroke the movement or force yourself through it. As a result, you could potentially injure yourself.
Mobility exercises are a great way to not only improve flexibility but optimize physical performance both in and out of the gym.
We highly recommend you pick up a copy of Kelly’s book, Becoming a Supple Leopard. It’s a funny title but an incredibly useful book–it really is the bible of mobility. We recommend to go through it first and then pick some of the exercises. You can find a guide for a few great flexibility exercises here.