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What is Mobility and Why is it So Important?

Administrator April 16, 2019

By: Michael Gibbs, NP, MSN, MBA, CSCS, RYT-200

First, we would like to tell you our definition of mobility –And that is the ability to be able to move freely and easily in any manner that life or sport demands from your body.

If you are not mobile, you can’t move properly, and you will likely have pain and be predisposed to injuries. Even if you are completely healthy, if you are not mobile, the body will be limited in its ability to generate power. This means that athletic performance will suffer.
So, mobility is truly a critical component to life and sport.

Achieving mobility will make you better in every aspect of your life. Mobility is a combination of the following attributes:

  • Core Strength
  • Joint Mobility
  • Muscular Flexibility
  • Fascial Mobility

Core strength is important because if the core is not strong, an individual’s mobility will suffer. In the medical community, we say that proximal stability equals distal mobility. What we are really saying is that if the core is not strong, the body will intentionally limit mobility to protect itself from injuries.
Joint mobility refers to the range of motion of the joints.

Muscular flexibility refers to the length and elasticity of the muscles.

Fascial mobility refers to connective tissue surrounding the muscles.

A good mobility program addresses all these factors:

  • Functional Training enhances core strength
  • Joint range of motion and other movement prep exercises can enhance joint mobility
  • Good functional exercises and post workout stretching can increase muscular flexibility
  • Massage, Rolfing, or Foam rolling can enhance fascial mobility

We encourage everyone to think about mobility and incorporate methods to enhance mobility into their daily lives.

Elitefitnessnow.com provides online strength and conditioning programs. Mobility is integrated into all of our programs. These programs provide the user a program similar to what a professional athlete would receive at a low monthly price.


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