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As with many things in the fitness industry, there are a lot of misconceptions about the topic of stretching. A common question we hear is, “Is stretching bad for you?” There are people that talk ad nauseum about how it’s so good for you and say that you should do it every day. Then, there are others who say it’s not necessary, or worse, that it’s bad for you. Who’s right? Let’s discuss this.
Bad stretching is bad for you. Or rather, bad practices in stretching are what’s actually bad for you. Your body does need stretching, but it’s something you need to get used to doing, and you need to do it the right way. What does that mean exactly?
Stretching is important for your body, and it's a part of the mobility practice that we share with our clients. However, it’s not the end-all, be-all. Stretching is not the only thing you should focus on. You should be stretching in some...
A common misconception about the word mobility is that it means someone is flexible. This is actually an inaccurate definition. To have mobility is not about flexibility, and it’s also not about strength - though both of those elements are components of mobility. It’s about range of motion. Mobility defined is the ability of a joint to move actively through a range of motion, and for the body to be stable while completing that motion.
Just because you are flexible or strong doesn’t mean you’re stable. Picture someone trying to reach for an item and being off balance. While they can stretch their limb without pain, if they don’t have mobility, they are not stable enough to do it without falling or becoming imbalanced.
A lot of injuries can occur due to a lack of mobility. If you overextend yourself while working out, or even just doing day to day activities, you can become injured. Your joints can be hyper-extended, your tissues and muscles...
Functional movement is a phrase used by gym trainers and both big and small facilities. It’s a phrase I don’t really like because of the misconceptions about what it means. People will call something a functional movement class or exercise, and they use it as a buzzword, without explaining what functional movements are.
Functional movements are those movements that help us with everyday life. For example, an athlete needs to be able to bend, squat, run, leap, etc… These are all functional movements. A mom at home needs to be able to bend over to pick up her kids or squat down to empty the dishwasher. So a functional movement is something you need to be able to do in daily life.
Your functional movements are core-centric. A great example of one is the squat. This is actually a resting position. Interestingly enough, as children, most people are able to easily perform this movement. Then, as we age, we become less able to squat if we’re not...