By Coach Krista Kelly
Flexibility is defined as “the quality of bending easily without breaking.” The problem with just focusing on stretching or flexibility is that you only work on lengthening muscle groups. When we just focus on lengthening the muscles, we are not refining our muscle control or improving our range of motion, and we are not working on moving more easily or preventing injuries.
Mobility is defined as “the ability to move or be moved freely and easily.” Mobility requires the application of flexibility. It requires the control of motor skills, the movement of joints and soft tissue and it requires coordination and precision. As Crossfitters, we strive for virtuosity in our movements, when we Improve our mobility, our movements begin to look effortless.
3) THE BOTTOM LINE
Mobility should be a proactive approach, not a reactive approach. Many athletes don’t consider spending time working on mobility outside of class until they are injured. If there are movements that are difficult, look at why they are difficult. Many times mobility is the answer. The better range of motion we have, the more easily and efficiently we move. Often times, injuries stem from poor movements, so take the time to mobilize and work on perfecting the movements. Be proactive not reactive.