STRETCHING VS MOBILITY, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

Stretching vs Mobility What Is the Difference?

Have you ever wondered what the difference between stretching and mobility is? These two words are often confused and sometimes used in the wrong settings. Stretching refers to the ability of your soft tissue to elongate to the maximum length possible. Mobility, on the other hand, can refer to various different things as it relates to ease of movement, part of which includes flexibility.

FIND OUT WHAT IS STRETCHING VS MOBILITY AND THEIR BENEFITS

IMPORTANT FOR MUSCULAR FITNESS

If you’re starting a new fitness regimen, and you’re hitting gym consistently, you’re going to need to apply both stretching and mobility into your daily life as a way to prevent injury and recover quicker from training sessions. Most people assume that if you’re feeling muscle tightness, a good stretch is all you need in order to relieve the tension.

And while stretching has a time and place in this matter, it should not be your first option.

Consistent training and physical stress can eventually lead to scar tissue building up on your joints and ligaments. Also, muscles can form “knots” which lead to even more tenseness.

Immediately applying stretching to these areas do very little to undo the scar tissue and knots. In fact, the added stress from the pulling motion of stretching could cause the problem areas to retract and tighten more. This is why mobility work such as myofascial release is ideal in situations like this.

A prime example would be to apply deep tissue massage or foam rolling to tight hips. This breaks up the scar tissue/knots and ultimately relieves the tension you’re feeling. Then and only then, should you begin gentle stretching to allow for more flexibility.

PREVENT INJURY

A myofascial release can be done using various tools such as rolling on a foam roller, lacrosse ball or rubber trigger balls. This learning the different techniques can not only help you prevent injury, but it can also save you from having to spend large amounts of money on costly physiotherapy sessions.

ANTHONY HILL, FOUNDER

Anthony Hill

When you put together the sum total of my 30 years of bodybuilding training, the contests, the vast array of diets I have experimented (tortured) myself with as well as the experiences I have been through with various training partners in the gyms I have trained in all over the world, it’s been a great ride and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to do lots of personal training for private clients alongside my day job. For a few years during my 30’s, I moved to Asia and worked as the Fitness Manager and head personal trainer at one of Thailand’s leading gyms in Bangkok. Learn More

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