BY MASON MARTINI
It’s commonly known that both flexibility and mobility are equally important factors in facilitating proper joint mechanics, but what’s less often mentioned is the influence these factors may have on overall strength production when improved upon. In short, range of motion is dictated by the ability of our joint capsules to move within their respective joint, as well as muscles being able to extend or stretch through a particular motion.
Why is this important? Well, it is scientifically proven that muscles are damaged or stressed when undergoing extension specifically, a phenomenon known as Eccentrically Induced Muscle Damage (E.I.M.D). In conclusion, as mobility improves throughout the body and muscles begin to more efficiently lengthen through extension, we can anticipate a more impactful stress to be imposed on these soft tissues as we move through the motions of our exercises!
So, what should we do? Stay consistent on your static stretches and mobility drills to assist your body’s capability to strengthen through these practices!
Mason Martini is a personal trainer at Razor Sharp Fitness. To learn more, visit razorsharpfit.com/meet-fitness-trainers.