Mobility and Stability: A better love story than Twilight

December 16, 2017


Whether you're an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, we want to be the best athlete we can be. We want to add 10lbs to our Clean and Jerk and we want to shave 45 seconds off of our Karen time. In order to do this, we have to remain healthy for long periods of time to get our training in. 


Health is, of course, multi-faceted. You need to train effectively, sleep adequately and fuel your body with the right nutrients for recovery. I'm not a dietician, an MD who studies sleep medicine, and I do not have CSCS credentials so I dare go into the details of the aforementioned. 


I do, however, feel I can use my credentials to provide information to athletes from an orthopaedic standpoint to make them a more functional, efficient athlete. 


Here at CrossFit 1827, you may notice our mobility classes are so much more than just mobility. We focus not only on mobility, but stability and motor control as well. These functions need to work in sync to create a healthy, functional individual. If you do not have mobility at the required joints, the body will go elsewhere (either upstream or downstream) to find that mobility. The same can be said about stability. Let’s take a closer look at how this might affect your movement





Now, obviously there are more than just 6 joints in the body and all joints have a mobility AND stability component. This is just meant to be a simple guide. Now, back to the mobility-stability relationship.


Lets us the hip as an example. The hip is a very mobile joint with large ranges of motion in 3 planes of movement. If during the squat you run out of hip flexion mobility you can A) stop your squat descent there and come back up, or B) look for ranges of motion elsewhere to drop into a deeper squat. Typically when we run out of hip flexion our brains look upstream for movement. We don’t want to jack up our acetabulum by impinging the hip, so we roll our pelvis’ posteriorly to create more flexion at the hip. This, however, rounds the lumbar spine, a stable joint. We have now sacrificed our stable lumbar spine in the name of hip mobility.


On the contrary, if we do not have stability or motor control, our brains realize this and will limit our mobility in order to protect us from injury. So if you mobilize and mobilize and do not see an improvement, perhaps try stabilizing the joint above or below and perhaps you might find the change you are looking for.


This is why mobility at CrossFit 1827 is so much more than mobility. You cannot have mobility without stability and vice versa. Stay healthy by understanding how these two functions work together! Come join us Thursday evenings at 7:30 to work on becoming a better athlete!








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