Are the terms Mobility and Flexibility interchangeable? Before we discuss that, let’s take a look at the definition of both:
Mobility: the ability to move or be moved freely and easily
Flexibility: the quality of bending easily without breaking
Simply by definition, they are not interchangeable. They are however easily swopped out for each other. Training flexibility and training mobility are two totally different beasts! Both need to be respected and practiced.
An example of training mobility is the “Overhead Squat”. Being able to retract your shoulder blades, expanding your thoracic cavity, extending your thoracic and lumbar spine, breathing into the belly, as our hips, knees and ankles flex, preventing our head from protruding out in front of our shoulders. Total body engagement and awareness.
An example of improving flexibility is the splits. Flexibility is about breathing and relaxing into a stretch, allowing gravity or an external force to open or a close a joint by relaxing the muscle that is preventing that joint from going through it’s full range of motion.
There are books, websites, and studies on this topic… My intention is for you to see a quick glimpse of the similarities and differences. And invite you to include both in your training.