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Stability, Mobility and Why It’s Huge For Your Fitness

Ok, so I kind of covered this in the previous “P90X2 Is Easy Post” but the following video kind of simply and awesomely lays out the differences between stability and mobility– and since there’s still questions as to why stability and mobility are so important and why it’s pretty much the dominating force in P90X2’s Phase I, here’s to tackling that with gusto and a little help.

The fancy-pantsed breakdown which would read something like this…

“Improving stability/mobility phase is focused to “develop postural stability throughout the kinetic chain without compromising mobility at any point in the chain”… IE, “the parts that should be stable are stable, and the parts that move should move correctly”… Too mobile in a stable spot or too stable in a mobile spot leads to… compensated movements [overcorrection or overcompensation incorporation of surrounding tissues] when performing complex exercises or using advanced equipment, leading to greater risk of injury…”

…But then I’d lose you if I haven’t already and I want you here for the long haul, Friend.

A lot of p90X2 Phase I “hows and whys” are covered in layman’s terms via “P90X2’s Other Big Deal: Stability Training” but here’s a fantastic video by Dr. Mark Cheng explaining stability vs. mobility in visual detail. Visual detail that may give you more insight on why you still can’t touch your toes.

So there you have it and now you know. Don’t shirk Phase I and skip to the crazy stuff in Phases II & III. Phase I is there for a reason and I’ve seen plenty of “fit-looking” people who could invest in Stability and Mobility Big-Time.

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  1. Alan Fowler says:

    Great stuff. I never thought of the mobility v. stability concept.

    • Coach Dan V. says:

      Thanks, Alan! Dr. Mark Cheng does a series of these human movement videos and each one has its own very cool little nuggets of info. I’m a big fan of understanding this aspect with these programs — so many injuries come about by overlooking stability and mobility and making sure they’re synched up.

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