Mobility vs. Stability

Written by: Dave Trough


I often look at my clients as either mobility-centric clients or stability-centric clients. First, we must discuss what the difference is between mobility and stability. Mobility is having the ability to move freely and easily. This means that we move without restriction; we can move from point A to point B without compensating. 

 As human beings, we are amazing at adapting. However, if we stop expressing certain ranges of motion (e.g. squatting, hinging, etc.), then eventually we develop compensatory movement patterns that result in certain muscles becoming restrictive and tight. This hinders our ability to move freely and easily.

For a client lacking mobility, we focus on stretching and fascial work. This helps  mobilize the tight and restrictive muscles and eventually allows the client to move freely and easily without pain. For mobility clients, I highly recommend booking a Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) session. FST is a table-based manual therapy that systematically targets mobilizing fascial nets, allowing for a far broader mobility benefit than individual muscle stretching. 

Stability is the body’s ability to maintain postural equilibrium and support joints during movement. Some clients who do not suffer from mobility restriction are in need of developing more stability. If certain movements do not feel balanced, if your joints are improperly loaded, or if your movement patterns feel unstable or unpredictable, then you may be more of a stability client.

For a client lacking stability, we focus on retraining their bodies’ neuromuscular connection, training primal movement patterns, and correcting imbalances. These clients benefit the most from resistance training. I highly recommend 1-on-1 personal training / kinesiology for any client who is in need of stability, as the proper technique is crucial to helping retrain the body's primal movement patterns and, ultimately, restoring health.

Very few clients are purely mobility or stability clients, but instead a mix of both. That being said, being aware of what areas clients need to focus more for mobility and what areas need more focus for stability allows for them to optimize their experience and  their results. You are likely somewhere in the middle; you may have some areas that you feel are restrictive and not free to move easily, and other areas that you feel are weaker or unstable. The idea is that a great mobility program and strength training program working cohesively together will provide the body with optimal results and health. 

If you have any questions about fascial stretch therapy or resistance training, please contact me for more information.

Dave Trough is a certified Fascial Stretch Therapist, CrossFit Trainer, Small Group Training Specialist, and a Personal Trainer with a Human Kinetics degree. Dave cares about helping his clients reach their goals during their fitness journeys, including but not limited to: muscle gain; weight loss; increasing energy levels; making healthier lifestyle choices; and physical rehabilitation.

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