With every movement our joints require both mobility and stability. Mobility is the ablility to move unrestricted through the intended range of motion (ROM), and stability is the ability to control the movement. you can't have one without the other.
However, when it comes down to putting weight on your back, whether it's carrying a child, bags of shopping or a barbell, you need another attribute. That magic attribute is called stability.
Flexibility and mobility are useful for placing you in a good position from which to move. But with weight on your back, to reduce the risk of injury, you have to be able to keep that good position throughout the movement.
Don't believe me? Next time you do a push up, record yourself and see if you collapse in your spine around the lumbar or scapular. If you do, then you're most likely lacking stability of the spine. So while the ability to move your spine is critical, you also need the ability to stabilise and lock it into position. The result will be that you can lift more weight safely, and ultimately get stronger.
Below are three movements you can perform to make sure you have the necessary stability to go along with your spine's mobility and flexibility.
Add these movements to your training program either as fillers after a big lift (perform the movement between your sets) or into your warm up before your go into your big lifts.
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