A good reason why people can never achieve optimal results through the use of resistance training is because of their inflexibility. In particular, this is mainly a concern for women, where length of muscles to achieve a slender and toned physique is desired, instead of shortened, stocky muscles. How else does flexibility play a roll in your fitness goals? Well…
1. Being able to move muscles throughout their normal Range of Motion is important. If it takes more energy to move a muscle over a longer distance, then it must require the expenditure of more calories compared to a shorter range.
2. Having tight muscles in one area not only limits the ability of that muscle to contract appropriately, but also inhibits the corresponding muscle group through a process called Recipricol Inhibition. For example, if you have extremely tight quads and hip flexors, it is going to be very difficult to activate your glutes properly in order to build and sculpt a nice rear end!
3. Lack of flexibility is one of the leading causes for joint and tendon injuries right behind overall decreased fitness level (being overweight or obese). Injuries yield limitations, limitations inhibit optimal results. Stay healthier to train more intensly and more often!
***This week, I will be posting a video describing how to mobilize the most common sites of tightness, and lengthen those muscles to improve your body in all three stated areas above!***