🔊Continuing on with our toe touch series...
🔺Why is mobility important and where should you be mobile?
📝Note: A common misconception to a poor toe touch is hamstring tightness, but the reality is there are so many other factors at play.
◾️Some people argue that as many as 40-50% of people that cannot do a toe touch, have nothing to do with hamstring tightness. Other things that can be involved are hip flexor mobility. If your hips can’t bend into that forward fold position, that will limit the distance you can flex the trunk to reach your toes. Looking at the back, your spine needs to be able to flex as well. If you have hypermobility in your spinal segments and back muscles, that will restrict you from reaching your toes, too.
🔺Now taking mobility out of the equation, it is just as important to look at stability in the movement.
◾️Why is stability important and where should you be stable?
📝Note: Stability is not the same as strength. Strength is how capable (strong) you are to resist a force or move an object. Stability, simply put, is more of an ability for your muscles to do what you want, when you want. Coordinating patterns and firing muscles in the right sequences.
🔺In a toe touch, you need to have stability in your core to get a good amount of flexion moving forward. That same stability needs to be present in your hip flexors to get into a good coordinated hip pattern to bend forward and shift the hips back. In order to have a good functional toe touch, all of these stability components must be addressed along with mobility.
◾️Check back tomorrow to see how we begin assessing each of these movements. @meyerfitness •
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