How much range of motion do you actually need?

January 21, 2014

Flexibility (mobility) is oft-neglected in the world of fitness. Many of us who stretch are doing it wrong. And often people are stretching (mobilizing) the right thing for the wrong reason, or in a counterproductive way. Take the classic reach-to-your-toes stretch. This stretch isn’t mobilizing a functional, useful, real-world position. Who cares if you can touch your toes if your spine is horribly bent and broken?

In this video, Kelly discusses some useful benchmarks to assess your hip, hamstring, and ankle range-of-motion. Can you touch your toes while keeping a straight, rigid spine? Or squat all the way to the ground with your feet together, heels on the ground?  Neither can I.