Why People With Hypermobility Should Do Weight Training
Updated: Feb 24, 2020
Okay, I’ve never been flexible. My body is like a piece of wood. It took me years to get to this level I’m at now, which is average. Why? It can be condensed to two things:
I wasn’t born flexible.
I didn’t care.
I still don’t stretch, but I mobilize now. I realized that being able to work through a full range of motion makes me a better athlete. Also, doing weight training gives you more flexibility, so it’s a win-win.
I think as long as you can work in the range of motion that your sport requires, then you’re flexible enough. Which means if you’re a powerlifter and you can squat to parallel or even an inch lower, you’re good. Don’t waste time on stretching.
On the other hand, if you can’t get under the bar because of your tight shoulder/lat/wrist, then it’s time to do some extra work.
What about dancing, yoga and other performance sports where bendiness is essential?
When you look at a yoga class or a dance show you’ll see extremely bendy people. Sure, those folks like to do that and maybe because some of them were already flexible so it seemed like an activity that would suit them, but still, it’s impressive. Although, even among flexible people there are hyperflexible or hypermobile individuals.
IIndividuals with extreme amounts of flexibility are often dubbed hypermobile. You can have a lot of flexibility and not actually be hypermobile—just ask world-class gymnasts and ballet dancers. To actually be classified as hypermobile, there is a test that assesses mobility at several joints called the Beighton Score. Here is a link for more info and to check yourself before you wreck yourself. Link
Why should hypermobile people do weight training?
The problem with hypermobility is the lack of stability. They can easily get hurt because they just can’t stop the movement in a stable position and the joint overshoots.
They also don’t feel pain when they stretch, so it’s even harder for them to realize when it’s time to stop the motion.