The Top 10 Hypermobile Exercise Mistakes to Avoid


Learn how to exercise your hypermobile body with confidence that you're "doing it right" by avoiding the most common mistakes that cause pain and subluxations

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Exercise with hypermobility doesn't have to be painful.

Most of us zebras understand that exercise is critical to helping our hypermobile joints feel more stable.  

But so often, we struggle with pain AFTER exercise, which makes it hard to know what we did wrong to fix it in the future. This leads to a vicious cycle of avoiding exercise, loosing strength and stability, and more pain. 

As a Physical Therapist and Pilates instructor with hEDS (hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome), I've experienced these pitfalls myself many times!   

Thankfully, I've learned  what WORKS and what doesn't work for hypermobile bodies.  

I created this guide highlighting the most common movement errors I see, that are actually quite EASY to solve once you know what to look for! 


If you've experienced....

  • Frustration due to pain after exercise 
  • Confusion about "the right way" to do common exercises 
  • Overwhelm about how to choose the best exercise for your hypermobile body
  • Been told you just need to work out harder or push through your pain 

This guide is for YOU! 



Hi! I'm Dr. Melissa Koehl

I'm a Physical Therapist and Pilates instructor, and I live with hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS). 

Growing up, I was a high level gymnast until I experienced a career ending stress fracture to my lower back.  This was not surprising since I was the bendiest of all the gymnasts I was competing with,  and often got extra points for "tricks" that showcased my flexibility.  

After leaving gymnastics, I started to experience even more pain that intuitively I felt it was important to build back the type of strength I had as a gymnast. This alone wasn't quite enough to manage my symptoms, so I also studied Pilates and Yoga, which added another layer of understanding and awareness. 

As I studies each of these exercise methods in detail, I learned my body was different than others and I had to do things in a different way to avoid injury.  

As a physical therapist, I thankfully learned the rehabilitation and pain management tools I needed to address pain and injuries as they came up (which they sure did!  Ever get seriously injured by a massage?  Me too...) 

I understand the struggle, frustration and despair of hypermobility and chronic illness.  Thankfully, there are things you can do that REALLY help, and it's my passion to share what I've learned with my fellow zebras in order to feel strong, stable and in control of their bodies. 




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The Top 10 Hypermobile Exercise Mistakes to Avoid