What is the Functional Movement Screen?

June 9, 2017 by Bronson Dant

How important is movement?

Imagine a bicycle that could only turn it’s pedals half way around. Think of how frustrating it would be to get on a roller coaster that only went half-way up the ride. Consider how far you could drive your car if the steering wheel only turned ¾ of the way.

Objects moving in the fullest ability they were designed to move in, enable us to function on a daily basis. We deal with movement everyday and we don’t even think about it.

Unfortunately this means that many times the movement that matters the most is left unattended and becomes a limitation instead of an enabler.


How you move determines how you live.

Your ability to move your body in its full range of motion and the quality of movement you posses directly translates to your ability to perform well, feel well, and enjoy more things in life.

If your hamstrings are tight, you probably have back pain. If your shoulders have poor mobility, you could have shoulder impingement, or tear your rotator cuff. If you don’t have good posture you tend to be more tired, and less able to participate in physical activities. When you do, you run a

higher risk of injuring yourself.

What is movement, or “mobility”

Mobility is the ability to move your body in it’s fullest ranges of motion, properly and with sound body mechanics.

What that means in regular people talk is, if you are mobile, you can perform any movement you may need to perform, with the strength and technique to do it without hurting yourself.

Mobility is a combination of flexibility and strength throughout your whole body.


How do I know if I’m Mobile?

There are numerous tests that you can do on your own. Some of them are simple. Can you bend over and touch your toes without overly rounding your back or bending your knees?

Other tests have been developed to screen for specific movement and identify limitation in those movements. Once such test is called the Functional Movement Screen.

What is the FMS?

The FMS is a screening tool designed to identify compensatory movement patterns that are indicative of increased injury risk and inefficient movement that causes reduced performance

Plainly, it is a screen that we use to set a mobility baseline for a member. This allows us to put a plan in place to help them get better. It also give us something to compare in the future to gauge progress and success. Improvement in the screen translates to improvement in workouts and a greater ability to engage in activities outside the gym.

We have coaches that are trained in this screen and we offer it to all our members. A member’s ability to perform these movements gives us the roadmap to success. We can provide the proper coaching to help them succeed as quickly as possible.

We want to have the clearest picture of your fitness, and evaluating your mobility is one of the biggest pieces to that puzzle.

7 specific movements that act as the basis for all the other movements we do. If you can perform these well, you should be able to perform well in almost any activity.

You will get a score and recommendations from each screen you do. Use the recommendations to improve your FMS score, thereby increasing your overall mobility. It makes planning your goals a lot easier.

We will offer this screen to all members for FREE until the end of July 2017. After that it is $20 per screen. We suggest getting a screen every 4-6 months. (If you know your’e doing what you need to to improve)

Remember fitness is movement. We want you to exercise, eat right, and move well. We try to make as many tools available as we can to help keep your overall fitness level on track. This is another one of those tools.

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