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FMS – The S Stands for Systems

FMS is More Than a Screen

I recently attended the Perform Better Summit, and once again it was great. After each seminar or workshop I always try to think of the one biggest takeaway that I got from that particular event. After this summit I was most excited about how the FMS team is starting to talk more about the system.

I think we all the know the FMS as the Functional Movement Screen, but what most people don’t realize is that the FMS screen is part of a bigger FMS. Functional Movement Systems.

The FMS screen is just one part of a bigger system including the SFMA, Y Balance Test, and FCS. Let me quickly explain each one of these integral parts of the system.

Functional Movement Screen (FMS) – The FMS is the foundation screen in which the rest of the system was created. The FMS is your pre participation screen to see what your clients should and shouldn’t be doing. For the most part, the FMS should be done with people who are NOT in pain going into the screen. The goal of the FMS is to find any painful or dysfunctional movement patterns in order to make sure you don’t make things worse with a fitness or training program. There are different breakout screens for each of the movements in the FMS if you want to dig deeper into finding out how to quickly fix a compensatory pattern. The FMS is not a tool used to diagnose pain. That is what the SFMA is for.

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) – The SFMA is an assessment system used by clinicians to dig deeper when client are in pain. When a trainer finds pain on the FMS it is great to have someone on the same page to talk with to be able to effectively help your clients. The FMS and SFMA compliment each other well as part of a bigger system. When a client has a SFMA clinician and an FMS trainer you can bet they are in good hands.

Y Balance Test (YBT) – I originally learned about the Y Balance Test quite a few years ago, but never really dug too deep into using it. Honestly, I said that I don’t want to use something that required another kit. That was a stubborn way to think, because the Y Balance is definitely worth the price of the kit. The biggest knock on the FMS is that it’s not comprehensive enough. Most people who say that don’t fully understand the screen, but in some ways those people are correct. Gray said over the weekend to think of the FMS as more of the mobility test and the YBT as more of the stability test. After doing just a few Y Balance Tests in the last week, I can already tell this information is the missing link for those few people who score satisfactory on the screen, but you can tell still need work. There’s not much more I can say about it at this time because I’m still a rookie, but you can bet I’ll be mastering the YBT in the near future.

Fundamental Capacity Screen (FCS) – The newest addition to the system as a whole is the FCS. This is more of your performance testing when needed. Once your clients are pain free, have cleared the FMS, and have acceptable Y Balance Scores, the FCS screen comes into play. This is honestly brand new stuff, and the company is still setting the standards, but I think this is a great compliment to the system. With the addition of the FCS, you have a screening and placement system from people that are broken down and in pain with the SFMA, all the way up to high performers with the FCS.

Those are quick explanations that really don’t do the entire system much justice. I highly recommend checking out and look into taking a course to get certified. That way you can start using a system with your practice, because things start to become clearer and easier the better the systems you use.




– Steve Long


PS – If you are thinking of becoming FMS Certified and want to do the online study course we have a great deal for you. Due to our great relationship with FMS we have secured a 10% discount for you on the FMS HSC. Just use coupon code SGT10 at checkout for the special SGT discount.

Here is a link to the FMS Home Study Course

Do What You Do, Get What You Get

We had the privilege of having Steve and Jared visit us up here and participate in one of our team meetings here at Get Fit NH. The hour and a half we spent reviewing the FMS and getting input on the way these two experts score was worth its weight in gold. As we went over each screen in detail and as Jared screened Nancy, each of us also scored the screen. After each of the 7 movement patterns we compared our scores with Steve and Jared’s. If you ever have the chance to do this I would highly recommend it, no matter how good you think you are at the FMS. We learned a lot, and we have been doing this a long time.

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At our informal “Q&A,” after the screen was complete, we got into the inevitable discussion about correctives, and Jared said something that really hit home.

“If the correctives you are doing are not working after a couple of weeks, they probably aren’t going to. You need to find what does.”

We then discussed strategies on how to break out the pattern further to identify what the issue is. You can see an example for the ASLR here:

But back to the money quote “If the correctives you are doing are not working after a couple of weeks, they probably aren’t going to.”

Another way to put it is the title of this article.

“Do What You Do, Get What You Get”

That is not just true of movement patterns, but really it’s about all of life. You can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results than what you have been getting.

We see it with our clients all the time, right?

Sally wants to lose weight, but she won’t change the way she eats.

Mike knows he needs to get more sleep, but he won’t turn off the TV at night.

Krystal says she wants to get stronger, but she also keeps picking up the “baby” weights.

Kind of low hanging fruit to be critical of, isn’t it? But think about it. They come to you because you can help coach them through their challenges. They need your help.

And are we as coaches really any different?

We want better businesses, to make more money, to have more time freedom, and to get awesome results with all our clients.

So are you getting the help you need?

Look, I’ll admit it. For the first few years of my career I thought I knew it all when it came to program design and getting better results for clients. And we did a pretty good job. But I think one of the best skills we can have as coaches is knowing that there is always someone smarter than you, and if you study the way they do things, you can get smarter too. You don’t have to reinvent everything.

That’s why when Precision Nutrition offered their Level 1 and Level 2 nutrition coaching courses we took them. They were doing nutrition coaching better than we were.

And that’s also why we have worked with mentors like Pat Rigsby and Fitness Consulting Group. They know more about running a successful business than we do.

That’s why we changed our screening procedure when we learned about the FMS. They were doing assessments better than we were.

That’s why when Smart Group Training was started, we started adopting SGT methodology. They did it better than we were doing it.

Admitting that someone does something better than you doesn’t diminish you as a coach, it makes you better as a coach. And if you don’t want to get better, do us all a favor and consider doing something else.

So here’s the challenge.

Pick one way today you can break out of any “Do What You Do, Get What You Get” pattern you may be trapped in.

And if you want to get better at training your clients, you owe it to yourself and to them to become an SGT Certified Facility. The next few years are going to be crazy in this industry, as poor trainers get weeded out and excellence rises to the top. Your competition is getting better, are you?

Make It Happen!

Coach Dean

Facebook Check In Contest – How to Verify Check Ins

Facebook Check In Contest

After my most recent blog post, I quickly found out that finding the number of Facebook check in’s someone has on Facebook was tricky. It’s actually pretty easy if you know what you’re doing. I’m going to show you a simple way to check how many times you’ve checked in to a business.

Facebook Check In prizes can create quite the hype in your business. It’s pretty cool to get on social media on a daily basis and see your gym on the feed ALL THE TIME! It’s very simple to do this as well. Check back to the post I’m talking about to see the prizes we give to our members.

You can find it here:

Here is the simple step-by-step process to find out how many times someone has checked in. I’m going to keep it real simple, so just pick up your phone and follow along.

Verifying a Facebook Check In

  1. Go to your Facebook App and open Facebook on your cell phone
  2. Go to the bottom right hand corner and tap “more”
  3. Next, click on your name to go to your personal profile
  4. From deer, go to the about tab and give it a click
  5. Scroll down to the places section and click on it
  6. BOOM! Check the “Visited” section and you’re all set.

This is a simple step process to give your business some Facebook exposure. Set it up tomorrow, confirm your clients are actually marketing for you, and get yourself some new clients from this little tip 🙂

Do you currently run a facebook check in program? Have you in the past? Let us know your experience with running facebook check in contests or programs with your clients. We have had great success with what we have done, but I’m sure someone can add to this? What are your thoughts?