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Explaining the FMS to a group of “Boot Campers”

If you’re a coach and working with large groups of people, boot camps specifically, explaining the FMS and screening process is a vital skill to have. Incorporating a movement screen into a group training class can seem like a daunting task, but its honestly really easy. You just need to be prepared to answer the questions you’re going to get.

Most boot camp clients are there for results and don’t really care about anything but good ole fashioned hard work. This is where we step in and start educating our clients that quality vs. quantity will always prevail. Sure…quantity and hard work get results. I’m not sitting here and trying to say it doesn’t. However, when we keep stacking quantity on a dysfunctional pattern, we’re just setting ourselves up for failure.

Here is an article to use for your clients that need a little convincing to “buy in” to the Smart Group Training System and using the Functional Movement Screen.


Rotary Stability – Red to Green Series

Next in our Red to Green Series we bring you the Rotary Stability Screen. When someone has a 1 on the rotary stability screen it’s a sign that their inner or “soft” core is not optimally functioning. The client may either have poor timing of the core, overall weakness, or an asymmetry.

In this circumstance, we want to make sure that we red light power movements like cleans and snatches, and anything explosive like jumping or running. It’s also best to avoid a lot of hard bracing exercises until the have the ability to easilty fire the inner core (reflexive firing) before the outer core (bracing for load). Honestly, is best to keep these clients on the floor as long as possible until you get the rotary stability dialed in to 2’s on the FMS.

The good news is, we have a few great exercises to get your rotary stability dialed in, and a few exercises to challenge it once you do.

Learn how to perform and score the Rotary Stability Screen below

Getting Your Clients To “Buy In” to the System

One question that we often get asked is “how do you deal with the clients that don’t buy in to the system?”  There are two major things that I feel contribute to us hearing this question.

1)   You haven’t bought in yourself

2)   It’s hard for you to explain in ways that clients “get it”

My goal with this article is to give you a few reasons, explanations, and metaphors that will help you and your clients understand why they can’t ‘smash it” on certain exercises.

It’s Temporary – It’s extremely important that after you screen a client, find dysfunction, and tell them there are certain things that they can’t do, that you let them know this is temporary.  Screening and following the FMS Hierarchy will almost always point you to the right place when it comes to corrective strategy.  If this is the case, which means you screened correctly, and chose an appropriate exercise, your corrective strategy should work very quickly. Most cases the corrective strategy should work in as little as one session to a week. If not, you are most likely in the wrong place or using the wrong strategy. If you are having a hard time correcting a movement on the FMS, you may consider dropping down a level in the hierarchy, or referring to an SFMA clinician.

This Road Block Has Been Holding You Back – You have to give them some hope at this point because telling then it’s temporary isn’t going to get them pumped to train with you. Letting them know that you found something that has been holding them back from getting the results they have been working for is a great way to reassure them that the corrective exercises are a good idea.  Basically, let them know that when they remove the roadblock, they will get better results.


Everyone is familiar with hitting a plateau, and dysfunction is major contributor to plateau. Remove the dysfunction and decrease the plateau effect.  Let them know that if they have been “stuck” then corrective exercise can get them “unstuck”, as long as they don’t do anything that will cause them more harm than good.