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Performing and Scoring the FMS

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.


More Than One Way to Skin a Cat

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “there’s more than one way to skin a cat.” It’s a popular phrase used to help illustrate a point. Simply put, it means that there are multiple ways to accomplish a task. In most scenarios, there usually are multiple ways you can accomplish a task. If I were to observe two people cleaning a house, I’m sure there would be differences. However, the end result will be the same…a clean house. Sure the two people may take a different approach to how they clean, but that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that the end result is a clean house.

The same concept goes for corrective exercise. Once again, “there’s more than one way to skin a cat.” You don’t always have to follow the exact same approach to get the desired outcome. I tend to have a set of go-to exercises to fix certain movement patterns; however, I don’t always have to use those specific exercises. I have an arsenal of exercises I can use to fix each major movement pattern. Over the past few years, I’ve created an extensive database of corrective strategies I’ve had success with. This database is nice to have at my disposal, but it doesn’t really mean anything without a proper screening system.

Overhead Deep Squat – Performing and Scoring the FMS

The overhead deep squat is one of the most commonly used screens or assesments used in the fitness industry.  Many people look at in different ways, but the FMS makes it simple. Learn how to perform the overhead deep squat, and quickly score it below.

Remember, the overhead deep squat is the LAST movement you would correct on the functional movement screen, so don’t start out trying to fix this movement if there are other 1’s on the screen. Fix anything else first

Check out our upcoming series called “Red to Green” to learn how to correct the movements on the FMS, and get your clients more efficient and injury free as possible.