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Performing and Scoring the FMS

Rotary Stability Performing and Scoring the FMS

Our third video in the Performing and Scoring the FMS series we bring you the Rotary Stability. The rotary stability screen is one of the hardest movements to score a 3, and also one of the screens that is most commonly scored incorrectly.

This one isn’t as easy as the Active Straight Leg Raise Screen and Shoulder Mobility Screen because it’s more than just a measurement.  Make sure that you are scoring the rotary stability screen correctly by checking out our video below.

It’s that simple!

We make sure that all of our clients have at least symmetrical 2’s before doing most major lifts and especially any dynamic or power exercises.  Inability to perform 2’s on the rotary stability is an inability to control the “soft” or “inner” core, and the client would need more ground based core training before moving on to advanced exercises.

Check out the blog next week when we will bring you the Trunk Stability Pushup Screen to check that “hard” or “outer” core firing.

Shoulder Mobility Screen – Performing and Scoring the FMS

For our second video in our series on performing and scoring the Functional Movement Screen, we have the Shoulder Mobility Screen.

This is another easy screen that just involves a quick measurement.

Shoulder Mobility Screen
Shoulder Mobility Screen

Just to reiterate from the video above, use these measurements to score the Shoulder Mobility Screen.

0 = Pain on the screen or clearance test

1 = Distance between hands is greater than 1 ½ hand lengths

2 = Distance between hands is less than 1 ½ hands lengths, but greater than 1 hand length

3 = Distance between hands is less than 1 hand length.

That’s it! The Shoulder Mobility screen is simple and a great way to make sure your clients and athletes can press overhead and do other movements that require T-spine and shoulder mobility.

Active Straight Leg Raise – Performing and Scoring the FMS

Although getting FMS certified is the best way to learn the  active straight leg raise and the FMS, we understand that some people want to learn more about it before making the commitment.  With this series we will show you each movement on the Functional Movement Screen so that you have an idea of how the Functional Movement Screen is done.  If you want more information on the FMS check out or

With our first installment of Performing and Scoring the Functional Movement Screen we have the Active Straight Leg Raise. 

The active straight leg raise is the first movement that needs to be corrected on the FMS movement hierarchy so this is where we will start.

Each week we will release a new video with each movement on the screen, followed by a series of how to red light movements based on the FMS, and corrective stategies to get your clients from Red Light exercises to Green Light exercises, this will be HUGE for people that are want to use, or are currently using , the Functional Movement Screen.

So stay tuned for much more info an how to use the FMS, and how to incorporate the results into your small and large group training. This is something that we are truly passionate about, and love to teach to others.

If you want more information right now, we recommend two great resources.

To learn more about the Functional Movement Systems philosophies check out

If you want to learn specifically about how to incorporate the FMS into your group training systems, we have created a product based around how to get you to do just that in 7 days or less! Check it out by click the link.

The FMS is the best way to make sure you are training your groups smart, and by using it you are helping get the industry on the same page as to what to look for in movement patterns.

Let us know if you have questions about the active straight leg raise, the FMS or Smart Group Training, we are here to help!