Client Handout: Why We Go The Extra Mile With FMS Screening

A lot of our readers really liked the article 10 Things Your Clients Should Know About Your Group Training Program.

This article was well received because it illustrated important things that we need our clients to know.  Educating clients on your training philosophies is huge. Handouts are just another great way to get them to absorb vital information that will lead to their success and higher retention.

If you are using the FMS to screen your clients, they typically have a lot of questions. Once again, this is a great time for a handout.  This is especially good if you are screening large groups, or have employees administering screens who may not be as good at explaining the philosophies as yourself.

Once again, feel free to copy, paste, modify, and use.  We want to make your group training easier by sharing what we have learned.  I hope this helps!!



Cutting Edge Training Philosophies

Movement training is groundbreaking, and something that most trainers are unfamiliar with, but is the foundation of training.  You have to learn to crawl before you learn to walk, and most trainers are having you run and jump without the ability to crawl.  It is imperative to build a solid functional base for your body to perform at your best.  You can’t build a mansion on a shack foundation.

Increase Efficiency to Increase Results

Your body is much less efficient with dysfunctional movement patterns and asymmetries in comparison to moving well. By using the screen, we can find your weakest link and improve it, this will help accelerate your results and break through plateaus because of increased efficiency.

If You’re Not Assessing You’re Guessing

 Without a screen, how do you know what exercises are right and wrong for your particular body.  The truth is, if you’re not assessing you’re guessing. With a screen, we can narrow our plan of attack down to exactly what your body needs to achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time.

 Decrease Risk of Injury

You can’t get results if you are hurt.  The screen allows us to see what your chance of injury may be, and allows us to program the best workout possible to make sure that you stay injury free.

Know That Your Program is Working For You

Scoring criteria allows you and your trainers to see if your movement patterns are improving, or if the training program is having a positive or negative effect on your baseline movement.  This way you know what is happening with your training based on fact.  This a great tool to add to body composition measurements to see your results.

Getting More Referrals From Doing Less

The other day, my business coach emailed me asking me what is working well in my business.  Honestly, the answer should roll right off my tongue, but for some reason, I was at a loss for words.  I started thinking about all the things I do that I’m proud of, all the things I KNOW I do well, all of the things that have helped get results, and all of the things that generated the most leads and clients.  After reflecting on all the things we do well, I have come to the conclusion that much of our real success has come from the things we DON’T do.

How can one generate more clients by doing less?  Doesn’t make much sense at first, but just hear me out.  A majority of our success comes from doing the best practices and finding solutions for our clients.  Sometimes this means referring clients to someone who can better help them at that particular point in their journey to better health.  I try never to cross the lines with what I should be doing vs. what I want to be doing.

What exactly does that mean?  Simply put, I’m a geek when it comes to proper movement and doing whatever is necessary to get someone moving better.  I go to extreme efforts to be the best at my craft; I truly want to be the guy that can help mobilize joints with my hands, release trigger points at will, and cure cancer with the touch of a finger. That being said, I know I’m not the best person, nor am I qualified with the proper credentials, to best handle clients with those specific issues.  This is the perfect time to refer those clients to the qualified professionals who specialize in those areas.

By doing this, your clients then realize you care about their success, they get better results along the way, and you’ve helped establish yourself as a true professional within the community.

This process takes time to establish; it means you’ll have to work hard to find people you can trust and who carry the same belief processes you do.  You’ll have to wait until your clients start getting results.  When all of this is finally in place…YOU GET REFERRALS!

Referrals will begin to come from multiple directions.  Your clients will start referring.  The law of reciprocity almost guarantees that you’ll be getting a steady stream of referrals from the professionals you’re currently referring your clients to.  Their friends start referring.

Sometimes doing less, really honing in on something that you’re passionate about, and doing that one thing better than anyone else makes a huge difference.  The point here is to find your niche and provide solid results.  After that, start networking to find professionals who can help you and your clients.  The foundation is solid to move forward from there.  Simply start referring your clients to help them achieve better results, and the referrals will start coming in each and every month like clockwork.

Group FMS Time Savers -Improving your Efficiency with Group Screens

At Complete Fitness Results, we’re pretty solid when it comes to being efficient with the FMS and our intake screening process.  Smart Group Training has taken on the task of improving the efficiency of the screen, while cutting back on the time needed to screen multiple people at the same time.  However, this HAS to be done without sacrificing the ability to properly score the screen.  If the accuracy of the screen goes away, it becomes worthless.  With that in mind, we need a plan of attack to stay consistent with scoring while being very efficient with time.

Group FMS Screen

Here are a couple of tips I give trainers and coaches to help improve the efficiency of the screening process if screening mulitiple people by themselves:

  • Take Tibia Height and Dominant Hand Length First – This is a simple step that can be done very quickly by lining everyone up and knocking them out all at once.
  • Have Multiple Kits Set Up – Personally, I like to use 2 kits when performing a screen on 2+ individuals.  Even if you only have 2 people, this process will help keep the screen time down, and it also helps the other person feel like they aren’t being watched by the other person being screened.
  • Don’t Overanalyze the Screen – The purpose of the screen is to identify painful patterns, asymmetries, and dysfuntional movement patterns.  Don’t over think things.  The biggest time waster seems to be in the Inline Lunge.  Don’t be afraid to score someone a 1 due to lack of ability to get into starting position.  All too often, I see coaches taking way too much time trying to get the person in the proper start position.  If they can’t get there and get there fairly quickly, MOVE ON.  That stuff will more than likely show later in the screen anyways.
  • Line Everyone Up While Screening the Push Up – I don’t go into too much detail with explaining hand position and difference between where guys vs. girls start.  Just line them up on the floor side by side and tell everyone to start with hands at jaw height.  When you come up to a guy, instruct them to move their hands up a couple inches.  Works well and saves time.
  • Test Contralateral Rotary Stability First – I like to begin with opposite arm and leg first.  Being pretty picky with rotarty stability (most people are too lenient here in my opinion), I see if they can knock out the contralateral version first.  If so, sweet.  Now I’ll take the time to go ipsilateral and try the same arm and leg.  Roughly, off the top of my head, I would guess that about 1/3 of our initial intakes will get a score of a 1 on rotary stability.  If 1/3 are not even scoring 2’s, why waste my time with trying to get a 3?  This can be another big time saver.

There you go…some of my favorite tips in improving your efficiency with using the FMS to screen multiple people at once.  I can personally screen about 15 people in an hour, but with help, we can knock out 30+ per hour.  Not too bad if you’re running short on time.  Well worth the time if you ask me.