October 23 , 2011
Our training philosophy at Engineered Bodies stems from the physical screen and focuses on improved functional movement. The screen we use the most on clients is called the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). If you click here, you can read more about what it is, how it works, and why exactly we use it on every client or team we train. This weekend Aaron and I took the advanced FMS level 2 seminar hosted by FMS guru Behnad Honarbakhsh from Fit to Train. His main goal for the weekend was not to bombard us with a ton of corrective exercises but to teach us concepts on how to assess and systematically determine why an individual scored the way they did in any particular movement pattern in the FMS.
Strength coaches, Crossfit coaches, trainers, and clinicians from all over North America came to take this seminar as they all know that this is the most efficient and effective way to train an individual. If we can improve a client’s FMS score and remove limitations in their movement patterns, we see a direct correlation with improved athletic performance. I met a strength coach from Washington this weekend who played for the Washington Huskies from 2002-2006. He said he could back squat 500+lbs with an FMS score of 8 (with obvious imbalances present). When he improved his FMS score to an 18 (with no imbalances), his back squat increased to an astonishing 750lbs!! That was in three months of using corrective exercises that focused on his weakest link. Free strength from improved functional movement! If you’re an endurance athlete then improving your FMS score will dramatically improve your running time more so than continuing to add volume to your training. Why would you train any other way than the most effective and efficient way? This pyramid diagram shows the importance of functional movement. If you train for skill or performance first, then you’re setting yourself up for injury or limited improvement. If a trainer isn’t determining your baseline from a movement perspective and putting you through exercise, then they’re wasting your time and money and putting you at risk for injury.
Check out this video I made of one of our labs this weekend. We were assessing Aaron’s Active Straight Leg Raise (ASLR) limitation and this was one of the things our group came up with. Our group consisted of a fitness specialist for the Canadian Armed Forces (Sebastian) and a level 3 Crossfit coach and physiotherapist assistant (Sarah) also from the Canadian Armed Forces based in Edmonton. Choppy Somjee from Fit to Train was teaching us and providing pointers on our assessment. The audio really sucks and I apologize. I’m going to update to iMovie-11…