January 12 , 2012
I’m currently in Xi’an China on an engineering assignment and I finally found some down time to write our latest entry into our fitness blog. Over the last year I’ve come to meet some pretty amazing people in the fitness industry through connections I’ve made through an awesome local meetup group in the Tri Cities (Port Moody, Coquitlam, and Port Coquitlam) called Think Thursdays. Each month the amazing organizers of the group bring in guest speakers and when I heard they had booked Mandy Gill from the Beat 94.5, I promptly rescheduled a couple of clients for that evening to make it out to that one 🙂 Not only is she a well-respected, celebrity radio personality on the number 1 radio station in Vancouver, she’s an amazing Crossfit athlete. After her presentation, I introduced myself and we started talking about Crossfit, fitness, FMS, and me possibly conducting a functional movement screen on her in the near future. We even shared in a photo op of us doing handstand pushups on a random wall in the restaurant where the meetup was held. Check it out. Her form looks a lot nicer than mine does…
It was meant to be and after a few messages on facebook, I conducted Mandy’s first FMS last Thursday at Fitness Town Crossfit in Burnaby.
I’ve screened a number of Crossfitters in the community in the last 8 month’s as we’re trying to help the Crossfit athletes in the lower mainland learn about the importance of being functional, establishing a baseline of their movement patterns and determining physical limitations, and implementing a corrective warmup prep that is effective for that individual. My last blog post fits in nicely as it discussed how an injury in sport is defined as time lost from playing but there are so many athletes that are dealing with chronic pains and continue to play their sport. Crossfit athletes are no different and there are tons of them training and competing with chronic injuries.
Every Crossfitter I’ve screened so far has a shoulder mobility imbalance on the FMS and most of them have some sort of imbalance in the active straight leg raise. None of the crossfit athletes I’ve screened have been able to do an overhead deep squat movement pattern without having the dowel pitch too far forward or externally rotating their legs to get the hip clearance so they can go low enough in depth. The FMS is important as it catches these limitations that could eventually lead to acute pain in the future if they’re not addressed.
Mandy’s screen was by far the most functional out of the crossfit athletes we’ve seen so far as she had a score of 17! According to FMS, you’re deemed functional if you have a score a 14 with no imbalances but Mandy had the one imbalance in the shoulder mobility so that has to be addressed. After her screen, I assessed her imbalance and gave her a few mobility and stability drills to correct that. Hopefully she incorporates them in her warmup preparation for the WOD’s. I was secretely sort of hoping she’d score worse so I’d get a chance to help her fix more issues on a more frequent basis and she’d see her crossfit performance improve dramatically. That’s what the FMS is all about though. You only need to work on the physical limitations that you have as an athlete but without knowing exactly what they are, or how to correct them, you’re just guessing.
Keep tuning in to our Tweets and posts as we’re going to be coming to a Crossfit box soon to provide functional movement screens and assessments. It might even be yours. Thanks again to the beautiful and fabulous Mandy Gill on being open and giving me an opportunity to show her a different way to train. Looking forward to seeing you around at more Crossfit events in the future without any shoulder imbalances. Also thanks to Pete and Dai for allowing us to conduct the screen at your facility. You guys need to do your mobility and stability drills too remember. 😉
Thanks for reading!