This week we endured a necessary evil. We put our regularly scheduled training sessions on a bit of a hold in order to go through our second FMS screening. For those who aren’t familiar, here is a little info on what it is and why it’s an important part of our training plan.
This information comes from www.functionalmovement.com :
Put simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.
The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.
Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.
So, in short, this screening process allows Jim to be aware of any physical limitations one of us may have that would affect our performance in training. None of us like being told that we’re not good at something or can’t do a certain exercise in the gym, but having this information allows him to adjust training plans accordingly to work on those areas, thus keeping us training as safely as possible. Oddly enough, compared to our last screen, some of us improved in certain areas but regressed in others. He speculates that sometimes the body gets tight in certain areas in order to get more stability. Those of you that have put over 200 lbs on your back for a squat know just how important stability can be.
“The balance between mobility and stability is the key to long term success.” says our oh-so-smart coach, so working on those instabilities/weaknesses is crucial in order to continue to train and compete effectively. And even though it may not be our most fun and glamorous day in the gym, we know that it’s important and are thankful that Jim and all of his staff always keep our long-term health and wellness in mind so that we’ll be busting out squats and deadlifts for many years to come.