So, just what is Functional Movement Screen (FMS)? Before I describe it, let me ask you a few questions:
if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” If you answered, “I don’t know“…you should! If you’re on this page, you, at least, have interest in training or CrossFit. And you won’t find many responsible CrossFit boxes that don’t hold you accountable for your performance when you’re training.
All right, let’s make this easy. See if you can find the key words in these two statements:
Statement (1)…CrossFit is described as “constantly varied, functional movements, performed at a high intensity”.
Statement (2)…FMS or Functional Movement Screen is a ranking & grading system to document movement patterns measuring movement and stability.
So, did you find the key similar words in these two statements? It’s like Highlights for CrossFitters!
This cool guy named Gray Cook, some 20 years ago, created the Functional Movement Screen. Of course he’s a physical therapist, an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS), a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a Russian Kettlebell Certified Instructor (RKC), and a USAW Level 1 Coach. He graduated from “THE U” in our home state, at Miami.
FMS evaluates and grades 7 simple fundamental movements. Put simply, FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the positive effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness leading to injury. Weaknesses and/or imbalances are identified and then a customized “corrective exercise” program is given to the athlete and performed 3-4x/week for approximately 15 minutes. We suggest athletes perform these independent exercises before their CrossFit workout.
We’re all born with good mobility, but we EARN stability. Past injuries, work conditions, poor posture, deconditioning or even how you developed as a child, all play a major role in your ability and capacity to live and exercise safely and effectively. Balancing movement and power is key! Wow, that’s potent: BALANCING MOVEMENT & POWER IS KEY. Mastering a solid core-to-extremity pattern while maintaining symmetry between your left & right sides, between your arms & legs, is crucial to your development as an athlete and as a CrossFitter.
OUR COMMITMENT TO FMS
We firmly believe in innovation. We study through CrossFit, and outside of CrossFit. We use the foundations of human movement and exercise science to train and coach our athletes. And over the years we’ve been in this business, we have seen thousands of “bodies in movement”. None of these bodies move the same way ~ we’re all individual. And we’ve all had our individual histories of training (or lack thereof!), injuries, restrictions and movement patterns.
For these reasons, and also because we have the benefit of having a highly seasoned physical therapist and CrossFit competitor leading our ship, we believe the FMS system separates us from the average gym. The FMS Screen can be done by anyone trained and certified in the screen. However, the correctives and the evaluation of the athlete beyond the Screen truly require the knowledge of higher level clinician to ensure the athlete progresses out of the baseline FMS score and into the correctives.
We are committed to quality human movement at CrossFit Rebels.
THE 7 TESTS OF THE FUNCTIONAL
Of those we’ve screened, many have asked themselves these questions or posed these statements:
Get screened and be certain your complex human body is firing on all cylinders!
Measure yourself and measure your performance.