What is the Functional Movement Screen?

At Fitness Functions we use the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) as our baseline for creating better exercise programs for you. So what is the FMS? It is simply a tool that measures how well your body functions as whole and is a great way for your trainer to give you better exercise recommendations. The scoring system is not to determine how well a specific muscle group functions. It determines how well your muscles work together from head to toe and provides a direction on how exercise and nutrition can help your body be more balanced.

It seems today that individuals are working harder to become stronger and healthier, which is good. But working harder and doing more, more, more of something that causes more stress may postpone your efforts to loose weight, body fat, and improve general health. The idea behind the FMS is to identify weak links your body may have developed over time through various stresses at work, from old injuries, and even poor nutrition. For example, sitting at a desk, in front of the computer several hours a day can easily cause extra stress in your upper back and shoulder area.

This in turn puts your body into a protective position which means your body has to compensate to allow you to continue to work in front of the computer. The compensation can then trickle down to your lower back, hips, and legs and make you feel stiff. When your body has remained stiff for a long period of time it will adapt and move inefficiently. Tennis elbow, low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and knee pain are mostly all caused by long term stiffness and stress.

With the help of the FMS and your health history we can better pinpoint any weak links and recommend exercises that will work to alleviate them. Once they are corrected you can start to move better and decrease the risk of injury to reach your goals faster. Every individual’s workout program at Fitness Functions is designed for their improvement. This is a smart and safe system to follow and will be very rewarding in the long run for a better exercise experience.

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