My newest certification has changed my business model
Back when I first got certified in 1997 the fitness world had not yet been touched by the cutting edge tools that are so commonplace today. Imagine a world with no BoSU ball? Think back before TRX had existed? Foam Roller? really……and yet even after all these wonderful inventions people are still getting injured at almost the same rate if not more. It was also a world without facebook, twitter, netflix and iPhone/iTunes. My oh my, things have changed. Back then program design was also something of mystery. After clearance by a doctor it was pretty much a given that the program would contain weights, cardio and some stretching. If the client couldn’t do an exercise I just lowered the weight and then we would proceed. Unless they had a pre-existing condition I would move them from place to place around the gym until the hour was over. Aside from them filling out a questionaire, I really had no base for an exercise model to put them through. If they had an issue with pain I referred them out to a PT. Fast forward a few years…ok more than a few, and finally there is a new standard to assess each and every individual by putting them through a screening test that pinpoints their weaknesses and let’s me know as a trainer what their limitations are. The Functional Movement Screen consists of seven different positions that I put you through that let me test your movement, function and balance. It was created by noted physical therapist and author Gray Cook and though the test was invented in 1997, it really began from Gray Cook’s PT facility and slowly was ingrained into the PT world. Now, all these years later it is at the forefront of functional movement and is beginning to show some real time results at the highest levels of sports performance. The NFL, MLB, NHL and many colleges currently utilize the FMS and in all honesty…the screen does not lie!
After being in the fitness business for almost two decades and training hundreds of people I have finally found a foolproof way to assess clients and their movement patterns. After putting the client through the screen I can custom tailor a routine that will address their weak points and then I can prescribe exercises to try and correct the imbalance. After 6 weeks I will re-screen and hopefully improvement will show itself. Once progress can be tested and shown I can then give them exercises to build the muscles and increase strength while improving their posture and coordination. I am thrilled to have this certification at my disposal and currently have tested lots of people of all ages. The scores are all over the spectrum which shows me that every person has their own unique and different ailments to work through while all of them are trying to improve speed and strength. The biggest takeaway that I get is now I can help anybody who comes my way by showing them their weak spots and helping them improve their score so they will function in a normal capacity. As I stated previously, the screen is seven different positions that will let me score the client in each position and a total score will be counted out of 21. I want each and every person who reads this to contact me and lets get y’all tested!!