On the first session, we will run a series of simple movement screening tests to find out strengths and weaknesses in the way your body functions.
By finding exactly where your instabilities are, I can tailor your individual training requirements and build strong foundations for all areas of your trainings. We also address posture, breathing mechanics, spinal alignment, mobility and core stability patterns.
Understanding the way your body moves and function, or why it fails to, gives you the edge in your training.
The Functional Movement Systems (FMS / SFMA), developed by leading us physiotherapists Gray Cook and Lee Burton, is a tool design to assess biomechanical faults and correct movement patterns. In a world dominated by fitness, muscles and fat, it’s easy to forget a basic truth: we train muscles but movement matters.
Why fight when you can win?
The same systems we use are currently utilized at very high levels with rehab professionals, celebrities, pro-athletes (Golf, NHL, NFL, NBA and more) and even the military special ops (Army Rangers, Navy Seals, FBI etc..). With the sheer amount of resources aimed at these individuals, the use of the FMS is playing a key role to make sure that these guys aren't getting injured as well as to provide them with an edge in their respective field, that no other system can currently match.
We are all humans and regardless of our shape and size, we all need a good foundation, a stable core and a stable spine.
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Some of us come from years of sitting 40, 60 or even 80+ hours a week. Have we acquired some stiffness and postural problems in that time? Yes. And we are dragging them for a ride when we are training, if we don't do something about it.
Moving weights isn't more important than moving.
Another good example is having previous injuries. Quite often, the criteria for discharging a patient is based on the absence of pain, recovery of tissue and restored mobility. We often release patients when they are feeling fine, even though they might still move poorly. What we don't ask is: "is there anything that might have set you up for this injury" as well as whether this injury has changed movement in a way that will cause a recurring injury. The number one risk factor for a future injury is a previous injury. We have to ask why, and is there anything we can do to change that.
To clear things up: it's still important to go to you physio or medical practitioner and treat the injury - but don't stop there. Do a movement screen and make sure you are not set for another injury, especially if you had one already.
You may think "I'm burning the calories, so it's no big deal" but you are going to have micro-trauma at some level. Those sheer forces are going into tendons that shouldn't be supporting, joints that shouldn't be gliding or twisting and eventually can result in ankle, hip, back and neck problems - to say the least. Can you still get fit, be lean, muscular or toned without looking at your movement patterns? You can, but doing it with compromised movement will have its consequences. This is not "another trend", this is the gold standard of movement and it is use by the best of the best. The benefit of fixing imbalances, asymmetries and restoring good movement quality extends to everyone.
Whatever your excuse has been for not testing for movement problems and normalizing your movement quality, I don't think you have one anymore.