Functional Movement Screen – London

I need a functional movement screen

On the first session, we run a full FMS (Functional Movement Screen) / SFMA screening process. We then target the 1-2 areas that are going to produce the best result in shortest amount of time. WE CHANGE MOVEMENT!

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(price is the same as a normal session)

 

functional movement screen

 

  • Fitness is about increasing metrics: sets, reps, endurance, body shape etc.. essentially rehearsing movement.
  • Before we ask people to become super active, for 60 minutes, 3-5 times a week and possibly with heavy weights, maybe we should look at how they do it. The functional movement screen is a great way to look at movement and rank functional movement quality.
  • Are you constantly tight? Is pain a problem? If you’re moving badly, then you are essentially rehearsing a bad movepain, tightness and imbalances are the result. 

  • If fitness is all about rehearsing movement, then we are going to make sure you move correctly in your training and use your body the way it was designed to function. We take personal training to the next level

Why fight when you can win?

If you are looking to get a professional evaluation in London, look no further than the functional movement screen.

 

Who else is using it?

Did you know?

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.

Read about the tests, what they look for and discover their corrective strategies

These are the 7 tests of the FMS with links to some of their corrective strategies.

active straight leg raise ASLR FMS


Shoulder Mobility Shoulder Reach SM SR FMS


Rotary Stability FMS RS


TSPU Trunk Stability Push Up FMS


hurdle step fms


In-line lunge IL FMs


overhead deep squat fms

 

 

 

 

Top 3 reasons why you might have a movement problem
Developmental - many of us skip / rush a stage in our development. All those cute, clever babies that are learning to walk so fast… Clever babies are not always functional ones. Not doing your time rolling, crawling or otherwise, also means that you will have problems in the way you co-ordinate, weight shift and stabilize your spine in movement.
  • Traumatic - Pain (even temporary) changes the way you move.
  • Acquired -If spend your time kicking a ball with your dominant leg, you can bet that this leg will become stronger and the other leg will become more stable as you weight shift on to it. What happens when you go later to the gym and practice your squat? Are you really going to weight shift and use your strength equally through both legs?

    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.
Every day, out-of-shape people attempt to regain fitness, lose weight and become more active. They assume if they just move more, they will start to move well. Unfortunately, they will just get better at moving poorly for longer periods of time or with larger amounts of weight or at greater speeds. As problems arise, some will change equipment and some will modify the workouts. Some will simply take a daily anti-inflammatory and some will just quit, only to try again the following year.
How many people do you know that would worry about a computer virus alert or the flashing oil light on a car dashboard, but would treat a pain signal from the body as a mere inconvenience? There are many fitness die-hards who takes a pain-killer for breakfast unaware of how their body changes the way they move as soon as pain is introduced into the system. If you're in pain and you're training, you're not doing yourself a favor.

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.
When you burn a few hundred calories in a workout using inefficient movement, you are likely doing more harm than good. It's a bit like driving a misaligned car, thinking "I don't mind the technicalities, I just want to get from point A to point B" and without you realising that those energy leaks will gradually build up until before you know it, you’re at point C!  Well, this is not a car, it's your body.

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.
It's all a bit technical, all I want to do is burn calories and tone up
But I'm relatively fit, I'm working stability, stretching & functional training
It's very common to be fit, even very fit, and have serious movement problems. Most people never test if they have mobility, stability, strength or patterning problems. They just practice what they know, or join Yoga, Pilates, Crossfit or another system under the impression that if the movement is more natural or if the strength comes from the core then everything will fall into place. Without a way to test for problems we might reinforce them:
  • Mobility before stability - If we have a mobility problem, working on stability will actually reinforce an immobile segment. Just look at people with spinal fusion, they are as stable as it gets, they are just not moving anywhere. On the other hand, stiffness is perceived as a mobility problem, but often it hides a stability condition that caused the immobility in the first place.
  • Movement Patterns vs weak muscle - If we have a movement pattern problem, the worst thing we can do is "modify" an exercise and ignore the problem. If someone can't squat, why would I have them push ridiculous weight on the leg-press machines to "strengthen" their legs? The problem isn't a weak muscle, it's more likely, inappropriate control of the spine when the hips drives to the ground.
  • Stretching - If your hips are locked, your back and hamstrings will take on extra duties, usually resulting in tight hamstrings and sometimes sore lower back. The mainstream approach would be to treat the symptom and stretch. If we never ask why we got tight in the first place, then we never resolve any problems and we are in for some problems.
  • Keeping good form - is very important. But you must understand three things:
  1. It's all about spinal stability, which is largely beyond conscious control if you have movement problems.
  2.  Trying really hard doesn't make problems go away, if you do something wrong you reinforce a problem. Pain is not the problem, it's the result.
  3. You'd of course need to know what is good form if you even hope to get it.
  • Apart from the FMS which isn't in wide use because of it's complexity, fitness professional don't have a movement standard with checks and balances. When a problem is spotted, exercises are done to strengthen an area without understanding that the problem might be sourced in a different area or might not relate to strength. The exercise becomes the test, baseline and confirmation - and when some strengthening is observed, the problem is assumed fixed (false positive).