Integrating this system into our program design has been nothing short of amazing. Our team at Performance Strength Lab really believes that this form of screening and standardizing movement is essential for safe, timely, effective results.
In order to better understand the premise of where these beliefs stem from, let’s take a look at some of the rules that Functional Movement Systems are based around.
- Pain should not be present while performing basic bodyweight movement patterns. If there is pain associated with these basic movement patterns, movement patterns will be compromised and substantially increase the likelihood for developing further injury to the site of pain. Also, this could lead to a secondary injury from the body compensating to avoid the pain or restricted movement.
- Having multiple limitations within several basic movement patterns, even if they’re pain free, can create compensations and general weaknesses that may lead to a greater likelihood of injury.
- Basic unilateral movement patterns should be symmetrical on both right and left sides of the body.
- Fundamental and basic movement patterning should precede performance related activities.
- Basic before Complex, Stable before Unstable
Screening, assessing, and implementing the right mix of corrective exercises into the programs help keep our clientele safer and healthier for long periods of time. We realize that injuries are going to happen. However, it’s our job to reduce the likelihood of injury. After all, if someone gets injured during training, their outlook and thought processes about exercise can be compromised for the rest of their lives. Exercise should be enjoyable…Exercise should be well thought out and serve a purpose…Exercise should help you meet and exceed your goals…Exercise should help improve movement patterns and make daily activities more enjoyable.
This training philosophy is the foundation of our personal fitness coaching program design at Performance Strength Lab. We’ve had multiple questions about exercises being “red lighted.” The reason for taking certain exercises out of your program all stem back to these five rules. It’s our job to get results and keep you injury free. It’s all about the quality of the movement, not the quantity. Make today your best!