Coach Hillary and Coach Georgia are now offering appointments for Functional Movement Screens.

The FMS is scheduled over two sessions. In the first ($25), the screen will be administered and you will receive your results. In the second ($25), we will give you corrective exercises based off your result to address dysfunctional movement patterns. If the first appointment reveals any potential injuries, we can then refer you on to a medical professional.

Give us a call or email us to make an appointment or find out more information.

What is the FMS and how can it help me?

You will be empowered to better understand your own movement and to choose how to scale the WOD if needed.

You will have baseline data on your quality of movement that can be re-tested to see how you have improved.

You will be given corrective exercises that you can implement in your warm-up to address mobility and stability weaknesses and asymmetries to minimize risk of injury, improve efficiency and performance during the WOD.

The FMS is a systematic screening tool that provides a functional movement baseline for us to identify weak links and monitor progress. It’s easy to say ‘I need to stretch more’, and never get around to doing it. However, when you are handed an objective score that shows you how bad your shoulder mobility is, and given targeted exercises to improve it, knowing you will be rescreened in a month or two, I’m guessing you’re more likely to put in the effort to fix that area!

The FMS identifies limitations or asymmetries in seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality. These movement patterns reveal weaknesses and imbalances if appropriate mobility and motor control is not utilized.

Each of the seven movements is scored based off set criteria, identifying your limiting movement patterns and prioritizing those areas where mobility and stability need to be improved. We can then assign you appropriate corrective exercises to target these weak links, and later rescreen to check for improvement.

The FMS is an incredibly powerful tool that allows us to check for dysfunctional movement patterns and identify risk of future injury, referring on to a medical professional if necessary. Poor movement patterns will not be improved by increasing fitness, running faster and lifting more. The body will compensate, causing inefficient movements, ultimately decreasing performance and increasing injury risk. Sometimes, it is necessary to remove certain movements until an area of risk has been addressed. If you have faulty squat mechanics, squatting more is not going to help- it is just going to reinforce bad movement. The FMS will allow us to actually change these fundamental patterns in a meaningful way, increasing the safety and effectiveness of your training.

To support fitness, we need a strong foundation of good quality movement. The FMS is a valuable tool to provide our members with individualized programming that reflects their limitations. CrossFit is excellent at testing performance, but we have never really had a system for testing movement patterns. The FMS will provide a baseline of quality movement patterns and allow us to address dysfunction in a new, systematic way.