HOW IN SHAPE DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? April 17, 2015 09:00 1 Comment

Finding Strengths and Imbalances

Find out how in shape you are with a free FMS

The first thing OPTIMAX PERFORMANCE TRAINING owner, Brian Klepacki, wants blog readers to know is that he will do a complimentary FMS assessment if you mention that you read this post.

What is FMS?

FMS stands for FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN. FMS is the screening tool used to identify limitations or asymmetries in seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality.

When Brian Klepacki, FMS Certified Level 1, takes you through these seven basic movement patterns, he observes and assesses mobility, motor control weaknesses, and imbalances. The process only takes about 10 minutes.

FMS was created by Functional Movement Systems, a company with a mission to help people move better and then move often. The philosophy was introduced in 1995, at a time when there was no systematic tool to identify movement asymmetries or major limitations in functional movement patterns.

How in shape am I?

I had the opportunity to complete an FMS with OPTIMAX PERFORMANCE TRAINING owner, Brian Klepacki. You'll get to see how I did in this post.

 

Why is FMS Important?

Anyone who spends time exercising, whether it be running, walking, gym workouts, cycling, etc., can benefit from a FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN.

Benefits include:

  • The ability to quantify a person's full range of mobility

  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses in motor control

  • Identifying balances and imbalances in functional mobility

  • A reliable baseline to screen and evaluate movement that provides actionable and effective steps for performance, injury prevention, and recovery

     

    Bria's Functional Movement Screen with Brian Klepacki

    When Brian Klepacki offered to take me through a FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN, I dragged, er, brought Sydney Polhemus along so that I could gain a broader perspective beyond just my score.

    The 7 Exercises of FMS

    1. DEEP SQUAT

    2. HURDLE STEP

    3. INLINE LUNGE

    4. SHOULDER MOBILITY

    5. ACTIVE STRAIGHT-LEG RAISE

    6. TRUNK STABILITY PUSHUP/PRESS-UP CLEARING TEST

    7. ROTARY STABILITY

    How did we do?

    Each exercise was scored from 0-3 with 0 = pain, 1 = bad, 2 = average, and 3 = flawless.

    FINAL SCORE

    Bria: 17

    Sydney: 15

    Not that it was a competition or anything...

    Brian also scored for imbalances and weaknesses. For me, I had an imbalance on the hurdle step where one leg was not lifting as high as the other. I also had upper body strength weakness on the the trunk stability pushup/press-up clearing test. For Sydney, she also had weakness on the the trunk stability pushup/press clearing test but in her core. Her imbalance was also on the hurdle step and the shoulder mobility.

    Brian uses the FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN to create a training plan where imbalances and weaknesses are targeted and ideally improved over time through the program he specifically tailors to each individual.

    Interested in your free FMS?

    CONTACT BRIAN KLEPACKI, OWNER OF OPTIMAX PERFORMANCE TRAINING

    Phone: 727-641-5584

    Email: brian@optimaxperformance.com

    Website www.optimaxperformance.com

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    NOT IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA?

    Find an FMS expert in your area: http://www.functionalmovement.com/experts

     

    Blogger Bria works at St. Pete Running Company as a customer service manager.