"I especially believe that the FMS is helpful to the CrossFit population. So if the athletes score low on the FMS tests, the carryover in the workouts is very apparent. And then when improvements have been made during the screen, improvements are also seen during their workouts."
Location: CrossFit Southbay
Credentials: DPT, CSCS, FMS
After playing collegiate soccer at UC Davis and preparing to enter physical therapy school, I decided to get my strength and conditioning certification through the NSCA in 2008. My experience since then has been working with girl's soccer teams, as well as personal training with various ages and fitness levels. I started working out at CrossFit Soutbay in August 2010 and fell in love, so much that I started coaching in January 2011. There's no other workout that pushes me that hard and the team atmosphere helps to create the fun workout that I grew up with playing sports. I received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Mount St. Mary's College in October 2011 and am currently working at Torrance Physical Therapy. My love for the body and how it works has helped my two worlds come together: physical therapy and fitness. I strive to help people learn about their bodies, prevent injury and reach their fitness/health goals.
How do you use FMS in your profession? Why do you feel it’s most effective for you/your business?
I use the FMS to screen the athletes at CrossFit Southbay. When I started working with this gym I realized that there is a large variety of fitness levels coming into this high intensity type of workout. There are also lot of new things to learn when starting CrossFit, so it’s sometimes overwhelming to new members when they are told to spend extra time working on their bodies on top of the other new things they are learning. My goal was to try to create an organized way to evaluate the athletes and help guide them through fixing their mobility/flexibility/motor control problems. I needed to figure out some way to keep them working on these things without feeling too overwhelmed. As I was finishing up physical therapy school I came across the FMS and was excited to learn how successful it had been with athletes. I decided to give it a try at the gym and so far it has been a great guide to help me help the athletes!
Why would you recommend this over other screening methods?
Although some other methods may be more detailed, I believe the FMS serves its purpose to give an overall view of how the athlete moves. I like that it is basic and doesn’t recommend focusing on the details of the movement. I especially believe that the FMS is helpful to the CrossFit population because movements during the workouts are very functional. So if the athletes score low on the FMS tests, the carryover in the workouts is very apparent. And then when improvements have been made during the screen, improvements are also seen during their workouts.
The FMS has been a great tool to use at the gym and it helps that there is flexibility to how you can use the screen depending on the setting that you are working in. I’m excited to continue learning more about the screen and hopefully getting SFMA certified to help me connect the FMS with my work as a physical therapist.