Applying the Model in a Fitness Setting

Written by Mark Snow FMS Pod Casts

The number one goal of fitness professionals is to help clients achieve their goals. Client's goals tend to be very results driven and include improving body composition, gaining strength, aerobic capacity and improving performance. As fitness professionals you have all the skills and experience needed to complete this task.

However, one aspect that often gets overlooked is movement. Without understanding how our clients move, the fitness professional and client will never know if they have a movement deficiencies or dysfunction. Having movement deficiencies or dysfunctions may be providing your client with unsuccessful results by preventing either achievement or maintenance of results. Exercising with movement deficiencies is like driving your car with the parking brake still on - you’re not going to get too far successfully.

A systematic approach to fitness and movement is a must. Developing a standard operating procedure (SOP) for gyms is imperative. Below is an example of how I use the FMS model and you can create your own SOP within your facility to help clients identify, correct and succeed with their movement and fitness goals.

  1. Screen Clients
  2. 10 Minute Consultation over the FMS Report
  3. 15-30 Minute Corrective Exercise Session
  4. Corrective Exercise Homework

Having an SOP improves efficacy for your facility, as the process becomes more streamlined. Removing the parking break enables true technique in movements that will produce better outcomes.

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    Colin Broadwater 9/21/2015 3:10:41 PM

    How often do you re-screen the average Joe/Jane?

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    Ma Sen 7/7/2015 6:37:35 PM

    SOP is needed