It is a common misconception that if you are a “corrective exercise person”- your workouts are easy. A lot of people think that people who use corrective exercise or “functional” training do nothing but a bunch of clamshells and one-leg bosu balance stuff. The fact is, you can work on correcting your client’s movement dysfunction and still deliver fun and hardcore workouts!
Just because you make a decision to correct a client’s weakest links doesn’t mean that your workouts are weak. The key is to find out which movement patterns need corrective strategy and which movements are clear to train hard. The Functional Movement Screen makes this very easy.
With the FMS you have a ranking system of 0,1,2,3. Basically if someone scores a 0 or 1 on any of the movements we know that training that movement hard is probably going to cause more harm than good. In that circumstance we would only use corrective exercises on those movement patterns until the correctives clear the pattern. Once that pattern is a 2 or 3 we know we are good to train that pattern hard.
There are seven basic human movements represented on the FMS, so basically someone would have to be in pretty bad shape to need nothing but correctives. If that is the case, the screen has done its job by letting you know that this person should NOT be trained hard until some patterns are cleared. In that circumstance you have made a great decision as an exercise professional to do the right thing and train smart instead of just training hard.
I feel that workout intensity is very important. I also feel that giving each client what he or she needs is more important. We train our clients hard most of the time. We do mix in easier workouts and recovery to make sure there is balance, but for the most part, we get people sweaty and tired because that is what they want. The key is to know which movements can be trained hard, and which area(s) may need a little work.
The video below shows a few clips of our large group personal training. You can see that we find a good balance of corrective exercise, intensity, and fun in each of our workout programs. We also make sure every program is individualized using the FMS to screen each client first. We strongly believe in the evolution of general fitness bootcamp program design into “group personal training”. We hope you like what you see.
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