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Top 3 Reasons You Should Be Screening Your Group Training Clients

The Top 3 Reasons You Should Be Screening Your Group Training Clients


Thinking about using a movement screening system in your group training, but not sure it’s worth the hassle?  Do you already screen, but want to learn more?  I’ve been screening our large groups for a couple of years now, and I can tell you it has been the best decision I’ve ever made when I comes to group training.

I think it is imperative to have a screening system in your group fitness program.  I’ve done it both ways, and I can tell you screening is a must! Once you get a solid system in place you and your clients will be glad you did. Here is why:


If You Are Not Assessing You Are Guessing

Doing movement screens is a great way to find out exactly what you should and shouldn’t do with your clients.  The Functional Movement Screen is a great system to learn about which movements your clients should train hard and which ones need corrective exercises.  It allows you to pinpoint the weakest link in the chain and work on it with a step-by-step approach.  You can find out which exercises may cause more harm than good, and learn exactly which progression your client needs.    What are you currently doing with your clients?  What are you looking for when they start your program?  If you don’t have a system that’s okay. I didn’t for a while, but developing a system was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself, and my clients.

Decrease Injury to Increase Results and Profits

Using the Functional Movement Screen is a great way to assess someone’s risk of injury, but better yet develop a program to minimize or eliminate those risks.   It goes without saying that if your clients spend less time injured, they get much better results, and you get better retention, more referrals, and more profits.

Sets You Apart From the Rest of the Pack with Increased Professionalism

Having an organized screening system and exercise program with the scoring criteria, and proven results really helps credibility.  It also helps that the FMS is used by the NFL in the combine, many champion professional teams from every sport, the US Military, and top trainers nationwide.   Your clients will see your commitment to excellence by going the extra mile, which also will result in better retention, more referrals, and more profits.


I know it’s not easy to incorporate the FMS into your group training without a little guidance.  When myself and partner on Smart Group Training Jared Woolever first started screening our bootcampers, giving them correctives, and red lighting certain exercises there was a lot of trial and error.  It took a while to get it right, but after we did, we started getting TONS of questions about how we do it.  This led us to creating Smart Group Training.

Smart Group Training is our passion.  It’s our website dedicated to improving the quality of group training around the world, and making group exercise more like personal training.  We have spent years creating a system to screen and train large groups the smartest way possible.

It became clear that the screening and corrective exercise process that we use needed to be documented.  That is why we created Smart Group Training Volume 1 – Screening and Corrective Exercise.  This is a complete resource to help you incorporate the FMS into your group training in 7 days or less.

We invite you to learn more about Smart Group Training and take your group training to the next level.  

We have a great webinar on how to separate yourself from bootcamps with group personal training. Click on the products tab while you are there, or visit GroupTraining to check out SGT Volume 1.


We encourage you to take your group training to the next level.  Like I said above, group fitness training is our passion. If you have any questions please ask, and if you need anything at all please let us know.  We love to help.


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