Exercise Physiologist and Expert Personal Trainer Jon Bula of Vancouver, BC's Groundworks Athletics talking about FMS - a functional movement screening.
Mark: Hi, it’s Mark from Top Local Lead Generation. We’re here with Vancouver’s own Jon Bula; he’s an exercise physiologist and an expert personal trainer at Groundwork Athletics. We’re going to be talking about Functional Movement Screens today. How are you doing today Jon?
Jon: Really good, I’m enjoying the Vancouver sun shine so I can’t complain.
Mark: Well my garden is starting to grow, the crocuses are up, the daffodils are coming up, it’s insane and it’s still the middles of February. So, what is a Functional Movement Screen?
Jon: Well essentially it’s a tool that was developed to assess movement patterns and essentially you look at these movement patterns and identify risk factors that people may have so when they being an exercise and a training program the idea is to do this assessment first in order to not get injuries down the line so you’re identifying people’s limitations or possible asymmetry, meaning differences between left and right before you start weight training and doing things like that.
Mark: So, why would I use a trainer certified in FMS?
Jon: Well, basically you want to think about exercise and training like this, if you have a movement pattern let’s say a squat and you’re doing your squat incorrectly, you know, there’s something going on in your hips that’s not allowing you to squat correctly and you jump into an exercise program and you just start loading up that squat pattern, you start getting stronger. What you’re doing is reinforcing bad habits and making those bad habits stronger and you might have not been injured before but now that you’re strengthening a pattern that is incorrect your chance of injury actually increases. So the aim of using a functional movement screen is to identify some basic issues that you may or may not have had beforehand, look at correcting those before you start adding strength and power and fitness to these different movement patterns.
Mark: So how does Groundwork Athletics use that Functional Movement Screen?
Jon: Well when you have a personal trainer, now I don’t want to slag all the personal trainers out there but there are some that are more qualified and educated than others and I truly believe that with our trainers we use the Functional Movement Screen and variations of it to make sure we’re identifying any problems that we have with our clients before we’re loading them and strengthening them and at the end of the day, if you’re an elite athlete or just somebody who’s working and coming in for their twice a week personal training you don’t want to be putting yourself at increased risk for injury. The point of exercising and training with the personal trainers is to get healthier and so when you add a tool like the Functional Movement Screen and you have trainers who really understand human movement, you’re only going to be better and healthier and stronger and more functional down the road. It’s something that we believe is really important. Your trainer should definitely be looking at how you move and looking at asymmetries from right to left and really understanding what it means to start making you stronger and making sure they’re doing that correctly and the Functional Movement Screen is just a tool that can be used to help that.
Mark: So will I still get a good workout if all I’m worried about is corrective or all I’m doing is corrective exercises?
Jon: Well that’s where the real talent of your trainer comes into play, I mean, we don’t want to come in and do Physiotherapy style training because that’s not what we are; we’re here to make you fitter and stronger and to exercise but if you know what you’re doing it’s quite easy to make movement pattern corrective training difficult and challenging and you don’t have to spend your whole time lying on your back on a mat doing simple light band exercises. If your trainer knows what they’re doing, they know how to incorporate these into a challenging and safe and you know, the type of exercise program that’s going to get you toward where your goals are and that’s what our trainers are able to do, they are able to look at your movement, they’re able to help you fix it but at the same time losing the weight you want to lose or gaining the strength you need to gain or training for that specific event that you’re training for.
Mark: So, and this is a wild card I’m just throwing this in but what if you run into something where somebody should actually be going to the physiotherapist?
Jon: Well, that’s a great point because a Functional Movement Screen can provide those types of indications and in those situations we refer to our vast professional network that we have. I have been in the industry a long time and know some fantastic Physio’s and I have no problem sending somebody if that’s what they need to get fixed in order that when they’re training with us the outcome is what they want it to be, see at the end of the day we don’t want to train you for a few months and have you get injured, that doesn’t do anything for anybody. There’s been a few circumstances, but we’re happy to work with Physiotherapists or Chiropractors or whomever in order to do what’s best for our clients.
Mark: So that’s Jon Bula at GroundworkAthletics.ca they’re in Vancouver, downtown, so if you want a great workout, these are the guys to see. You can give them an email as well firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks Jon.
Jon: Thanks a lot Mark.