Have you ever experienced pain or discomfort while performing a particular movement or exercise? Have you ever wondered why some people seem to effortlessly perform athletic movements while others struggle? The answer to these questions lies in movement quality, which can be improved through the use of the functional movement screen and flexibility training.
Flexibility is the foundational element to movement quality, and believe it or not, quantity., which makes it an essential component of movement optimization. It refers to the range of motion in a joint or series of joints and can be improved through stretching exercises. At Infinite Performance we us one of the best, if not the best, flexibility frameworks in the world, the Ultimate Human Performance (UHP) framework. Flexibility is important because it allows muscles to move through their full range of motion, which in turn improves movement quality and reduces the risk of injury.
Tight muscles, tendons, and ligaments can be the underlying cause of a variety of common pain and mobility issues, such as bone-on-bone knee joints, herniated or bulging discs, pinched nerves, headaches, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, low back pain, plantar fasciitis, calcium deposits, torn labrums, torn rotator cuffs, torn ligaments, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). However, many people underestimate the impact that tightness can have on their bodies and may believe that there is nothing they can do about it. Nevertheless, UHP ROM24™ Flexibility/Mobility Standards (24 Ranges of Motion) is a comprehensive and effective flexibility framework that can be used by itself or customised to increase it’s effeciency at reversing these conditions by targeting specific vulnerable areas of the body. By using this routine, hundreds of clients have improved their range of motion and eliminated pain. While there are various stretching techniques available, UHP ROM24™ Flexibility/Mobility Standards (24 Ranges of Motion) stands out for its practicality and thoroughness.
The functional movement screen (FMS) is a tool used by professionals to evaluate an individual’s movement patterns and identify areas of dysfunction. It consists of seven basic movement patterns, including deep squats, lunges, push-ups, and balance tests. The FMS allows professionals to identify weak areas that need improvement in order to optimize movement quality and reduce the risk of injury. This leads to a more effective and efficient workout, which in turn can result in increased fat loss and strength gains.
Not only will the FMS help you identify your weak areas, but it’ll also make you feel like a athlete. When you complete an FMS you are essentially a detective, on a mission to find your body’s kryptonite. Once you’ve found it, you’ll know exactly which exercises to do in order to conquer it and become the athlete that you always wanted to be.
But it’s not just athletes who can benefit from the FMS and flexibility training. Everyone, from office workers to retirees, can improve their movement quality through these practices. In fact, the FMS and flexibility training can help individuals identify and address imbalances that can lead to pain or discomfort in everyday activities.
The FMS identifies weak areas in an individual’s movement patterns, which can be addressed through specific exercises targeting those areas. By addressing these imbalances, individuals can improve their movement quality and increase their ability to perform more complex movements with proper form.
In addition, a structured resistance training program that is tailored to an individual’s specific movement patterns can lead to more targeted and effective muscle activation. This is because exercises are chosen based on the individual’s FMS score, ensuring that the exercises are appropriate for their current level of movement quality. This targeted muscle activation can lead to greater strength gains and increase metabolic effeciency, i.e. burn more fat, than regular old training programs as the muscles and the nervous system are being worked in the most effective way possible.
A structured resistance training program that incorporates the FMS can also help to prevent plateaus in fat loss and strength gains. By constantly reassessing movement quality and adjusting exercises accordingly, the individual can continue to challenge their muscles and avoid hitting a plateau in their progress.
Overall, a functional movement screen based structured resistance training program is essential for optimal fat loss and strength results. By identifying weak areas, improving movement quality, and targeting muscle activation, individuals can achieve their fitness goals more efficiently and effectively. So, whether your goal is fat loss, strength gains, or both, consider incorporating the FMS into your resistance training program for optimal results.
When combined, the FMS and UHP flexibility training are powerful tools for optimizing movement. The FMS allows professionals to identify weak areas in an individual’s movement patterns, while flexibility training can improve range of motion and reduce the risk of injury. Additionally, flexibility training can improve posture, balance, and coordination, which are essential components of movement quality.
By identifying weak areas and improving range of motion, individuals can improve their posture, balance, and coordination, leading to better movement quality in all aspects of life. So, whether you’re an athlete or just someone looking to improve your quality of life, consider incorporating the FMS and flexibility training into your routine.