WHAT IS BODY BLUEPRINT?

Body_BlueprintThe Body Blueprint begins with the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), a nationally recognized screening tool utilized by many fitness professionals and sports organizations, including the NFL. Its primary purpose is to assess any imbalances or asymmetries in the member’s body and movement patterns, as well as his or her stability and mobility. The program design department utilizes the data from the FMS to design the most effective and safe exercise programs for our members, as well as to determine each member’s specific corrective exercise protocol.

The second portion of the Body Blueprint is the Integrated Kinetic Chain Assessment. This assessment is also widely used by many fitness professionals, particularly athletic trainers. The Integrated Kinetic Chain Assessment consists of two parts. The first is a postural analysis, wherein six photographs of the member standing in a neutral position are taken and then analyzed on a grid to determine any underlying issues he/she has while static and non-mobile. Next, we take pictures of the member in a squat pattern. These are also analyzed on a grid to determine any underlying issues in the major joints, limbs, ankle, scapula or head/neck of the member when mobile.

So, what does all this mean for you, the member? The best way to answer that is to ask you a series of questions in return. Is it important to you to see results from your workouts? Do you want to get to your fitness goals quickly and effectively? Is safety important to you? Would you like to decrease your risk of injury, both inside and outside the gym? Would you like to move better and experience less pain? Would you like an exercise program designed specifically for your body and its particular needs? Would you like your personal exercise program to be designed with sustainability and longevity in mind, meaning it’s going to take care of your body so that you’ll still be exercising with the same vigor in 10, 20, 30 years? Do you want to both feel and look great? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you inherently understand the value of a Body Blueprint. Safe and effective exercise program design is what we are all about at Evolution Fitness. We take care of our members’ bodies. The Body Blueprint is what empowers us to do so.

What is the Functional Movement Screen (FMS)?

fms-about-banner Put simply, the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a screening tool Evolution Fitness utilizes to assess any imbalances or asymmetries in our member’s bodies and movement patterns. It is a nationally recognized tool utilized by many fitness professionals and organizations including the NFL.

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We were visited by Ashley Johnson of Eye Opener on PHL17 and Evolution Fitness shows her how FMS works.

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How does the FMS work?

During the FMS, you will be taken through a series of natural movement patterns that are key to normal function. The trained fitness professional leading you through the FMS will document compensations, asymmetries, or pain you may have associated with a given movement pattern. These compensations and asymmetries will not only limit the effectiveness of any physical conditioning and functional training, but they can also lead to injury if not properly addressed.

Once the fitness coach has determined where your particular imbalances lie, he/she can then accurately implement the proper corrective exercises to fix and re-balance any compensated movement patterns. The FMS also informs us which exercises to leave out of your program until the compensated movement patterns have been corrected so as not to risk injury.

Is the FMS a fitness test?

No, the FMS is NOT a test of one’s physical ability. There are many outstanding athletes who, because of previous injury or overuse, score low on the FMS.

The FMS is not a test at all. It is a screening tool, a way of assessing where you are at and how far you have come. The great part of the FMS is the ability to improve on your score through the corrective exercises. We recommend to all of our members that they get screened at least once, if not twice, a year to track their progress.

Why FMS?

The Functional Movement Screen is an invaluable tool for many reasons. It helps us to categorize the efficiency of these natural human movements, including symmetry, balance, stability and mobility, while also enabling us to identify compensation patterns developed from disuse, injury or overuse. Beyond that, it helps us identify underlying injuries or possible risks of injury and it informs us which exercises are appropriate and safe for each of our members. It helps our members achieve their fitness goals faster, quicker, better because they perform movements with better form and efficiency.

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