Progress Showable with FMS


Every new athlete that walks through the doors of CrossFit Unbroken is put through the Functional Movement Screen (FMS).

“Mechanics and good movement are critical, so we want to make sure that in that process we have a good baseline understanding of how folks are moving before they get started with us,” said Patrick Manner, the owner of the Box located in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

The FMS is defined on as “the screening tool used to identify limitations or asymmetries in seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality in individuals with no current pain complaint or known musculoskeletal injury.”

Manner said he’s used the FMS in his Box since day one. New athletes will run through it, giving data that he and his Coaches can use to understand a member’s movement limitations. Those results will be something the staff discuss in weekly Coaches meetings, talking about what to look for in specific members.

“We share those results amongst all the Coaches so that we know as we see these people in different classes, we know something we’re going to be on the lookout for, definitely something that we want to coach them through,” explained Manner. “We think about it almost like you’re going through your roster on your football team.”

A couple of Manner’s Coaches have obtained the FMS certification. The FMS Level 1 course is offered in person and online, while the Level 2 is only offered in person. As for the rest of Unbroken’s Coaches, Manner said they have observed and participated in the FMS enough in order to understand how to conduct the screening. Manner explained the FMS helps him and his Coaches better their ability to train athletes.

Plus, by utilizing the FMS, Manner said it gives his athletes another data point to measure their ever-changing fitness levels. Since every new CrossFit Unbroken athlete is put through the FMS, they have numbers to look back on when they request to do it again. “That allows us to show them the progress that they’ve made … the FMS is just a unique way to do it because it’s so relatable to every day life, quality of life, quality of movement,” said Manner.

Showing that improvement has its benefits and is a reason why Manner is a firm believer in the FMS. “I think there’s a lot of great Coaches that can look at somebody, but there is a little bit of credibility that goes along with being able to put some data behind it,” said Manner. “It takes a qualitative aspect, brings a quantitative variable into it, and allows you to give somebody a really complete picture of themselves, their baseline and then really going forward, just their progress.”

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