Functional Movement Systems
What is the difference between a fitness screening and a fitness assessment?
Why are they so critical for obtaining your desired results?
The fitness industry as we know it today is inundated with new trainers, new training methodologies, and pricey supplements. From paid sponsorships and quirky exercise posts on Instagram to the multimillion dollar supplementation industry, healthy living has become a topic much like the wild, wild west.
- What is a person seeking reliable information to do?
- Where do I start if I want to get back into a results focused fitness program?
- Where do I even begin to search for evidence-based content or a quality trainer that treats me as an individual with unique fitness goals?
If these questions resonate with you, it’s likely that you are in a vulnerable position of being easily scammed or taken advantage of… all for just wanting to make an attempt at better lifestyle choices.
Let’s set the record straight – if you are re-entering the fitness world after a break or a brief pause in training (due to Covid, life happening, or whatever personal reason) it’s probably a great idea to get screened and assessed by a fitness professional before you begin your reintroduction into physical activity.
As time between physical activity sessions increase over prolonged periods of time your body responds accordingly by entering a state of deconditioning. It takes about two weeks of muscle inactivity for that muscle to begin to lose definition, size, and strength… just two weeks! Imagine the impact that delaying physical activity has had on all those individuals who remained sedentary during COVID-19!
To answer your question about screening and assessment, it’s pretty simple.
A fitness screen is a questionnaire that guides a fitness professional in making the decision of whether or not you may need to be seen by a medical professional prior to physical activity.
A fitness screen is meant to be a safety net for all potential clients that looks into pre-existing conditions, the incidence of pain, or any red-flag that you may want to get checked out by a doctor or physical therapist before beginning any fitness program.
An assessment is then completed following the conclusion of a fitness screen that is clear of red-flags and contraindications. A physical assessment is performed by placing a prospective client through a variety of movements to see if the trainer that you are interviewing with can actually assist you with increasing your overall exercise performance and physical fitness while helping to reduce your risk of injury.
This two-step process of screening and assessment helps trainers not only get base-line data of your current exercise tolerance, but also helps identify any movement dysfunction on an individual basis.
If your trainer is not performing these tests, then there is a high probability that they are using a cookie-cutter approach to your fitness – NOT the individualized programming that you thought you were paying for.
Here at EQ Fitness, it is our intent to create a more proactive approach to dealing with movement dysfunction by assessing fundamental movement patterns and formulating an evidence-based plan to better enhance each individual’s training program. As a result, we offer fitness screenings and assessments to all members through our trainers paired with Functional Movement Systems (FMS).
EQ Functional Movement Assessment Pricing
- Non-Members: 58
- EQ Members: 38
- First Responders: 38
Following a program designed by an exercise physiologist written specifically to meet your goals can be life changing. Contact us at Equalize Fitness, and we will empower you to achieve your desired results. Our Fitness by Objective (FBO) methodology assures your plan is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timebound. (SMART)
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