FMS: Not What You May think!

FMS….. I’m sure a lot of different things come to mind seeing those letters grouped together…. Get your head outta the gutter it stands for Functional Movement Screen!!



This test is given by Cathy Epstein, Owner and Head Trainer at Better Bodies RI, to each client in order to ensure each workout is done safely and it also tells her just how hard she can push you. (You didn’t think it was all nice now did you? šŸ˜‰ )

You must complete 7 exercises and each exercise is scored 0-3. Your final score determines what type of work outs you’re capable of completing and are able to handle….. I of course scored within a range that tells Cathy she can pretty much push to the maximum…. Great LOL. The most amazing thing about this test was that I was tested alongside another female who probably has a good 3 inches on me and is the size of my thigh. I thought for sure our scores would be wayyyyy different seeing as how we LOOK so different, but we scored EXACTLY the same. This test has nothing to do with height, weight, or number of reps it’s simply about finding out how our bodies move and what they can handle.

Here’s a little more info!


The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is the product of an exercise philosophy known as Functional Movement Systems. This exercise philosophy and corresponding set of resources is based on sound science, years of innovation, and current research.

How it Works: Simplify Movement

Put simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.

The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.

Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.

What it Does: Widespread Benefits

The FMS simplifies the concept of movement and its impact on the body. Its streamlined system has benefits for everyone involved – individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians.

Communication – The FMS utilizes simple language, making it easy for individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians to communicate clearly about progress and treatment.

Evaluation – The screen effortlessly identifies asymmetries and limitations, diminishing the need for extensive testing and analysis.

Standardization – The FMS creates a functional baseline to mark progress and provides a means to measure performance.

Safety – The FMS quickly identifies dangerous movement patterns so that they can be addressed. It also indicates an individualā€™s readiness to perform exercise so that realistic goals can be set and achieved.

Corrective Strategies – The FMS can be applied at any fitness level, simplifying corrective strategies of a wide array of movement issues. It identifies specific exercises based on individual FMS scores to instantly create customized treatment plans.

If you’d like more info on the FMS Test please don’t hesitate in contacting Cathy at Better Bodies RIĀ (401) 474-0667!Ā Ā And while you’re at it sign up for the 21 Day Challenge for only $1 a day!


Healthy Wishes, T


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