My Favourite Training Tools: #4 – the FMS

Today’s entry features the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). This makes my list even though it does nothing to get you strong. That’s because it is an assessment tool. I love this tool because it helps me to see where people have problems with the fundamental way that they move, and then that helps me to create a great training program for them that will not only get them “faster, higher, stronger”, but will also help fix movement dysfunction that they have developed in life.

Lessons of the Hip & Spine from Dr. Shirley Sahrmann

That is repeated movements and prolonged postures that cause movement disorders by causing what she refers to as directional susceptibility to movement (DSM) and relative flexibility. This is an extension of basic physics: movement will follow the path of least resistance. In an ideal body, that path will move in a manner that maintains optimal positioning of joints and involvement of appropriate muscles so that it does not cause wear. In a body that has been changed through repeated movement or prolonged postures, the path of least resistance can lead to suboptimal movement.

The last words on Sodium, Soup and Health Check

In short, I was driven to correspond with both Heinz and the Heart & Stroke Foundation (who run the Health Check program) after being shocked at the high sodium content of Smart Ones soup. This lead me to identify reporting irregularities in nutrition information posted online. I have received correspondence from both parties that do address this issue. I’ve included copies of both letters below. And for those who are in a hurry, here’s the tweet-sized version:

Accepting Aging as an Athlete

In other words, I should have thought it was just a great morning. But instead, I was unhappy with my performance. I should have adjusted better to the wind to throw those two flicks properly. If I had been playing better defense, I would have prevented those two points. After the game my friend Scott commented about what a great and fun game it was. I commented that it was nice but I wasn’t happy with my game. He said something like “Wow, you’re really hard on yourself”. I looked around. Everyone else was all smiles. They understand. I didn’t.

Just Say No to Your Cravings…Sometimes

The reason we’re failing in weight loss is so very simple. It’s not the program; it’s us. We don’t know how to say No to ourselves. The food manufacturers make it hard for us, but ultimately, we have 100% control and responsibility for what we put in our mouths.