The Importance Of the Screens

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The Movement Screen, why do we insist upon it? It allows us to ensure the movements we teach you are right for you. 

It lets us look at your unloaded movement patterns and if we see certain things we know there are exercises you shouldn’t be doing. In those cases we will modify an exercise/movement so you can successfully perform it.

For example. If you can’t squat properly without weight, you shouldn’t squat with external load. We modify the squat movement by having you squat to a box or by elevating your heels (if we’ve determined your ankles are tight). By modifying movements we allow the body to learn/re-learn the patterns. Typically it doesn’t take long to work up to the primary movement.

Another example is the pushup. Most women struggle with pushups from the floor and fallback to doing them on their knees. But, I’ve found over time that these ladies never get strong enough to do a regular pushup, so we modify the pushup by elevating the hands high enough so you can do them properly. Over time as you get stronger we lower the elevation. Eventually you’ll be able to do full pushups with your hands on the floor. Progress with pushups comes a lot slower than with some of the other exercises like the  squat though so be patient. The more often you practice the stronger yo will get and the sooner you’ll be able to do away with the elevation.

Here’s a Chart with the basic movements & modifications. It is by no means complete

Primary Exercise (Screened Movement) Modification
Swings and other hip hinge movements (Active Straight Leg Raise – yellow band) ASLR Glute Bridge, weighted Glute bridge, stick deadlift, Kb deadlift
Goblet squat (Squat – purple band) 290p_deep squat - 3.130x130 Rock back to stability ball, Face the Wall Squat, Squat to Box, Heels eleveated Squat
Pushup (Pushup – red band) pushup test Band assisted, hands elevated
Split Squat (InLine Lunge – blue band) 259a_Inline Lung side - 3 Hold straps, Hold Post, elevate front heel, all 1/2 kneeling band exercises
Step Up (Hurdle step – green band) 259a_Hurdle Step front - 3 Lower step
Dead Clean (rotational – orange band) rotary test Upper & Lower body rolling, 1 arm sumo squat, hang clean
Figure 8 (Rotational – orange band) Band assisted, hands elevated, Band Anti-rotational exercises
Any Overhead movement (Overhead Squat & Shoulder Mobility – white band) Shoulder test This one is tricky because there can be many shoulder issues. Basically face the wall forear slides, Back on floor or wall forearm slides, Band Overhead shrugs, scapular pushups and a lot more

The warmups are important as well. Each workout I target a couple of areas and do specific “correctives”. For example glute bridges for yellow bands or the bretzel or side lying windmill for upper back mobility.

The biggest thing I’ve seen is people want  to advance  before they are ready. They want to do what everyone else is doing and I understand that but if you don’t take the time to build up your strength and perform the basics correctly you’ll never be able to do the advanced variations

Keeping you at the proper level for a given movement pattern also prevents injuries. If you can’t do a hip hinge and I let you do swings there’s a good chance you’ll hurt your back.

So be patient, do the exercise variation based on your colored bands and train hard and before you know it you’ll get rid of the band(s) and be able to do the regular variations.