The FMC workshop series was designed to help teach people to move properly. Level 1 teaches 7 foundational movement patterns, and effective bracing strategies to help gain control over movement. While it’s mostly taken by fitness professionals (personal trainers and fitness instructors) to improve their ability to coach clients, the information and practical work is extremely valuable to fitness enthusiasts, athletes, sport coaches and anyone seeking to improve their movement quality. No experience or prerequisites are necessary.
Level 2 and 3 are more geared to fitness professionals, but again are still very helpful for the public who is looking to expand their knowledge of movement, fitness, and health. If you have a body, and move it each day, you will benefit from this workshop series!
That’s great! Education is always important. However, this information is not taught in any major certification, or even University courses. Sure, we all learn basic exercise technique, along with some anatomy and physiology, but this does not mean we’ve learned how to coach movement. The information you learn in this workshop series, starting from FMC1 is designed to help you better understand movement, debunk many of the current myths and mistakes that happen in fitness and exercise, while helping you coach your clients to better results in less time.
Attendees are eligible for credits from their certifying organization. Attendees are automatically eligible for 15.5 AFLCA credits, but students have successfully been granted credits from CanFit Pro, CSEP, NSCA, ACE, and others. Every governing body has different rules, but I’ve never heard of a student being denied credits for attending the workshops. It’s simply a matter of sending in the syllabus/outline, and instructor bio (we provide this for you).
Gray Cook’s Functional Movement Screen is a great program. What we do in the FMC series is different in several key ways. First, FMS is meant to be a simple, quick, repeatable screen to highlight movement red flags. This is very helpful as part of a larger program, but doesn’t help the client immediately with coaching about their movement.
Second, FMS is also very standardized, and not typical of many common gym exercises (that’s part of the point). Our FMC protocol is based on the 7 Primal or Foundational movement patterns (Push, Pull, Hinge, Lunge, Squat, Gait, Rotate), as well as scapular and pelvic bracing strategies. We teach you how to gain competence in performing the primal movements, coach these skills, and effectively evaluate movement as part of a highly interactive onboarding session for a client. This process builds differentiation, rapport, expertise, sets a foundation for program design, and future client sessions.
FMS and Primal Pattern Coaching work well in conjunction with each other. FMS is great for ongoing “check-ins” and to evaluate the effectiveness of the movement coaching you’ve provided to your client
Primal move is very creative movement program focussed on non-traditional patterns. It blends Yoga, dance, and animal movements into a “flowing” routine. It’s excellent for mobility, coordination, and to add some uniqueness to your training. However, it’s not as applicable to fitness professionals working with clients on a daily basis.
While we cover many of the animal movement styles in Level 2, the FMC workshop series takes a more practical approach to foundational movement patterns, and focusses on the coaching aspects of technique (alignment and activation) throughout each primal pattern and exercise variation. If you are a personal trainer or fitness instructor, you will see a much more positive impact on your business with the skills provided in the FMC series.
Most importantly, you will receive world class movement coaching knowledge that you can apply to your own workouts as well as your client coaching sessions. You will also receive a certificate of completion, and any CEC’s that you apply for with your certifying institution. Currently, this education is structured as a workshop. There is no exam.
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