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Functional Movement and Corrective Exercise Tips from MTVAC Personal Trainer

Certified Personal Trainer and Functional Movement for group fitnessMTVAC’s own Zach Zyzyk is leading the Functional Movement Systems charge around our Alexandria gym, and our members are loving the results! Many have seen vast improvements in their posture, gait and overall ability to move in as little as one session with a personal trainer!

How Functional Movement Helps

FMS may seem like a fad or buzz word passed around the gym, but it’s been around for decades and is proving to be an excellent tool for everyone, from the occasional runner to professional athletes. In fact, FMS is being used in high school athletics around the country to both rehab athletes who are trying to bounce back from injuries, and keep healthy athletes injury-free. These are two essential elements to a high school athlete’s career as his or her body continues to grow.

Another important element of FMS is the Functional Movement Screen. This screener completed by an FMS-certified personal trainer takes a person through basic movements and exercises to ensure proper form. The idea is that you need the fundamentals down first before moving on to more intricate or specialized training. If the basics are wrong, everything else will be, too… leading to injury.

According to Physical Therapist and FMS Founder Gray Cook, “You can’t put fitness on dysfunction.” 

Personal Trainer Tip: Use Corrective Exercises

Staying flexible, loose and injury-free is the goal. And along those lines, personal trainer Zach has some tips that virtually anyone can use to help. While these exercises are ideal for overhead athletes like tennis players, they also help those who sit at a computer for a long period of time. To regain movement and fix slouching shoulders, try these three corrective exercises:

The first two exercises are self-myofascial release (SMR) techniques. First, grab a foam roller to release the serratus anterior. Then use a lacrosse ball to help release the pectoral minor. Both of these muscles contribute to rounding and slouching of the shoulders, as well as anterior shoulder pain. The third exercise is a prone cobra using a bosu to help with hip stability. This may look a little different from the more traditional version of the cobra. This bosu version of the prone cobra better engages the core, lower and mid traps without going into hyper-extension of the lower back (which could lead to injury and pain). These corrective exercises can be done on an off day or after a workout.

Interested in the insight and injury prevention that only a personal trainer can provide? Why not sign up and try a workout with an MTVAC personal trainer like Zach today? Whether you are starting at the beginning and need to build fundamentals, or you’re a seasoned pro looking to improve form and function, personal training can help!

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