• Quality over Quantity- Why Functional Movement

    Training Quality Over Quantity

    Recently, at Improvement Warrior Fitness (formerly Yun Fit The UN Bootcamp and Yun Fitness Bootcamps) here, we integrated the Functional Movement Systems philosophies into our program design.  Our beliefs and methodologies have been based around these training systems for quite some time, but we had no baseline screening system for classifying if someone is able to safely enter our program to get the results they are looking for.  Integrating this system into our large group format program design has been nothing short of amazing.  Our team at Improvement Warrior Fitness here really believes that this form of screening and standardizing movement is essential for safe, timely, effective results.

    In order to better understand the premise of where these beliefs stem from, let’s take a look at some of the rules that Functional Movement Systems are based around.


    • Pain should not be present while performing basic bodyweight movement patterns.  If there is pain associated with these basic movement patterns, movement patterns will be compromised and substantially increase the likelihood for developing further injury to the site of pain.  Also, this could lead to a secondary injury from the body compensating to avoid the pain or restricted movement.
    • Having multiple limitations within several basic movement patterns, even if they’re pain free, can create compensations and general weaknesses that may lead to a greater likelihood of injury.
    • Basic unilateral movement patterns should be symmetrical on both right and left sides of the body.
    • Fundamental and basic movement patterning should precede performance related activities.
    • Basic before Complex, Stable before Unstable

    Foundational movement patterns need to be assessed before we can create a program designed to fit each individuals needs.  Our goal at Improvement Warrior Fitness  is to provide the best personal training services in Hilliard, Columbus, Reynoldsburg and surrounding areas.  Using the Functional Movement Screening Systems, we were able to establish a solid baseline screening system to better help manage and prevent injury to the musculoskeletal system.  Also by establishing a baseline scoring criteria, we will be able to monitor and track progress to ensure that the right program is being implemented.

    All of this screening, assessing, and implementing the right mix of corrective exercises into the programs are going to help keep our clientele safer and healthier for long periods of time.  We realize that injuries are going to happen.  However, it’s our job to reduce the likelihood of injury.  After all, if someone gets injured during training, their outlook and thought processes about exercise can be compromised for the rest of their lives.  Exercise should be enjoyable…Exercise should be well thought out and serve a purpose…Exercise should help you meet and exceed your goals…Exercise should help improve movement patterns and make daily activities more enjoyable.

    enjoying exercise

    This training philosophy is the foundation of our personal training and large group (formerly bootcamp) program design at Improvement Warrior Fitness.  We’ve had multiple questions about exercises being “red lighted.”  The reason for taking certain exercises out of your program all stem back to these five rules.  It’s our job to get results and keep you injury free.  It’s all about the quality of the movement, not the quantity.

    Under our menu tabs up above under EDUCATION> FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN, you can see some of the other articles we have written including the actual movements included in the screen and their corrective exercises.