Have you ever been in a fitness class and felt a twinge in your knee during a lunge? Or how about that back pinch just from your regular morning stretch? You may feel as fit as a fiddle until one of those strings snaps, reflecting an imbalance in your body.
Full disclosure: both of us discovered the sucky-ness of injury this summer with pinched nerves and bulging discs. Stress+work/blog computer scrunching+cell phone snapping=a toll on your bod!
Trainer Raynor Time
We were curious and a bit nervous when we got an invite to try a functional movement assessment with Jason Raynor, Master Nike Trainer. Raynor has a flex worthy list of fitness certifications and experience including a stint as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Washington Redskins.
Traynor Raynor demoing a walking side squat
We met up with him at one of his current sweat spots, the JW Marriot in downtown Chicago, to get the rehab and rebound experience of functional movement assessments. Think of it as self-help for your fit life!
Now let’s get to the fitty gritty deets.
Functional Movement Assessment Basics
Functional movement assessments can help you identify those instabilities, not only to prevent injury but to amp your athletic performance. Even amateur fit fiends like us could benefit by optimizing our every day movements.
Trainer Raynor guided us through the first 3 of the 7 movement patterns of the functional movement system.
- Deep Squat
- Hurdle Step
- In Line Lunge
- Shoulder Mobility
- Active Straight Leg Raise
- Trunk Stability Push Up
- Rotary Stability
Trainer Raynor evaluating Monica’s deep squat
But that was just the warm up! After each movement, he asked follow-up questions, gave feedback, and took detailed notes. Both of us had different areas of strengths and weaknesses. Kate had mobility issues with her hurdle step (think slow mo-hurdle) while Monica held tightness in her hip flexors that showed up as knee pain during her split stance lunge. (Check our short video post on Instagram)
Trainer Raynor teaching the proper hand and feet placement for a deep squat
Raynor tackled our tensions with personalized stretches and taught us how to move to protect from injury. Practiced consistently, these corrective exercises will wipe out your inconsistencies and put you in peak form!
Monica practicing a corrective stretch for her hip flexors
A detailed report is sent to you after your sesh to ensure you can “work it out nowwww” more efficiently and effectively. Trainor Raynor doesn’t just work on your fitness (although that’s Fergalicious enough). He targets all areas of health transformation with:
- Team or group athletic development and coaching
- Nutrition Consulting
- Individualized Personal Training
We are huge fit fans of the functional movement assessment and plan on going back to complete the screening. Ready to be that agile athlete hiding inside you? Contact Trainor Raynor for appointments and rates! Check out his profile on the following:
*We received one shared functional movement session in exchange for an honest unbiased review*