The Core of the Matter


Mars Core Structure.Today I had an FMS test. That stands for Functional Movement Screen, based on the Functional Movement System. It’s a method for gauging a person’s movements, to see if any of them need correcting. The trainer had me do all kinds of motions while he took measurements and wrote down a score on a form.

Well, it was kind of sobering. My score was 9 out of 21, not exactly wonderful. In fact, any person with a score below 15 is apparently prone to injury. I have to say that aside from a chronic frozen shoulder/rotator cuff issue (which was the main reason I wanted the FMS as physiotherapy has done nothing for it) I have not, actually, had any injuries in two years of running and kettlebell training. I suspect that is because I know when to back off.

Anyway, the good news is that I don’t have any asymmetries, and I had no zeros, which I suspect means an inability to do the motion at all. I have very little shoulder mobility and favour the sore one, which makes sense, but the main thing is that my core is weak. My lousy balance probably follows from that – in fact, everything probably follows from that. It’s not surprising that after three C-sections, two of them vertical, there wouldn’t be much muscle tone in that area. But now that ten years have passed since my final surgery, I’m hoping the exercises I will be doing will help restore some strength, even though it is probably a mass of scar tissue inside … sigh.

Stay tuned as Hadass transforms from wimp to Wonder Woman!!

P.S. The spam comments got a little ridiculous, so I have enabled moderation on all comments (but no CAPTCHAs!). Please be patient …

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6 Responses to “The Core of the Matter”

  1. Magpie Ima Says:

    Those babies sure do a number on the core muscles, don’t they? No c-sections here, but a rather spectacular hernia while carrying #2 that’s been gradually improving in the last 5 years. Very gradually.

  2. Hadass Eviatar Says:

    Did you have it repaired, M?

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Pilates specifically strengthens the center. I am orthodox about my pilates class. Do they have it at your gym? Zohar

  4. Hadass Eviatar Says:

    Yes, they do, but I am going to wait and see what exercises he gives me. I suspect they will be similar ;-). Thanks for the tip!

  5. arkee_titan Says:

    My Sunday weight lifting trainer is off in vet school and until she returns I am in the hands of a CORE trainer. She does not do weights, but she has me on a low stool or on a mat doing more or less what she does in her Pilates classes. She too is a candidate for an aluminum bra and boots, but it appears she is dealing with a totally different set of muscles that play no role in the weight lifting. I feel it the next day, but in general it is good for me, despite being old and decrepit. Good luck.

  6. Hadass Eviatar Says:

    Sounds good to me! I’m glad you are taking such good care of yourself. My plan is to do the same.

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