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Corrective Movement Strategy

Analyze + Correct + Retest = Improvement

A Corrective Movement Strategy (CMS) is an exercise/workout/movement program that is specifically designed to improve an individuals weaknesses and asymmetries.

CMS involves testing and retesting the athletes ability to perform certain movement patterns. Testing should be done by some sort of Functional Movement Screen (FMS).

These types of training sessions should be done either separately from, or just prior to harder strength training.

Major Asymmetries should be trained separately from or, or after harder strength training.

Exercise Selection should be careful to follow the Principles of:

ii)Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand (S.A.I.D).

  • Which exercises you choose should be based on analysis of the athletes FMS and the coaches intuition as to what will work best for each individual.
  • Further assessments can be applied depending on the coaches knowledge and skill.


> Whatever you suck at – do a few sets of 5 reps before your training session.

> If one side is significantly stronger than the other – do a few sets of 5 reps after your training session.

> If anything lacks mobility, get it moving before your training.

They KEY is balancing out your body through movement. If you are always in one position (aka sitting) then you need to move your body in the opposite direction. If you always move in a specific direction then you need to practice the other direction also.

Makes Sense.

But not as easy in practice!

This is because improvement is sometimes slow. Patience is needed. That being said, subtle improvements can be detected within a training session by retest the movement patterns in question as much as possible (multiple times a session).

Continuous testing and retesting should occur in order to determine which corrective exercise is producing the greatest results.

This process of testing, analysis, implementation of corrective exercises and then (re)testing is a great strategy for improving your movement.

Try it out, let me know what happens!

If you have any questions let me know

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> Tyler Lees-Schmut (Author)


LET THERE BE two athletes –

of the same sport and same task.

One athlete may be able to repeat this task again and again without issue.

The other may be unable to complete this task even once…



 The concept of periodization for athletics is not a new concept, but its usage is of fundamental importance to anyone looking to make systematic improvements in their training and involve the often-forgotten variable of individualization.

I use the term athlete loosely. All of you are athletes. 


 The long-term cyclic structuring of training and practice to maximize performance to coincide with important competitions.

Simply, it is the program design strategy that governs planned, systematic variations in:

i) Specificity,

ii) Intensity,

iii) Volume.

The goal of periodization is to maximize gains with the minimal effective dose – So that injury risk is reduced as much as possible. 

If designed properly {over a macro cycle or large amount of time} the individual or athlete should peak multiple times. 

In a basic sense we need to take the goal that is needed by the athlete and apply appropriate stimulus to achieve that goal – while at the same tome not adding any unnecessary stimuli that would detract from the achieving of that goal.

Seems simple.

4 major benefits from Periodizing correctly

1) managing fatigue.

2) manages both general and specific needs of the athlete.

3) ability to optimize performance over a designated period of time.

4) accounts for time constraints training age of person and environmental factors. 

Generally at LatsOn Training we use a traditional macro cycle which covers a calendar year. Broken up into Strength, Transition and Conditioning mesocycles. 

The be all and end all of periodization for a client is that you do need a general knowledge of what periodization is but, in the end, leave the specific details and applications to certified coaches!

That’s all for now,

Stay strong folks!!


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