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At Health1stGym Slatyford Newcastle our professional trainers integrated the Functional Movement Systems philosophies into our program design. Our belief at health1stgym as the name say’s health first, not fitness first or strong first our methodologies is health first. Integrating the functional movement system into our program design makes our team of personal trainers at health1stgym Slatyford Newcastle really believe that this form of screening and standardizing movement is essential for safe, timely and 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 limitations with 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.

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So it is our belief that Debbie and Dave’s Foundational movement patterns needed to be assessed before we could create their program to fit their individual needs. Our goal at health1stgym Slatyford Newcastle is to provide the best personal training services within a small affordable smart group setting. Using the Functional Movement System, we are able to establish a solid baseline for Debbie and Dave to better help them manage and achieve their long term fitness goals.

We realize that injuries are going to happen. However, it’s our job at health1stgym 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.


This training philosophy is the foundation of our personal training and our small smart group training program. It’s the job of our professional trainers at health1stgym Slatyford Newcastle to get results and keep you moving in a safe, smart, effective way. It’s about the quality of the movement, not the quantity.