Gray Cook on the Clinical Strength Podcast

Written by TPI FMS

Gray Cook joined Travis Jewett for his third appearance on the “Clinical Strength Podcast.” Download it on iTunes here or listen in full below.

Here is a summary and some highlights. 

Gray Cook was asked on his thoughts on training in the US Army and the high rate of injury involved. 0:00-17:58

  • “The problem is that 100 years ago you could assume function, now you can’t. Function has become a measurable problem.” (3:55 ) 
  • “Building the foundation of a house does not look like putting a roof on, but one has to come before the other and that’s the problem. The military is doing everything they can do to soften fitness, but if we soften it too much it won't make boot camp anything like war. And sending a bunch of people to war that aren't prepared for it doesn’t do anybody any good.” (5:08) 


Listener Question: “Would you or would you not use FMS on someone who is 10-13 years old?”  18:00 - 26:04

  • “The first order of business of a movement screen isn't to tell you if you’re a good mover or not. It’s to tell you if you are having a health problem or a functional problem.” (19:58) 
  • The 10-13 range is so vital because it is on the horizon of “Peak Growth Velocity” where kids are growing at disproportional rates. 
  • “There is absolutely no reason not to screen the average adolescent enjoying activity even more so if they are going into athletics.” (23:06) 
  • “Look at the movement screen.  Just step back and look at the test.  It’s a squat, a hurdle step, a lunge, a push-up, a crawling movement and hip and shoulder mobility.  If your kid can’t do that at 10, I think you could have some serious concerns.” (24:04)
  • Travis Jewett: “If you run across 10 year olds who can’t squat and have pain with movement, there’s something fundamentally wrong.” (25:00) 


Listener Question: “If you were looking to switch practitioners, what are some good questions that you would be asking?”  26:05 - 36:00

  • The first thing that Cook seeks is “happy patients with successful outcomes.” This comes by asking those around your community. (26:50)
  • Complete Physical Reconnaissance - “How much can you do with what you’ve got and can any more be done?” (30:26) 


Listener Question: “How do you identify the people that you want to mentor or work closely with FMS. When you were younger, how did reach out and look for guys that you wanted to learn from?”  36:00 - 49:12

  • Qualities of an elite Trainer from Gray Cook:
    • Practicing Clinicians or Coaches
    • Don’t bring your ego into the locker room
    • Sense of humor
    • Low maintenance
    • Highly respectful
    • Not watching the clock
    • Not saying “What’s in it for me?”
    • Be able to be an apprenticed and mentored
    • Accomplished something on their own


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