If there is one thing I am use to, it is having a lot of Home Simpson moments! You know, where Homer FINALLY gets it and gives his famous, DOH!
Why? Because there have many so many times in developing DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training I come across something that makes so much sense, something that was right in front of my face, something sooooo good, that I want to smack myself in the head that I didn’t see it sooner! I like to call that the learning process nowadays:)
This is exactly what happened though when I was thinking about better ways of doing the Rotational Lunge. I know, lunges, say the word and people scramble (especially us guys!). Yet, more and more I see how powerful this DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training exercise really is in developing so many aspects of fitness at once. I mean, imagine if I said we could train strength, stability, core integration, flexibility, and endurance all at once. Most people would be pretty interested right? Well, that is what the Rotational Lunge does, but guess what? Yea, it takes some work!
Now, the Rotational Lunge I shouldn’t have to justify too much. It is cool how much this exercise has been embraced by athletes and fitness enthusiasts all over the world! My bigger question was how do we make it BETTER and add more layers?
That is when my inner Homer Simpson came about. DOH! Why not simply follow our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training principles and the answer becomes obvious! If we look in lower body dominant DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training drills we see we alter how we hold the Ultimate Sandbag before we change how we stand when we lift the Ultimate Sandbag. If we do that we can see the Rotational Lunge actually refers to an entire GROUP of DVRT exercises!!!
Now, of course we could alter the weight of the Ultimate Sandbag, or the speed, but surprisingly both these concepts may not be ideal for your situation or goals. I have seen people that can move slowly while performing Rotational Lunges, but add a little speed and the movement falls apart. I’ve seen others that could add more load but didn’t have access to the wide array of Ultimate Sandbags we do at the gym. So, now what?!
Just by changing the holding position of the Ultimate Sandbag not only do we have more options, we have BETTER progressions. We can work the body in a similar manner, but it feels COMPLETELY different!
As we move up the chain of these DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Rotational Lunge progressions we start to be able to identify new areas of our body that may have been hiding, or we just couldn’t hit. All of a sudden we don’t have just new exercises, but ones that take us another step closer to our fitness goals.
You see it isn’t just hitting a new muscle, or even group of muscles. It is really gaining understanding how the body is both connected and is meant to move. We are learning more and more about the body all the time. Understanding things we didn’t really before, but our knowledge of how the body functions isn’t necessarily transferring to how we end up actually training the body. When you see something like the diagram below, you will see how connected the body really is and why these DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training progressions just aren’t to be “cool”, or “different”, they are meant to be something so much more. To really combine science into practical settings. If you get THAT then you will see how amazing DVRT really can become.
Now, I didn’t show ALL the DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training Rotational Lunge progressions in today’s video because I picked the ones you would notice the biggest difference the fastest. As I state in the video though, “don’t just get through the movement.” No! Rather you need to be VERY intentional not just about where you are moving from, but where you are NOT moving from! Try adding one or two of these variations to your next workout and see how not only they impact your fitness programs, but how DVRT continue to give you more effective options to keeping training fun and effective!