This past weekend I got to be a part of a pretty cool event. It was the 16th annual Sanford Strength and Power Conference. One of the things that made it so cool was the fact it was interesting cross section of doctors, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and strength coaches. Teaching information that could be relevant to all these different health disciplines could be really challenging.
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I decided to to simply give them the science of DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training. Something pretty cool happens when they see how much science our system is based off of and how the Ultimate Sandbag is designed to specifically meet those demands.
Of course one of the best parts was also listening to other great speakers including someone who had a great influence on DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training, Robert Dos Remedios (Coach Dos). Any time you can be around someone who has trained so many different people from Olympic athletes to professional athletes and so much more in his over 30 year career, you BETTER take notes.
Of course I love listening to Coach Dos because EVERY time I get great ideas from him, this time was no exception! Without actually talking to each other about our own presentations there were some crazy similarities. One in particular was our focus on power.
Why is power so important? You might not be an athlete or have athletic endeavors anywhere on your radar. Power isn’t just for athletes, it is one of the MOST important qualities for anyone that wants to be healthy, fit, and strong!
We often think of power as a really intimidating idea, but it is just how we introduce and teach the concepts. In fact, the FIRST fitness quality we lose as we age is power! Yes, we lose our fast-twitch muscle fibers and this becomes a big issue in the quality of our every day life.
“..simple progressive exercise training, even in the 10th decade, increases muscle power and is associated with an improved performance of functional activities using the trained muscles.” -Training for Muscle Power in Older Adults: Effects on Functional Abilities
One of the BIG ideas Coach Dos and I really agreed upon was that power can and SHOULD be developed so many different ways. Unfortunately nowadays people think of power as only things like burpees, olympic lifts, box jumps, and medicine ball slams. While these are examples of power, like all our functional fitness training, power needs to be more multi-dimensional. There needs to be changes of direction, positions, and angles.
The answer is really blending power types of movements like DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training master, Greg Gergely Perlaki, does in the video below. Both our Ultimate Sandbag Training and the new addition of our ARES sled allows us to train power in a multitude of ways and allowing for lots of progressive exercises so any fitness level can learn how to create better power.
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No seriously, learning just how to accelerate and control our body during many of our Ultimate Sandbag Training workouts allows people to maintain higher levels of power. A big reason we see people shuffling their feet as they walk, have an increase fear of falling, and unable to perform many everyday activities is this lack of power! That’s why work by DVRT Master, Larisa Lotz, shows how easily and safely we can introduce power to just about anyone’s fitness program.
Yes, fitness can get you lean and strong, but it also can improve your quality of life. Our goal with DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training isn’t to just make you look better, but to help how you live as well. That is what we mean when we say DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training “bring strength to life!”