It was the summer before my sophomore year at Arizona State. A few weeks prior the Mens’ Basketball coach had told me that if I could perform my sophomore year like I did my freshman year, I would be up for a scholarship. That was pretty cool! To earn a scholarship at a Pac-12 school when I never imagined playing at any level of college was exciting! I took the offer seriously and as soon as school ended, my training really began.
I didn’t have the opportunity to do things with university strength coach, this was to be all on my own. I took a page out of the old Rocky training manual and tried to find the most challenging thing I could imagine. Not just physically, but mentally too. Something that would push my body to the limits, but also my will. If you have ever seen a picture of Arizona State you probably saw Sun Devil stadium. Pretty awesome picture, the stadium backs up to what is call “A mountain”. The name is pretty obvious and has a great trail to amazing views.
Well, if you walk around to the side of the mountain there is a place not too many people go. It is a paved driveway that service vehicles mostly go, but it goes what feels like straight up. That became my primary training space. Intimidating, brutal, exhausting, and my nemesis. I would get up at 6 a.m. (trust me, it was already plenty hot by then) and would run repeated sprints as hard as I could, one after the other. It never got easier, it always made me feel like my heart was jumping out of chest. However, the day pre-season started it was all worth it.
The coaches wanted to break us, they wanted to test us mentally and physically, and I knew my training helped me push through even the hardest challenges.
Why am I sharing this with you?
Jessica said to me the other day, “I really don’t think people actually DO the DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training workouts we show them.” I hadn’t really thought about it, but sadly, I think it may be true. I believe people watch them, try to evaluate them, THINK about them, but don’t ever DO them. If you don’t even try our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training workouts, you miss so much. You miss not only what they teach about you physically, but learning how to push yourself through challenges.
It is easy to quit, but if you don’t, some pretty awesome things happen. When I think about how doctors never thought I was going to be able to train hard, or how they told Jessica that she was always going to be in pain, it would have been easy to just accept it. However, DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training grew out of not being willing to have that be our destiny.
I’ll admit it, there are workouts that make me feel like I am back on A mountain. There are times when no one is around and it would be easy to quit. That is when I dig down harder though, that is when I focus on nailing the next repetition, trying the harder progression, representing everything we talk about in DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training. I love the fact it has allowed our family to truly defy the odds.
THAT is why I care if you perform our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training workouts. Truthfully, if we were just about the money, I could care less if you did the workouts as long as you had an Ultimate Sandbag right? I mean, why give almost 600 free videos? Because our mission is for you to achieve things in life you never thought possible. It sounds lofty from a physical challenge, but being able to conquer those sprints on the side of the mountain made me learn how to dig down deep, even during the toughest times. How not to take the easy road and to believe in if I could stay the course how amazing things could become in all aspects of life.
So whether you try Coach Anderson’s recent “Silverback Workout“, or our “A Mountain Workout” (see below), do it! Even if you don’t have the right size, you can’t use the recommended weight, START! If you do so, I know you will be taking the toughest step, the FIRST one!
A Mountain DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training Workout
3: Squat to Press
6: Front Loaded Good Mornings
9: Rotational Lunges per side
Try to use the heaviest Ultimate Sandbag that allows you great form! Don’t rest till the set is complete and aim for 30-60 seconds in between rounds!
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