Yes, I liked having a play on the title of this post about some Ultimate Sandbag exercises that really show the uniqueness of what we are doing with our DVRT system.
I’ll admit first though, that even though I was an athlete for many years, I never really performed Cleans. I didn’t have much of an idea of what they were or how they would benefit me. My first exposure with them was with our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag exercises.
I point this out because I didn’t have much bias to one form of Cleans versus another. Especially the way I look at movement being a physical therapist. For me, I always look at the why’s before I look at the how’s.
When Josh explained to me the benefits of Cleans being to teach people how to accelerate a weight from the ground to the shoulders often as people REALLY pick things up from the ground (people actually Clean as much if not more than they actually Deadlift) as well as learning how to build deceleration strength, I could see a lot of benefit from such training.
However, when people get focused on an exercise over a movement I often get concerned if they lost the real point of implementing such drills even DVRT Ultimate Sandbag exercises.
I like to teach people to Clean, but more importantly, I want to make sure they can perform the Clean motion in a variety angles and positions. Let’s face it, we don’t always produce strength when things are most balanced. Often I see people get hurt when they reach, move, and do real world actions, not necessarily what they do just in the gym.
That is why our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag exercises are so great for real world strength training. Most people assume it is JUST that the sand in the Ultimate Sandbag shifts and moves, but there is far more to our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag exercises than just shifting sand.
Learning to move with strength, balance, agility, and reactivity allows us to build a more real world approach to strength training. In order to demonstrate how we take the concept of Cleans and work on resisting as well as producing force, moving in different directions while maintaining posture and alignment, and understanding how to have true three dimensional strength I wanted to share some of my favorite DVRT Ultimate Sandbag exercises that progress the classic Clean in very unique ways.
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