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DVRT Water Bags for Better Functional Fitness

DVRT Water Bags for Better Functional Fitness

The best innovations are those that create solutions for real problems. For me, it was tough, being on the road A LOT it was difficult to keep on my fitness goals and to train like I wanted. Sure, there were the cheesy hotel gyms with 25 pounds dumbbells from 1980, the random band, and a stability ball that had seen better days, but these weren’t serious options for me to keep me towards my goal. 

DVRT Water Bags for Better Functional Fitness

It didn’t dawn on me what I could do differently as usually getting one of our Ultimate Sandbags from where I was teaching wasn’t a practical option either. Then we got a call from the U.S. Army Special Forces Recruiting Battalion. The head of the program reached out to me because he wanted me to create a fitness program. 

sandbag military training

We are proud of the relationship we have had with many branches of the military, police, and fire departments. 

There were a few stipulations to the program design though. For one, it couldn’t be Crossfit (you can get mad at me all you want, but that was the first condition given to me). The second was he wanted each workout to be different (ugh, this posed numerous issues in my head). Third, the goal of the program was not only to help soldiers to pass the Selection process, but to do so with lowered injury rates. Lastly, he wanted soldiers to be able to perform these workouts literally anywhere. This meant there would be situations where sand may NOT be an option. 

While I was very excited about the prospect, I was also a bit overwhelmed by some of these challenges. I am a big believer in following a program so that we can build specific qualities and see what is working and what needs to be changed. 

Addressing the two of the goals specifically seemed to be very challenging. One was the idea of making every workout different but not lose our purpose with what we were trying to accomplish the overall goal. That is where people go wrong so many times, they want entertainment, not success. 

strength training

Still one of my favorite quotes from Alwyn Cosgrove. Training is to achieve an outcome, the outcome isn’t the exercise. 

However, in DVRT we have a system that shows us how we can have the same movement at different levels. Usually we tend to think of these as progressions of exercises, but what I wanted to do was use these different levels of drills to offer some periodization to the program. Instead of altering intensity through the use of varying loads or repetitions, I did so through what level of the movement we used. So, some squatting drills focused on more stability/mobility, others more maximal strength, and others were a combination of both. That allowed me to make each workout different, but very purposeful at the same time. 

DVRT Master, Greg Perlaki, shows an example of these concepts in our hip bridges. 

Whew, got one of the big hurdles out of the way. What were we going to do about the other though? How would we solve not having sand for sandbags? That is where the idea of creating water bags began. If we simply changed the insert of our Ultimate Sandbags to those that could hold water, then we could provide the ability to do DVRT pretty much anywhere in the world. 

That was about ten years ago and that experience bred our Selection program that some may remember, but also our DVRT water bags. What we discovered since that point was both the opportunity of providing strength training anywhere without having to sacrifice the quality of our training. 

ultimate sandbag military fitness

The other was building even more layers to our DVRT program. The use of the water bags provided another stability component in our system that gave important feedback to exercises like MAX lunges, Shoulder Squats, Shoveling and many more drills. We found that if there was any compensation to these movements that the water bags exposed where we weren’t creating proper tension or positioning. 

These are some great ways to demonstrate the unique attributes of our DVRT Water Bags.

Of course the real key is how we build some great workouts! Leave it to DVRT Master, to show how he used the water bags to create a powerful hotel workout while he was helping me at the recent perform better summit!

Get our DVRT water bags HERE and get our sand fillers for FREE when you invest in ANY of our water bags. You can get water and sand in three of our most popular sizes in our NEW DVRT combo and save 25% with coupon code “july” HERE. Oh, and you get our 80 workout Metabolic Resistance Training program for FREE when you get this great complete gym package!