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Troy Anderson DVRT Master Instructor (Alpha Kettlebell)
Personally I love when folks just
step in it (pardon the farm pun)
…… and don’t even realize it.
Ya, know those times when the
minute someone opens their
mouth, you KNOW that they are
completly full of it.
In the day and age where
everyone is an expert at everything.
There are two areas that this type
of hubris REALLY standout in the
1) people who allege to have a basis
or understanding of the of farm work
when in reference to developing physical
2) Unstable implement training, specifically
Ask any Joe, Sally, or Jazzy
trainer and they readily claim
to have done thousands of hours
of manual farm labor and have
been training with unconventional
implements like “sandbags”, for decades……
If for some reason you take them
to task and ask them WHY, they
do what they do.
They’ll confidently and emphatically
claim that training with sandbags is
great because ofthe ‘instability’ and/or
These are just the type of ‘sound bites’
that allow you to ‘instantly’ recognize our
doo-doo foot, instant expert.
The sandbag is a very open-source
implement that can be use for almost
any training goal which is the best
and worst aspect of sandbag training.
Leaving a large swath of two groups.
Naysayers with the battle cry of: how’s that possible
that there’s a system for sandbag training!
Doo-doo experts glom on the lastets, coolest,
hippster ‘thing’ and don’t think they should have
to or need system. Affectionately also known as the
“I got this guy.”
Quite a paradox if you ask me.
See I’m from a farm steady grinding work
wins the day. When it comes to Ultimate Sandbag
training that means mastering the basics
and understanding where the system will/can
take you, then of course everyone’s favorite word
practice, ‘you said practice’
Today’s WOD is inspired by moving
1,000 miles, getting back to my origins.
Being inspired by my surrounding and
trying to put into context a couple things
I am pretty passionate about being
Farm Strong and DVRT Ultimate Sandbag training.
[Ironically that both have a lot of similarities]
The reason why ‘farm strong’ and Ultimate Sandbag
training have such great carry-over to
so many other athletic and lifestyle
Is wait for the system….the system
builds the STRENGTH.
Whether you start off as an 8 yr old
carrying buckets of water
A 58 yr old learning how to do Bear
The longer you stay in the system
the more carry-over you get or
in other words the more Farm Strong
In regards to sandbag training specifically
the DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training system
a HUGE tenet of the success is accuracy or in
other words respecting the subtly of the REAL WORLD.
In DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training we make
and train subtle progressive overload manipulation
like, load shift load, load position,
footwork with great intent and accuracy.
Whether doing the clean & press,
the Around the World/AtW, or just
holding an excellent front load position
all of these when practiced (there’s that word again)
over time make a BIG IMPACT.
The relationship and carry-over
Farm Strong is simply, on the
farm things are rarely
equal and at the same
we aren’t making maximal
load attempts yet we are doing
a wide variety of strength efforts
If say it sounds like you are
doing a little of everything
you’d be correct.
Another great training concept we
present in today’s WOD is descending
complexity in an effort to manage fatigue
express optimal movement quality, whether
in power movement or a static hold
So we taken inspiration from many places
- Being back on the Anderson Farm
- DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training
- and if a little sprinkle of FMS(love the lift and chop, do ya)
in our road to rocking today’s WOD
called: FarmStrong Origins
** 6 Rds **
1 Round = Below
L. Side Vertical SledgeHammer Strike x 20 sec
R. Side Vertical SledgeHammer Strike x 20 sec
Ultimate Sandbag Training Clean & Press/Push-Press x 20 sec
MisFit Double Kettlebell Rack Hold x 40 sec
Rest 50 sec
Repeat 5 more times
The moral of the WOD is whether you are
using DVRT or working on the Farm(strong)
you’ve got to ‘work/practice’ your system and
if you do diligently and consistently the system
will provide you a bountiful harvest of all-around
strength, or you you could just call it Farm Strong