I hadn’t given it a lot of thought when it came to myself. Odd because I would try to convince clients of this very thing. In order to help clients commit to their fitness goals I wanted to focus on something bigger. I wanted them to see how fitness would change many aspects of their lives.
Can it though? Can fitness be anything more than a means of losing a few pounds? Even though we know fitness can be a great boost to one’s health, I think overall it still looked at a rather vain pursuit.
I can’t tell you the number of clients I worked with that found the biggest challenge in achieving their fitness goals was the other people in their lives. It never ceases to amaze me how people will try to sabotage even the best intended fitness goals by those they love! However, I digress.
Fitness is more than just those “stubborn few pounds though”. Anyone that has faced limitations in their life because their body just wouldn’t let them do what they wanted, knows exactly what I mean!
This is a lesson that I learned after my neck surgery. I had always focused either on performance goals and/or cosmetic ones for my own training. Yet, after my neck surgery , it seemed like the most simple things were some of the MOST important things in my life.
I can remember being frustrated that I couldn’t even take my dogs on a walk because every step I could feel the pain in my neck. Such obstacles make us start wondering, “will I ever be able to do anything?!” There is not just doubt, but anger, sadness, and frustration. This is a big reason that many people develop depression while they are recovering from an injury.
I remember this was a moment where I put a challenge to myself. If I really believed in DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training, if I believed it could be a game changer for others, how about starting with myself?
It was time to be the student, it was time to put the theories into the most demanding tests, real life.
Within my first four weeks I remember going back to the neurologist and him asking me, “so, how is the walking?” I had to chuckle, I said, “yea, been doing a bit more than walking.” Not sure to what I was referring to he began to examine my progress and was absolutely shocked with how fast I was recovering. He said, “I don’t know WHAT you are doing, but keep doing it.” I could only help but smile.
The smile was because I knew, I knew I was on a path where I would come back, I would regain the life that I once knew. The truth is nothing is ever the same, but the wisdom I would gain by continuing to work with our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training program would change everything I thought about fitness and health.
Fast forward a few years and that is what gets me excited. Sure it is fun to help someone reach a personal best in the gym, but way better is seeing someone who thought the life they knew was lost, regain the confidence to not just repeat their life, but exceed it!
A few weeks ago here at DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training we ran a little contest. We wanted to see how DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training had impacted YOUR lives. Honestly, we were completely moved by so many of the great submissions. We wanted to share with you some of our very favorites!
I was specifically moved by the story of Dinah. She started with the simple goal of losing some weight, but then found how DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training became so much more to her open a whole new direction of her life.
“I remember the first time I saw your products and thought yes, I gotta have that! I waited, saved my extra dollars and finally, for a Mother’s Day gift to myself, purchased your Power Model sandbag. That all happened the year I decided to change my life and lose 40lbs. Fast forward 2-1/2 years and I am now a personal trainer, opening my own fitness studio and challenging myself to the HKC certification this Fall. When I combine your sandbag training philosophies with my passion for kettlebell training, I feel unstoppable, powerful and stronger than ever.”-Dinah Spurgin