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Fixing Shoulders and Backs with Ultimate Sandbag Training

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When I first started DVRT in 2005 I really had no direction. I believed in the idea of “sandbag training”, but other than just being really challenging, hard, and fun, I really didn’t know where to go with it.

That is until I started working with my clients at my gym over the course of a few years. What started off just as a means to make people “work hard”, started to become something else.

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Only the more we worked with people everyday did we start to see how Ultimate Sandbag Training could impact them so powerfully. 

The more people I worked with our ideas of Ultimate Sandbag Training the more the system started to take form. Most importantly seeing how people started changing their movement more and more, so did my vision of what I wanted the DVRT system to really become.

Fast forward today and nothing makes me happier to see how people are using DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training to solve such a host of needs for people. Probably none have been more impactful in reducing people’s pain and dramatically improving their quality of movement.

It seems without fail we can talk about shoulders and low backs as some of the biggest stopping points with people. Interestingly enough, there is a lot the shoulders and low back have in common.

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How? Both can be dramatically impacted by a lack of core stability. As we have talked a lot about core training with our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training posts, it is with good reason. If your core isn’t firing then it is amazing how many other issues come up!

If you look at what Strength Coach, Mike Boyle, and Therapist, Gray Cook, call the “joint by joint approach” you can see why this happens.

This is admittedly an oversimplification, but it is suppose to show the priorities of different areas of the body. So, when an area is suppose to create stability and is weak, then the areas above and below get impacted. Most importantly, the body will shut down your overall movement.

That is why core training is more than just about “abs”, it is about establishing stability from the right areas. Not only do we get stronger, but we end up moving better. It happens fast too! Watch what happened when DVRT Master, Paige Fleischmann, did a few of our Ultimate Sandbag Training drill for her client.

It isn’t just doing planks either, but being aware of how we use the ground, create tension, and use the natural chains of our body. We don’t live on the ground and our training shouldn’t either. It is about progression though and when you see your strength coming more to life you see your Ultimate Sandbag Training also become more dynamic.

Such DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training drills aren’t novel or crazy, rather about putting the pieces of good movement together. When you do that it is amazing what happens to your movement, fitness, and those annoying aches/pains. Almost by “magic” things seem to get better, but it isn’t magic, it is knowing how the body works.

If you want to find out more about dramatically changing your own or other’s fitness check out our upcoming DVRT programs HERE