DVRT Master, Amanda Thebe (Fit N’ Chips.com)
In Toronto it gets cold, REALLY COLD! There is also this funny thing called snow that hits us pretty hard. Let’s just say a Toronto winter is not an easy one, but I am not complaining:)
It is funny though how these winters really test out a unusual form of strength. I can’t tell you how many people have come to me over the years because they threw their back outs, or hurt themselves doing the unusual task of snow shoveling! Yea, snow shoveling. When you think about it though, it isn’t all that surprising. Shoveling snow can put us in some positions and postures we just aren’t use to, especially if we train in the manner most do in the gym. I call the difference between how strong someone is in and out of the gym as the “real world strength deficit”. Of course, I am being a bit silly here, but the truth is some of the people I have worked with were quite confused.
They couldn’t understand how they thought they were in shape, did the right exercises, and then went out and shoveled snow a few times absolutely RUINED them. Our daily tasks see us bending, lifting and twisting, so it essential that we establish a stable and strong ability to move in different planes and actually be STRONG in these different postures and positions. This is the type of training that truly goes a long way to prevent us from getting injured. Why is it then that most people who exercise tend to stay on the sagittal plane? For those of you who don’t know that term, it means a vertical plane moving forward and backwards, basically cutting the body in half from left to right.
Adding rotational-based training to your workouts will help your iron out weaknesses in your stability and imbalances through the torso. That’s why I love including the DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Rotational Clean and Press whenever I can. As you move through the DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training Rotational Clean and Press, you actually end up stimulating all planes of motion. Yes, there is a HUGE rotational component, however, you have to balance and power in the frontal and sagittal planes as well.
That is the reality of functional fitness, we aren’t trying to mimic real life, but build the qualities in our movement and strength that makes us better for our real job, life!!
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