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Going Beyond the Magical Exercise | Ultimate Sandbag Exercises

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The first time I walked into Starbucks I was a bit freaked out!

There were so many options, so many names of things I still don’t know to this day what everything is on the menu.

I am not sure if I actually ordered anything my first time, I didn’t want to feel stupid ordering something wrong. 

My Starbucks overwhelming experience does remind me of why some people feel apprehensive about DVRT Ultimate Sandbag exercises. I mean there are SO many you can do, it can be overwhelming for some. So much so, that people end up walking away with DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training like I did from Starbucks. 

The point of my Starbucks story was to tell you that I understand that more options is not always a good thing! In fact, in business, they often say if you give the customer too many options they end up doing nothing. Hey, I’ve been there myself so I get it!

For a rookie it could have been a bit overwhelming!

Instead though of thinking of DVRT Ultimate Sandbag exercises as all these options that you don’t know what to do with, think of them as progressions. What’s the difference? If you actually take a few minutes to know the “why’s” of DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training, you actually become empowered, not confused. 

Let’s take one of the most classic exercises as an example and take you down the road of DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training with it. The deadlift, yea, I know, just deadlifting is curing global warming, poverty, and many diseases around the world. Yes, I’ve read the blog posts that if you deadlift, it basically is all you have to do. 

While all of this is a crock of sh&%, let’s focus on what the deadlift is good for and how we take it through the DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training system…..

The deadlift involves a movement we call the hip hinge. The MOST important part is the hip hinge movement, not the deadlift itself. We use the deadlift in DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training to teach the foundations of proper hip hinging. However, at a certain point, just doing the deadlift the same way becomes limiting. 

How so? After someone becomes proficient at the deadlift we first introduce the Staggered Deadlift. This crazy idea of moving the foot about 2 inches and then doing the deadlift, absolutely throws people for a loop! All of a sudden you see things like hips leaning, shoulders rounding, all the things you DON’T want to see because we provided them with just a little instability. 


Fitness author and trainer, Jon-Erik Kawamoto shows how most miss the Crossover Deadlift maybe one of the best!

Once we build proficiency at the Staggered Stance we add in stepping. Which way? We start to go back first, side second, forward third, and crossing over fourth. These aren’t random actions but means we continue to look to build progression in the DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training system.


-Staggered Stance

-Rear Step

-Lateral Step

-Forward Step

-Crossover Step

Why don’t most people use these progressions if they work so well? The truth is that many “functional training” fitness programs are really anything but actually “functional”. Learning to move in different ways, angles, and positions in many ways is what functional training is all about. 

This is because strength is not just what you lift, but how you are able to make and keep connections when you are challenging how the body moves. What you will find is that not only do you get a stronger body, but a smarter one that knows how to be strong in more scenarios, more situations, and less than perfect situations. 

See how you have not just MORE options in DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training, but SMARTER variations in today’s training video.