It might be one of the hardest things to do, make decisions!
We would all like to hear that we can do everything in one workout, but the truth is we make sacrifices all the time.
Sure it SOUNDS awesome that we do endurance, strength, stability, and flexibility all at once, but can we really?
If you listen to the “experts” they would say, NO WAY! Guess what, they are well, kinda right and kinda wrong.
Let’s go over where they are right…
If I want to be a world class powerlifter, I probably won’t have world class endurance. That is part is true and just science.
However, I have ran into less than a handful of people in 20 years of fitness that wanted elite levels of endurance and strength. The great majority of people, myself included, would prefer balance of these qualities.
But before you bail on the power of DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training, thinking elitism IS what you are looking for, let me give you a different way of looking at both.
The Strength and Endurance Misconception
Most people believe to get strong, you gotta lift heavy.
The same people would believe endurance is completely a byproduct of doing high reps, or crazy circuits.
I get where these people are coming from, that is the most obvious thing to do. Yet, it doesn’t make it the most productive!
One of my favorite thing to do is talk to people that actually do great endurance and strength sports. Since they put so much time, energy, and effort into them they are great resources. Now just because they participate in these sports doesn’t make them experts. So, I do like to particularly speak to those that have real success in them!
DVRT Master Instructor, Steve DiTomaso, is definitely one of those people. Steve has been a competitive athlete for many years and done well at events like the Boston Marathon.
Steve DiTomaso of Envision Fitness in Maple Ridge, BC does what he preaches!
I asked Steve one of the most common misconceptions of endurance athletes. He told me that both the perception and most common mistake endurance athletes make is not training for power and strength. Of course you have to practice the endurance component, but it isn’t always the training focus of a cycle.
Being strong and powerful means you can become a more efficient endurance athlete. You actually expend less energy to perform the same activity, in other words, you have a bigger engine. Creating a bigger engine helps your endurance training from hitting those unfortunate plateaus.
Sounds like solid advice!
On the other end of the spectrum, I have also gotten to speak with people like Darrell Banning, who has competed in many Powerlifting contests and sports almost a 1000 pound squat.
I don’t know about you, but I would say that’s pretty strong!
When I asked Darrell one of the biggest mistakes of getting super strong? He went on to tell me focus only on just hitting heavy weights. The problem? Just like Steve talked about building a better engine, Darrell said the same thing about making sure you are building good stability through the body. Sometimes these can be super humbling lifts, but if you check your ego in the door, they can not only help you smash plateaus, but make you more injury resistant as well!
For most of us, we can use DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training workouts that give us a bit of everything. As I have often said, the best part of DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training is that you can make it right for you and your goals. How do you such a thing? Check out a workout like this….
1. Rotational Lunge with 2 Second Pause at Bottom x 6-8 per side
2. Staggered Clean and Press x 5-6 per side
3. Bear Hug Lateral Lunge x 8-10 per side
4. Rear Step Bent Rows x 6-8 per side
5. Front Loaded in Place March (or carry) x 60 seconds
perform 3-5 rounds with 30-60 second rest between sets.
We can check off strength, stability, and endurance training all with this workout. Oh and you will quickly notice the flexibility demands as well! Want to find out how to create more DVRT Ultimate Sandbag workouts like this..see our NEW DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training book HERE
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