I don’t want to be a powerlifter. I don’t, at all! Don’t get me wrong, I have tremendous respect for anyone that can dedicate themselves to any lofty goal, but why does it have to be for me?
Strength is a very personal thing I have found. We think it is a physical thing, but strength is far more than that. Strength is how we endure challenges, strength is how we overcome obstacles, and yes, there is a physical side as well.
To look at any of these aspects of strength without all the parts that make up strength is a mistake. Having physical strength without mental strength does very little to improve your life. At the same time, physical strength can help build your mental strength by empowering you to try and challenge yourself in ways you never thought possible.
Maybe it is having been a former athlete, maybe it is being a physical therapist, maybe it is partly being a woman. For any of these reasons I never think of strength simply as the amount of weight I can lift. I see physical strength in a very different way and maybe this is why I was so drawn to DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training.
How can we possibly be considered “strong” if we can not move. Whether it is treating patients, working with athletes, or training myself, I always begin looking at how many different ways can we make the body move. After all, being able to lift a great weight, up and down, in place, with really minimal directional movement doesn’t seem all that practical to overall life. It is a start, but a lot of people use this as an end.
With all our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training programs, we begin by establishing movement. I can’t in good conscience tell you to go heavier, harder, or longer, if you can’t move freely with your body. That means squatting, lunging (in all directions), stepping up, hip hinging, getting the arms overhead, rotating, etc. Very simply, if you can’t move, you can never really be strong, at least not for real life.
Every morning I must endure Josh watching “Mike & Mike in the Morning” on ESPN (never understood why he watches a radio show). I have grown to sit, drink my coffee, and start answering emails while the show goes on. The other day though I did stop as Josh said, “you have to watch this play!” Not being a big football fan I typically smile, watch for a moment, and go back to what I was doing. However, this time I did watch, it was a demonstration of amazing athleticism. It made me stop and think.
Isn’t that what we all want? We want to feel like we can move and be graceful, is that the most empowering feeling? Having a big swimming background, I loved watching the Olympics for the swimming and I never thought about what they lifted, but how smoothly they moved through the pool.
I share this with you because I see what goes on in fitness. I didn’t come from the lifting background that Josh did so I look at things a bit differently. While I can admire any accomplishment, I have to say I really don’t understand when people get super psyched when they move three inches to lift a weight. That isn’t what I think of when I think of strength or maybe more accurately fitness and athletics.
I could be bias because I see people all the time that have poor quality of life because they are limited in how they move and the strength they are able to demonstrate during movement. That is why DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training never stops trying to make you move. Trying to teach you how to connect to your body, how to be graceful, strong, and capable of having the endurance to do many different things.
Sounds like a lofty goal, sounds like maybe an impossible goal. I am probably bias. Not because I work for DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training, but because I personally use and experience the benefits of DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training. I have seen it transform my own pain, my own movement, my own strength.
I think people are typically surprised to hear that what we share with you is exactly what WE use. We are passionate about being strong in many different ways, in many different forms, because nothing is less defeating than the feeling of being limited.
Maybe that is why we haven’t been able to really niche DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training to any one group, any one thing. When we met with a business coach they asked us, “who is your market?” We didn’t have to hesitate, we said, “everyone!” Maybe that isn’t the smartest business move, but we have found so many different people find us, they trust us with their fitness, and when they see the results, they never want to go back.
That is why when people ask me, “can DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training make me strong?” You now know why I say, “for what?” If it is for life, for sport, for movement, then the answer is an overwhelming, YES!