It is an interesting word, strength. Some people do everything in their power to achieve it, some really don’t care all that much. Is it important for everyone and are we doing it wrong?
I think sometimes people devalue strength is due to the images that pop in our heads when we think about “strong” people. We often are taught to think of giant, vein popping, almost super human types. It is built by the very heart of our culture. The movie, “The Princess Bride” had Andre the Giant as a clumsy, but people tossing character, “Star Wars” has Chewbacca which was a big, hairy hero that never said anything we could understand but could “tear the arms off droids if he got angry” (according to Hans Solo). Of course I remember too growing up watching “The Incredible Hulk” with Lou Ferrigno portraying my favorite superhero.
That is why a lot of people don’t really value strength. We relate it to nonathletic, clumsy, awkward, or so outrageous physiqued individuals. However, strength can also be beautiful, graceful, and often the secret to fat loss and many other fitness goals that people may not suspect to be related to strength. The truth is we see more real world examples of this type of strength all the time. Whether it is gymnasts, figure skater (yes, figure skaters are often incredibly strong especially in the lower body), or martial artist, we have incredible strength as well, but we see it in a very different light.
Why do I bring up these two different ideas of strength? They are completely different ways of looking at strength. They invoke very different reactions for people. I also believe when people look at both, we see training for strength in very different ways.
It is because that while we think we know what strength is, the reality is that strength manifests itself many different ways. Unfortunately, most people still believe the only and best way to build strength is by going really heavy. This may sound like the best idea ever to some, the reality is though strength is far more than “just going heavier”.
What I have learned in training for over 20 years is that strength has many different components. Strength can be a secret for fat loss, it can be the missing component in therapy, it can drive performance, and it can be just flat out fun! However, how we approach strength can be very different.
Strength is actually our body learning how to create more force. Sounds pretty basic, but how it does so may not. There are
strength training text books (yes, strength training is an actual science and has text books) that recommend lifting heavier, lifting faster, and lifting for more repetitions as all means of “getting stronger”. Right off the bat this tells us that strength is much more than trying to lift more every time.
If we look at the athletes I mentioned in my second example of strength, they demonstrate one of the most important and effective means of getting stronger. Learning how to control your body! Body control may sound vague and yea, sorta is. Really want I am referring to is the body learning how to optimize not just more muscles, but learning how to coordinate them in a way that allows us to create more strength.
Why gymnasts can be so incredibly strong without much lifting is there training focuses on this very thing. Martial artists use extreme focus and specific technique to do the same. Without being very large, both gymnasts and martial artists can perform very impressive feats of strength.
In essence, this is the very heart of DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training. We are able to bring together both types of strength training to yield some incredible outcomes. Our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training progressions work on not just lifting heavier USBs, but doing so in ways that makes our bodies “smarter”.
When you watch our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training videos and actually perform the workouts, you notice that you feel things in your body you may have never before! That is your body tapping into activating more muscles and using them in a way that allows you to get stronger, and here is the best part, and feel athletic.
What do I mean? Instead of hurting, like so many people do when they train for strength, this type of strength training actually heals the body. Sure, you may know my story of using DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training to help my back and overcome neck surgery, but the last few weeks I have shared many different stories of how DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training has done the same for others. Whether it was rehabbing a back of physical therapist, or helping a gentleman with significant neurological challenges, DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training has made A LOT of people stronger AND healthier.
In today’s DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training video, I share with you some of these concepts. How you can apply them immediately into your training. Whether you goal is to look awesome or reach strength levels you never thought possible, you will be shocked at how effectively these methods work! The only trick now is you have to go actually USE these DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training workouts.
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