Cory Cripe, DVRT Master (Creator of DVRT Movement Strength)
It is one thing to say you believe in something, it is another to really put your neck on the line with those beliefs. When Josh interviewed me a few weeks ago, I shared the story in how my deep belief in movement based strength actually cost me my job. I even had a little fun with him That DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training was at the root of it all.
Why did something that seems so obviously good for people become a point where I lost my job as a fitness coach? The reality is that while people love to say that they love movement and functional training, when you ask them what this really means they can’t really tell you. That was part of the problem with my boss.
She loved all the exercises that were shown on the “The Biggest Loser”. I could probably tell the training program that was coming by just watching the episode of the week. Before you make fun though, a lot of the exercises on the show could be classified as movement or functional, right? I mean you had battle ropes, kettlebells, bodyweight, gymnastic rings, heck, I think DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training even made an appearance.
The real issue is knowing the purpose and intent of these exercises. Going deeper than just another “cool” or challenging movement. That is one of the things I love most about what DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training has taught me about better forms of fitness.
With all that said, what made me call my first gym in LaCrosse, Wisconsin Fitness Lying Down? It’s the same reason I created a program about improving movement strength. The overwhelming majority of clients who come to Fitness Lying Down have issues, physical issues – better yet – movement issues.
A lot of these movement problems can be remedied by reclaiming our movements previously earned by finding ourselves on the floor – lying down – where it all began. Think of it, as a baby you were born with unlimited mobility. Have you seen what babies can do with their feet and mouths? You had the ability to put your foot in your mouth, but you had to figure out how to make it happen through motor control (learn & earn).
Recreating our original movement-experience environments should not be crowded with gigantic barbell racks or multiple benches or an impressive line of the latest treadmills. In order to reconnect with our bodies we should give ourselves the most space we can with the least amount of equipment possible. One of the reasons that DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training makes up a large part of what we do in our programs.
That’s what makes this program so great for everyone! Movement Strength allows you the opportunity to return where it all began and work your way back to being a stronger, more efficient mover from the ground up!
Of course we don’t expect you to stay on the ground, lying down, for your entire fitness experience! The ground is a great place to begin to help reconnect ourselves with our movements, but we need to take this reconnection and apply it to where we do things best – on both feet! As a trainer, I enjoy programming various ground-based movements throughout sessions to make sure bodies are reconnected and tuned in!
However, my favorite piece of the “fitness pie” served at Fitness Lying Down is the mindfulness of movement. Too many times I walk into a gym and see everyone tuned into their music, TV, etc and tuned out of their movements. This disconnect, I believe, is why people aren’t getting what they want from their workouts – they’re just going through the motions convinced that’s all you need to do.
We challenge our clients, and I now challenge you, to have control of your movements through the individual drills to demonstrate mastery of movement. This requires a high level of attentiveness. Does that always happen? No. But that’s WHY we train – so we can keep moving in the right direction. It is a process and when we move with intent and purpose in our training it can’t but help to become part of our daily activities.