I thought I use to be a junkie! No, not THAT kind of junkie! A fitness workshop junkie! You see I got my first taste of “fitness education” when I was just 16. You may be wondering why in the world a 16 year old would be going to a fitness educational program.
Well, I was pretty comfortable with the fact that my number one goal of becoming a professional athlete wasn’t going to happen. Kinda sad when you are 16 and realize that, but I guess better than being in denial.
Even though being a professional athlete wasn’t going to be in the cards, I wanted to still be around athletics. I didn’t know what that meant till I met one of my high school coaches, Tim Lang. He taught me about this whole world called strength and conditioning. Until that time, I thought everyone grabbed their workouts from the popular muscle magazines like I did.
I was so intrigued about how he taught about a science, a thought process to training, not just, “hit three sets of ten.” He may have regretted inspiring my passion because I became the ultimate pest. I just wanted to ask him question after question, I wanted to try writing my own workouts, everything! Coach Lang probably got tired of me pestering him all the time because he told me about a workshop coming to Chicago put on by the National Strength & Conditioning Association….COOOOOL!
Now, I had no business probably going to this thing, heck, I had just gotten my driver’s license and never drove to downtown Chicago myself (a whole back story there by Dad will never let me forget). I did go though, with my notepad and nerves all at once. It was pretty easy to tell that I was probably the youngest by about ten years there. Surprisingly, everyone was really nice, I think seeing someone so inspired to learn was kinda cool for them too.
In any event, I scribbled SO many notes, but I don’t think I really learned anything. Maybe that was a good thing though, maybe that was the lesson. It would have been easy to get discouraged and say, “forget this!”, but it actually was motivating. The fact that I DIDN’T know so much made want to know EVERYTHING!
During and after college I would continue to go to a lot of programs. Nothing like today’s standards though! I would go maybe once a month if I was lucky, but more likely once a quarter. It was different then, I know, I am talking like the old man, but it was. Going to fitness educational programs I wanted to really learn, understand, and appreciate all the nuances. That meant I had to give myself to use, make mistakes, and ask questions about the material.
Unfortunately now though everyone is so afraid of “missing out”, that they go to workshops and certifications almost WEEKLY! That’s crazy to me! I mean, what can you really remember, learn, absorb, heck, USE, when your head is being flooded with so much STUFF.
DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training gives you tons of new workout ideas, but the goal is to change how you see fitness!
That is why I am always so interested in not how people tackle our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training Clean and Press challenge, but rather how they do on our written test. Now, don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the S.A.T.s we are talking about here. However, it is really important to me that people understand concepts and principles. Looking back on my first fitness workshop, it wasn’t that I couldn’t pick up on techniques, I couldn’t replicate the exercises, but I didn’t have a good enough foundation to really understand the principles and methodologies being discussed.
To me, that is the difference that I like to talk about with DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training educational programs versus a lot of the stuff out there. It really isn’t hard to teach people new exercises, give them a few cool workouts, or whatever it is. The challenge is to get people to understand a thought process, a way of thinking, being thoughtful about what they are doing and why they are doing it. In my mind at least, THAT is education.
What makes DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training so powerful is the information and education behind the system. Coaches like DVRT Master, Seth Munsey, make all the difference!
If that sounds like the type of thing you are into then I really encourage you to sign-up for one of our upcoming DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training certifications. In fact, this is the LAST week to sign-up for our San Francisco Level 1 & 2 programs and get our Early Bird of $200 OFF HERE. If you aren’t in the northern California area, we got something coming to you soon, so check it out HERE!
You change or empower people by just giving them new stuff, you do so by giving them the know how to make a difference!