Certifications Stink! The fitness industry needs another certification like it needs another Zumba class. I understand why people in fitness roll their eyes when they hear about the idea of another fitness certification. In fact, I had no ambition to create such a program with Ultimate Sandbag Training until I saw the impact it was having with our clients. Seeing the drastic changes in their movement abilities, flexibility, strength, and overall fitness was too hard not to take serious notice upon.
It wasn’t the Ultimate Sandbag itself, but the way we found to progress people through the various levels of movements and what would become DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training. The great design of the Ultimate Sandbag definitely lends itself to a lot of variety and cool exercises, but without the context of how they are specifically addressing people’s fitness goals, Ultimate Sandbag Training could look very novel or fad like.
My first ideas about a DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training certification were full of doubt and thinking about what I wanted our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training program to be! As many of you may know, sometimes when you don’t know what you want, it is easier to figure out what you don’t want first. Instantly I knew I didn’t want DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training to be a users course.
I really believe the reason so many fitness professionals are cynical about certifications is that they are mostly disguised as user courses. Instead of teaching a system, a way of thinking, and progressive movements, they usually turn into a whole bunch of “you can do this too, oh look, you can do that!” I would feel that any type of DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training had to be the furthest thing from this type of idea. I could stand in front of people all day and show them exercises, but that didn’t empower them or show them why DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training was so powerful.
The hardest part of developing the curriculum for the DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training program was that I wanted to share so much. I wanted to show people how they could accomplish so much good for people if they would just take the time to follow the progressions and thought process. However, our first DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training certification I felt like a failure.
Those that attended our first DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training certification loved it! In fact, many were asking when we were coming back! However, as anyone that knows me will tell you, I am one of my own worst critics. I thought about how the program flowed, did it convey our message, did I think that people really grasped the concepts we wanted to share with them?
I quickly realized that our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training certification was just another coaching challenge. In order to coach other professionals and serious fitness enthusiasts to a higher level, I had to become more concise and focused in the means in which I described our concepts and principles. Maybe sharing less was actually a good thing, if it meant that our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training system seemed more accessible and easier to implement.
Streamlining the program was definitely a big part for me in conveying what the DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training was all about. The other part was forming a testing protocol. There are many different views on the types of testing in fitness, physical, written, teaching, etc. I began to realize more and more having some ability to “qualify” people as instructors in our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training system, we had to have a means in which to gage if they really understood our concepts. I knew I couldn’t physically test them as most had really for the first time just really learned how to perform these Ultimate Sandbag Training movements correctly. A written test seemed most appropriate as I realized it was the simplest and possibly the most meaningful way to see if people learned just cool new exercises or really got the purpose of DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training. All too often people just “show up” to these programs and really don’t show any real comprehension or increased abilities or knowledge.
I have a simple thought process when I recommend any coach, “would I trust you to train my parents?” That is why when people get to work with our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training certified instructors I take the same approach. People are so quick to jump from program to program they really don’t spend time developing their skills and practicing what they learned. This is a big reason that certifications like our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training certifications we believe are so important an different. We take a more global perspective to training and functional fitness. Sure you can elevate what you do in Ultimate Sandbag Training, but the DVRT system goes towards any type of fitness training!
My hope in sharing this story a bit is to explain why DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training programs aren’t you “typical” fitness certification. Most people don’t realize that fitness professionals have some of the lowest criteria in order to become a “professional” in our industry. Even mechanics will often spend two years in formal education and they aren’t working on the human machine. Fitness professionals can take an online weekend course and can all of a sudden start recommending what people do with their health and wellness. I hope that programs like DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training certifications can facilitate hands-on courses by real professional coaches that elevate the services that fitness professionals can provide their clients!