It might be the MOST popular thing I see people use sandbags for, running with them!
To be honest, I am pretty shocked. With all the different movements that can be done in DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training I am constantly amazed to see that most relegate them to carrying or running them.
I get it, the rise of obstacle races have given popularity of trying to train running with different implements. However, no one asks if this is the SMARTEST thing to do!
What most people don’t realize is that running is a skill. I was very fortunate to learn this lesson from DVRT Master Chief, Steve Di Tomaso. Steve who runs quite a few marathons, talked to me extensively about all the components that make up a good runner. Now Steve is not your typical long distance runner. He believes in strength, he believes in power, in fact, those things probably give him a big edge in his performance.
What I got from Steve is that there really is two different aspects to successfully train for running.
1. The Skill of Running
2. Proper Training of Running
Most people don’t realize that there is quite a bit of skill to run. Hearing all the nuances from Steve made me appreciate how most of us don’t run well! Sounds like common sense, but you have to own the skill before you do any real specific challenges.
It reminds me a lot of golf, baseball, and basketball. How so? In all those sports there use to be a belief that if you swung a weighted golf club, baseball bat, or shot a heavy ball, it would improve your strength specifically in those skills. However, the research has shown the exact OPPOSITE to occur! Athletes that follow such training actually demonstrate worse technique and become slower!
Same thing if you are looking to improve your running speed, whether it be for a street race or obstacle race. If you don’t own the skill of running then loading your body during a run will make you slower and less efficient.
As Steve spoke to me about the RIGHT way to train, he mentioned that your strength training should be coming from your weight training work, not trying to mimic your sport. Hmmm, that sounds familiar to what is common in all other sports, so why not racing?
That is why the BEST way to use DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training is not to carry or run with the implement, but rather find how to improve your weaknesses and needs with the training. In today’s DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training post, Steve breaks down how to create a strength training program with DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training. If you follow Steve’s recommendations you will find that your running time improves and your ability to perform activities like carrying weight goes WAY up without actually doing this very event.
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