"All my life I have been overweight, when I was in high school I was over 230 lbs, Poor Diet and nutrition, In Nov 2010, I was 27 years old and the largest I had ever been in my life at 336 Lbs, something needed to change, I was told by several doctors that I would develop Diabetes and was in very poor Health. I decided to change my diet and start doing a morning Routine, which was in part based on Power 90 (the basic version of what would become P90X) I lost 30 lbs, but got stuck, Frustrated and bored with the content, I needed something more. I then got a Bowflex Utlimate 2, off Craiglist for a good price ($800) I used this for some time and had some more progress, I was down about 40 lbs but still not having great progress. down about 40 lbs but still not having great progress. Then by chance I saw an ad for USB on a fitness site and decided to look into it, It just seems more interesting and more versatile then traditional weights or workout equipment. I decided to get my Strength Package and I can honestly say it was some of the best money I ever spent on my health, USB bags are built to take any kind of punishment you can dish out, I had tried using a backpack with contractor bags full of sand, they just blew open after a while, the bag is rock solid, and it will make you rock solid!
6 months went by and now a full year after I started I am 246 lbs (lost 90 lbs) working my way toward 100 lbs still. I use the sandbag 3 times a week, I do segments of cardio followed by power lifting the bag with squats and dead lifts. I burn 1200 calories a work out using the sandbag and its one of the only pieces of fitness equipment I recommend to others and use over and over and never get tired of it. It's waiting for me in the gym, like a good friend, wanting to challenge me and bring me to become the best I can!"
Pedro A. Morales
"In Mid-November 2011, I decided I had enough. Didn't have much going for Me, so I decided to Jump right into the Ultimate Sandbag Training Spartacus Workouts! On December 3, of 2011 I started Eating Clean. It was tough getting Started, but I always loved working out, and even more so since I learned about Josh Henkin's DVRT Program. I'm on My 3rd Week of Josh & Troy's Synergy 2.0, Hands down the best program I've ever seen or been on, The Program is simply Genius. Today February 7, 2012 I weigh 219.6 lbs. I haven't broken the 220 lb barrier in over a Year, this is with 3-1/2 Months of Training, that's 30.4 lbs of Weight, I definitely Put on some Muscle, so I know I lost a lot more than 30.4 lbs of Fat."
Rachel Cosgrove, Renowned Fitness Coach & Author
"The Ultimate Sandbag has added a whole different stimulus to our clients training by engaging new muscles and burning more calories than before.
Getting our clients bodies to change is always done by putting a stimulus on them that they are not used to. The Ultimate Sandbag has made doing that much easier because no one is used to lifting a sand bag.
Using sand bags in your training with your clients, and yourself, is something that you have to experience for yourself before you believe how dramatically useful it is and effective it is especially for boosting the metabolism and what I call creating more "bang for your buck" with any exercise – you get to work a lot of muscles at once. Putting new demands in your training with the Ultimate Sandbag system will lead to better results.
The biggest advantage with the Ultimate Sandbag is the “Bang for your Buck”! You can do more with one exercise by using sandbag training.
I absolutely recommend the Ultimate Sandbag System!"- Rachel Cosgrove, contributor to Women's Health magazine
Josh Raphael, Fitness Professional
"I was first introduced to the DVRT system at KohPT Lab in 2008 when I was having to rehab from an ACL surgery- I saw the benefits immediately! Because it’s not your traditional method of loading, it allows you to explore ranges of motion and movements while under load; strengthening and providing feedback- discovering dysfunctions not seen unless loaded. As someone who is constantly seeking to provide his clients with the best methods to reach their goals safely and effectively, I knew the the DVRT System would be a staple in all my clients programs for years to come."
BJ Gaddour, Men's Health Trainer & Author
"Josh Henkin is one of the most innovative fitness professionals that I have ever met. He has created both a tool and a training system that provides a total fitness solution, not just for athletes, but for the masses looking to burn fat, build muscle, and bulletproof their joints. In his DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training, you'll not only learn progression principles that apply to sandbag training, but also to every other training tool including your own bodyweight. Whether you want to exclusively use the Ultimate Sandbag or add it to your training toolbox for more variety, this program has it all."
Vince McConnell, Owner of McConnell Athletics
"Since implementing the Ultimate Sandbag into my metabolic programs, I have observed marked improvement in overall ESD in a way that surpasses programs without the sandbags. With 25 years experience working with clients and competitive athletes, I am well-versed in using many different training tools and modalities.The sandbags have a 'perpetual progressive" component to them that is difficult to encapsulate. Each time you perform a drill with even the same size bag the body experiences a slightly different stimulus, and that is one of the keys to perpetual progress
I observe bodyfat levels decrease while strength in key exercises increases with all other training/nutrition variables remaining same. I credit this to increased work capacity potentiation. Also, the core stability derived from sandbag training is quite unique compared to other protocols with that objective. Sandbag training does a remarkable job of revealing and removing "weak links" in the athlete's stability and mobility, especially through the trunk and hips.
One of my athletes, a D1 football player, made more progress in explosiveness, core stability, and other attributes in the first 4 weeks of implementing sandbag training than was experienced in previous months. Yes, some of this would be the case with any "new" stimulus. However, the continuation of the story is that there was minimal leveling off stimulus even with proficiency in performing sandbag drills. With most other systems, when mechanical proficiency is solid the actual "training effect" decreases. I have not observed that happening with sandbags.
I have also observed increased performance in the traditional barbell lifts/ skills such as deadlift, power clean, snatch, squat, front squat, push press, etc. from using just the 80lb Ultimate Sandbag in my programs."
Sarah Gwynn, Owner Iron Figure Fitness
Elizabeth Andrews, Owner, Push Training
"In my many years of teaching, training, DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training has increased my awareness of movement with any modality I now use.The foundational strength I have gained by implementing DVRT and using the Ultimate Sandbag has helped me strengthen weakness I had built from years of lifting, to the mirror. It’s like a one stop shop…building strength, correcting imbalances and or exposing them, with a cardio component. My frame is much more solid because of it. As I eat older this is a huge Godsend and keeps me fitting in the jeans I have had, for years. ;)"
Elizabeth S. Andrews, CPT
ACSM, ACE, AFAA Certified
TRX-Senior Course Instructor
Travis Johnson, Co-Owner, Kinetikos
"The DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training system covers a depth and breadth of movement and loading that is not found anywhere else in the industry.
The practical and systematic format of progressions and regressions is easy to learn and apply, and my clients and athletes have shown rapid development and improvement of base movements: hinge, squat, lunge, press and pull.
Furthermore, the DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training system provides a means to expand those base movements into a multidimensional environment. The result is applied real world strength, power and resiliency that is unparalleled.
Accessible and applicable to clients and athletes from all walks of life, the DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training system truly bridges the gap between traditional resistance training and performance."
Travis Johnson Ph.D., FAFS, CSCS
CHEK EXERCISE COACH
TRX® COURSE INSTRUCTOR
NIKE GOLF NG360º GPS
John C., "Great!"
"GREAT!!!!! Puts a whole new meaning to the word exercise. My workouts were getting stagnant until now. I'm excited about working out again."
Jason Klofstad, Owner Hybrid Fitness
"Virtually every single one of my clients has met or exceeded their personal fitness goals (be it conditioning, fat loss or strength) with the help of the Ultimate Sandbag. It’s an all-in-one tool. You can push it, pull it, drag it, throw it, press it, snatch it, hold it….whatever you need to do. Explosive lifts, plyometrics, "odd object" lifts and classic strength lifts are all possible. Thanks to it's versatility, I can create very intense circuits for any of my clients at the drop of a hat.
Instead of having to haul around a variety of training gear (and needing a truck to do it!) I can train virtually all of my clients with just a couple of different Ultimate Sandbag. I can keep them tucked away in the trunk of my car – out of sight, out of mind. I also coach a corporate bootcamp and Ultimate Sandbag Training is a great training tool for offering variety. One tool, thousands of exercises…what more can a strength & conditioning coach ask for?
I certainly would recommend it. For anyone starting or expanding an existing training business, the Ultimate Sandbag system offers incredible variety for a modest price. For anyone simply looking to train at home, the Ultimate Sandbag is great for the exact same reasons. One tool that is cheap and versatile!
Honestly, the advantage is several things. Great quality, great price point, ease-of-use and unmatched versatility. Many of what I consider to be the "best" sandbag lifts can't be replicated in a gym with "conventional" equipment. Try some of these lifts and you'll feel it after the first workout. Additionally, the unique filler bags in the Ultimate Sandbag allow the user to adjust weight very quickly. Different users and different lifts may require a heavier or lighter bag so this is an absolutely key feature!
Thanks Josh – keep up the kick-ass work!"
Anthony Humpage, USAT Triathalon Coach
"As a coach to ultra-endurance athletes (ultramarathon, triathlon, orienteering) I am always on the lookout for tools to help me build stronger, more resilient athletes. If it's a tool they can use without going to the gym, so much the better, as for many of these athletes training time is at a premium. Coach Henkin's Ultimate Sandbag Training is such a tool. In my opinion it is almost unrivalled in being able to produce functionally strong athletes quickly, simply and effectively.
I have tried other sandbags. I've made my own from military surplus duffel bags, and I have previously purchased another sandbag from a reputable supplier of strength equipment. They were nowhere near as versatile or as easy to use as the Ultimate Sandbag. Coach Henkin has put a lot of thought into the design of his product and it shows in how quickly athletes can start effective training with the Ultimate Sandbag.
One thing train-at home athletes, and particularly women will appreciate is that the Ultimate Sandbag weight packs don't leak sand. In fact, they are the only weight packs I have found that don't leak. I have used yards of duct tape trying to seal other suppliers' filler bags and I have yet to be successful. I would rather use my time for training than cleaning up after I've trained!"- "Woofie" Humpage, CSCS, USAT Triathlon Certified Coach
"Upon my first exercise with it, i knew immediately that THIS was the TRUTH in fitness plateau's. The reps with this causes more energy output and caloric acceleration. As well as utilization of more muscle fibers. I swear by this bag and its rewards. I am a professional firefighter in a large metropolis. This, along with a good diet will ensure my longevity and ability to perform and contribute to my brothers and the citizens that i have sworn to protect. Thank you."
Dennis Stoika, Owner of Modern Era Warriors, FBI
"Josh Henkin's Dynamic Variable Resistance Training, Ultimate Sandbag Training is so much more than just a sandbag. The tools, information, and system are like no other and the program, products, at home coaching program, and certifications are perfect for law enforcement officers, military personnel, martial artists, and fitness instructors as well as high school and college kids preparing for sports, stay at home moms, and others no matter what their age or fitness level. The DVRT/USB provides myself and my students with maximum results, with minimal equipment, in minimal time! Thanks!
Adam Campbell, Editor, Men's Health
"Even with what I would consider a light load, the Ultimate Sandbag created an incredible challenge that was unlike conventional weight training," says Men's Health fitness director Adam Campbell, author of The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises. "It also caused a level of deep muscle soreness that I hadn't felt in a very long time."
Jon-Erik Kawamoto, Strength Coach and Author
"There are many copycat type sandbags on the market, but Josh's Ultimate Sandbags are by far the most durable and the most user friendly. I've used other sandbags in the past but they just don't perform. If I ever need more bags, I'm buying the Ultimate Sandbag."-Jon Kawamoto-JK Conditioning and author for over 10 major fitness magazines
“This isn't just any old sandbag, though. This is an Ultimate Sandbag, part of the Ultimate Sandbag Training system created by fitness expert Josh Henkin. It's designed specifically for fitness -- and by fitness, I mean lifting, swinging, and otherwise lugging around -- and it's made of a durable, smooth material that will last years and won't rub you the wrong way (literally) the way others might.”
Faith Warner-Martin, Semper Fi Health Coordinator & High Intensity Tactical Training Instructor
"With good intention comes positive reward! Your dedication along with Jessica has had an impact on us all! There is so much more to come I am sure of it. Your belief and dedication shines through in the delivery of your training, there is nothing better than that. Thank you for changing David and I's life. And on behalf of the community over here... Thank you for assisting with changing the lives of thousands of Marines!"-Faith Martin, Semper Fit Health Promotion & High Intensity Tactical Training Instructor
Dan McDonogh, Senior Manager-Under Amour Performance Training
"Education in my opinion is paramount in this industry! It doesn’t matter how good the piece of gear is, if you don’t know how to use it or even more importantly, if you can’t coach someone else how to use it, it is useless. I have been incorporating the Josh Henkin"s DVRT training system into my practice for almost 2 years now and I can say without hesitation it is one of the most effective systems I have come across in years. From his principles around progression to coaching, Josh’s system is simple to understand and easy to communicate. As far as the Ultimate Sandbags themselves as a modality, well there are vey few tools out there today that can provide so much bang for your buck! Strength, stability, mobility, Power, Motor control you name it, and you can train it using Ultimate Sandbags! I use Ultimate Sandbags almost daily with individuals’ young & old and with athlete’s amateur to professional. Its is one of those tools you almost love to hate because you know once you pick it up, something both challenging & great is about to happen!"