I had a whole different blog set-up. In fact, you will probably see it tomorrow. However, I just finished a DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training recovery workout and I had to write about an experience. Something that made me just “YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!” This DVRT Ultimate Sandbag exercise KILLED me, hit muscles that I didn’t even know I had!
You may thinking it was some crazy metabolic exercise, or super complicated DVRT Ultimate Sandbag complex. NO! It was something I thought so simple that I wouldn’t feel anything at all.
To understand, DVRT Coach, Gin Gavran and I have been working on putting together this DVRT Resiliency program for 2015. I do absolutely EVERYTHING in it because I want to know how it feels, I want to see if it feels like what it is suppose to be doing.
So, when she sent me the most recent video of her integrating Chair Pose with DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training I thought, “hmmm, interesting, let’s give this a whirl”. What better time to try it during my recovery workout. I wanted to move and feel better after a tough training session so here we go!
Holy crap! Right off the bat I a was wondering, “does my body even MOVE this way?” I mean, I have lifted some really heavy weights overhead in the past. 300 pound barbells, 150 some kettlebells, this 15 pound Core Ultimate Sandbag shouldn’t be that hard. I was SO wrong!
I immediately noticed several limitations I had, so much so I had to modify to grabbing the outside handles. Upon doing so I began to feel muscles in my upper back I didn’t know were there. How could this be? I’ve done literally everything in the past, snatches, jerks, handstand push-up, overhead walks, this was just really different and with 15 pounds, oh man!
Now for some of you reading this you might now want to go anywhere near this drill. I mean, who wants to be humbled by 15 pounds? I do! Why? I am always looking for a way to improve my strength, my movement, my overall athleticism. When I find something THAT glaring it means I HAVE to spend more time with it!
Gin allowed me to make some modifications and had some tips too! That is one of the great things about DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training, you can make it work FOR you versus trying to work for it! So, if you have shoulder restrictions, grab the outside handles and do the same movement. You will want to try to pull the handles apart at the top which will help you feel more back engagement and move less through the back.
Oh yea, that low back, should you have any movement in there? According to Gin, “The glutes and hamstrings are also really working here so the lumbar spine is protected in the slight lordosis. If the client already has an extreme lordisis, I would watch more carefully, reduce the range of motion, and make sure there was abdominal bracing.”
With all that taken care of and out of the way, go do it! Perfect for a post holiday recovery workout session, or prepping for your big new DVRT Ultimate Sandbag workout. That is what I plan to do and I recommend you do the same! Even if you don’t struggle the way I did, I know you will find some amazing benefits from this simple DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training drill!