Though I didn’t know it at the time, my career as a fitness professional started in June 2010 when I attended an HKC. My main goal at that time was to improve my swing and learn the Turkish Get-up. I was not a trainer at the time but I LOVED kettlebells. In September 2010 I went through my first RKC. As a birthday present to myself, I followed that up a month later with my first DVRT: Dynamic Variable Resistance Training certification (the program was called LIFT back then). Four years later, it blows my mind when I think about how much of an impact these two programs have had on my life.
In less then a month I get to teach these two amazing systems over the course of one weekend. I’ll be leading the first DVRT Level I and Kettlebell certification combo on the east coast. This is a magic opportunity for me to share my love of these two systems to other trainers and fitness enthusiasts. By the way, I love when enthusiasts come to these things. Why? Because that is EXACTLY how I started.
You see I worked in visual effects for over a decade. The sole purpose of my initial interest in strength training was to be strong and healthy for my kids. Since I wasn’t planning on becoming a trainer, I only pursued the things that I was personally SUPER passionate about. That’s what led me to the kettlebell training and DVRT. It was during my training for the RKC that I had decided to pursue this career switch and I’ve never looked back. The knowledge bombs Josh Henkin dropped about coaching at that first DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training cert empowered me to feel more confident in training people. Within that 30 day period, I went from Bald Fury to Coach Fury. That passion is what drives me to this day. I’m not interested in chasing trends, I want to learn, use and teach the things that I whole-heartedly believe in. Better yet, I get to do this for a living now.
It was so cool to teach DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training and kettlebells to Marines in Miramar with DVRT Masters, Troy Anderson, Joe Chalakee, and of course Josh!
I’m often asked how these systems work together. The answer’s easy. They feed and support each other. With kettlebell training, we show people in detail how to coach the swing, goblet squat and the Turkish Get-up. These are some powerhouse moves that just about anyone can benefit from. We show you how to progress, regress and troubleshoot each movement.
In the DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training system, we take the coaching aspect a step further and really look at how we coach or train people regardless of the implement. Don’t get me wrong we use the Ultimate Sandbag as our main tool, but the goal is to get people to move safely through various planes of motion regardless of the implement. We also look to make things more challenging by altering the stability of the person or the type of USB we use. DVRT Training is not about simply adding weight to the bar or grabbing a heavier kettlebell. That opened my eyes to a lot of things and had a dramatic impact of my coaching career.
Combining the principles of kettlebell systems with the DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training is also very easy because we use very similar types of breathing and tension techniques. We also believe in quality of movement over quantity. Individually, both systems are very powerful. They are even stronger when used as two systems united by strength.
Steve “Coach Fury” Holiner, DVRT Master Instructor, Master RKC, Original Strength Instructor, is available for classes, semi-privates, instructor training and programming. Check out www.coachfury.com, facebook.com/coachfury and Twitter @coachfury for more info.
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