My mouth literally dropped! I mean I knew he has long been supportive of our work but to hear him say THIS just even really shocked me….
“If you don’t understand DVRT and aren’t using it the industry is just moving too fast for you!”
Who in their right minds would say such a thing? You might think it was our marketing team (but then again we don’t have one:), but it actually came from renowned coach, Alwyn Cosgrove.
Yes, during the Perform Better Long Beach Summit, Alwyn was presenting an interesting talk on “Training the Active Client: Developing the Athlete”. When it came to a some of our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training movements he was showing in his Power Point he went a place even I didn’t think he would.
Sure, I was pumped, but I was also grateful that great coaches like Alwyn and many others are seeing that we aren’t trying to get people to train with sandbags. Rather, we are trying to use our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training to have people re-think how they see, train, and perform functional fitness.
I know, the term that makes many professionals stomachs’ turn, is actually an important distinction from many other forms of training. Yea, there are those that say, “why functional training, is everything else dysfunctional training?” For those that think they are being funny my answer is actually, yes!
If you don’t understand how the body works you can still get lean, lift a lot of weight, and so forth. However, you are not going to come CLOSE to optimizing how the body works so you can improve the quality of one’s life, their resiliency to injury, or how much MORE efficient their results of getting lean and strong would be for you and your clients!
What is it you have to know and what makes our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training so unique? Yes, we train in real life 3-D patterns, yes, we have tons of great movement based drills, but in talking with Alwyn later, he shared with me his perspective of what makes DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training.
“Your progressions are just SO good!”
Progressions? You might think that sounds REALLY boring, but they are one of the most important aspects of successful fitness programs. Trust me, I know most people are married to specific exercises but that is what makes even a “good” exercise into a dysfunctional one. In the age where people show you 25, 50, or even 100 variations of an exercise that isn’t progression!
What we have worked so hard on for over a decade of DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training is to really think about how to build the concepts of good movement into a systemized program. There is NO book that breaks down real functional movements in the way that DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training does. It isn’t just knowing a bunch of exercises, it is knowing which exercises are RIGHT for you and where to go with them.
Sure, just go heavier and harder right? If that were the case all lifters would be ridiculously strong and in great shape. Hopefully you know there is a big difference between “gym strength” and what we try to accomplish with functional fitness. The biggest difference?
I have seen time and time again that people that work through our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training progressions become strong, really strong, in squatting, deadlift, carries, and so much more. Where as I have seen people really good with those lifts that have never performed our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training progressions really struggle. They find major holes in their training and if they are open-minded enough they realize what’s holding them back.
To illustrate this point I want to share some great coaching that Alwyn’s team from Results Fitness did this past weekend with some of our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training drills. Ashley Thomas and Sawyer Shea really knocked out our progressions and cueing during Rachel Cosgrove’s awesome hands-on session. Don’t just watch the exercises listen to the precision and concise cuing that these great coaches use!
Ashley was also kind enough to shoot this great video demonstrating one of the BIGGEST mistakes that people make with our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training and it is so small yet so HUGE at the same time. Check it out!