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Where You Start Matters

Jessica Bento, Physical Therapist (Co-Creator DVRT Restoration Certification, Shoulder, Pelvic, & Knee Courses)

Often I get people saying they just can’t do what they see me do on social media. They find themselves falling over or they can’t even perform the movements. Thats were I tend to say, “ where you start matters.” 

I think people forget a lot of time that social media is really just snap shots and sound bites. It doesn’t always tell the whole story, even as much as we try. It might start off somewhere in the middle of the story, the end, and yes sometimes the beginning. Jumping into a story at the end can be confusing. 

That is what some people may see when they watch some of my videos…the end and not the beginning. 

What do I mean? Well, in order to perform a lot of the movements I show, you need start at the beginning. I have been training with the DVRT system for over 12 years now and have build a good foundation of movement and functional strength. So yes, some movements that I perform look rather easy when I do them but if someone that hasn’t built a good foundation attempts them, they may have a difficult time. 

DVRT Master Steve Di Tomaso breaks down important progressions to work through to get to great movements like our cleans. 

That doesn’t mean they won’t get there but it does mean they might have to start somewhere else in the system. 

One of the things that sets DVRT apart with most fitness education programs out there is the we have systemized movement. There really isn’t a lot of the programs out there that have done this and our DVRT system is not just about Ultimate Sandbags. When you break it down it’s simply a way to progress movement. In all honesty, most people know exercises, they are far less confident about movement progressions and training, there is a big difference. 

When you see a particular movement being done in videos that you might see on instagram, YouTube, and etc…every single movement has a regression and progression. So just because you can’t perform a particular movement doesn’t mean you can’t build up to it. That is why we keep saying in DVRT, “you don’t have to do every exercise, you have to use the RIGHT exercise”. Our system teaches people how to figure that out. 

So for today’s blog I thought I would break down some popular movements that people keep telling me they will never get to being able to perform them. 

Bear in mind, there are those that might never to progress to the most advanced form of a movement and that is ok, but it doesn’t mean they can’t benefit by a regression of the movement. 

  1. Split Stance or Hover Lunge Movements 

Often times people see movements being performing in a split stance or a hover lunge position and automatically say, “no way!” Not realizing they are actually a rather advanced drill, it takes time to build up the strength and stability to perform movements in this particular stance. 

So where can you start? We regress the body position, so for example, if you see an arc press being performed in a stance such as hover lunge. We can regress that movement and take the body position to a kneeling position or a half kneeling position. We are still working the core as well as lateral stability but in a more controlled way. We can then progress that to a drop step lunge to arch press, so we are now working the pattern of lunging, the core, and lateral stability but challenging the movement a bit more. Hopefully you can see now that we can build up to more challenging movements rather easily without having to totally just eliminate a drill you might think you cannot do. 

2. Leg Threading

I get comments a lot on our DVRT Leg Threading drill such as, “that looks way too complicated!” “No way will I every be able to do that!” I get it, it does look a little intimidated and complicated but I think that simply stems form not knowing where to start. 

DVRT Leg Threading can really be broken down so that someone can eventually build to the full movement. 

DVRT Master, Cory Cripe helps me break down how we can build components of our DVRT leg threading with really important cues!

3. MAX Lunge 

This last one is where I get so many people saying that they will never be able to preform this particular movement. Again, people see this popular DVRT drill and don’t understand that isn’t where we start people when teaching this movement. You have to earn the progression before you jump right in.

Cory shows a DVRT drill that most overlook in building the MAX lunge but has great importance in building that foundation in our Shoulder Up Downs



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Josh does an okay job;) of breaking down the Front Loaded MAX lunge which is so important in building up to the big explosive MAX lunge many know. 

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