As time goes on I have to laugh at myself a bit. I never saw myself becoming the old “get off my lawn” guy, but it seems to happening. Slowly I find myself getting increasingly frustrated by the simple fact people often get bogged down in things that really don’t matter. For example, could I make a case that sandbag workouts are the oldest form of strength training?
I think I could, after all, does it make you buy into sandbag workouts more if I could show you that sandbag workouts may date back to Egyptian times? While there may be evidence, I am not sure if something is simply old, it makes it good.
That’s why i kinda chuckle when people try to justify training on not the results it produces, but some supposed history that exists to the implement. To be honest, most of us are really bad historians of fitness. There probably are only a handful of people that really know such things as fitness as we think about it today is a rather new idea.
Most people don’t know that one of the very first pieces of equipment to really be marketed as a business was the barbell in the early 1900’s. Thought it was older?
After all, if you worked manual labor jobs most of the time (which people did for centuries), going to the gym to workout would seem somewhat unnecessary right?
What’s my point?
I don’t want you to perform Ultimate Sandbag workouts because they are old, they were done by mystical warriors, or from some secretive Eastern European country. I want people to use our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag workouts because it can deliver a BETTER result than what they have experienced before. Because people find a solution to actually achieving the fitness goals they want.
Most people are surprised when they hear me present because I don’t start with some glorious story about how sandbag workouts changed the course of strength history. The reality is that most of fitness up to the 1900’s (even some well into it) were really just factors of convenience. Metal was expensive, so people made due with what they could if they wanted to train for competition or many times, military.
Demonstrations of strength were far more common that how to build it because many came from backgrounds of wrestling and manual labor. Seeing the famous Saxon brothers do some sandbag training is pretty interesting, but makes you wonder the value?
Instead of selling you on some well crafted history of sandbag workouts, I’d rather explain to you why I think they are so beneficial. Don’t get me wrong, people often get many of the sound bites of “they are unstable”, “they are like real life”, etc. However, what does that REALLY mean for your training?
Even the most well versed strength historians initially are cynical to the power of sandbag workouts. Jan Dellinger is unique, he was there almost from the beginning of what we currently think of strength training and knows the history better than almost anyone else.
So when he even wrote….“Why would anyone who has regular access to an Olympic barbell and palates, a wide array of dumbbells, a few leverage machines, and numerous other strength training toys even consider a sandbag his resistance medium of choice?” (Dellinger Files, p.49)