Having something taken away from you can be a very traumatic experience. Especially when that something is the ability to move. I’m not even talking about being an athlete, or doing hardcore workouts. Even the simplest every day actions that we all take for granted aren’t so little when they are taken away from us.
I was reminded of this this past weekend when I was speaking at a conference in Australia. We were teaching some of our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training squat progressions when I noticed this woman. I noticed her because she looked like she so badly wanted to try what we were teaching, but she just couldn’t.
It appeared like her partner was encouraging her, she even had a Core Ultimate Sandbag in her hand. I asked her if she wanted to try the exercises. Almost embarrassed she shook her head. She told me that even the slightest bit of bending her knees caused her pain, there was NO WAY she could squat.
I can’t tell you why, maybe it was the look in her face that I could tell she so badly wanted to try that made me forget the group for a moment and just focus on her. Very gently I asked her if we could try a few things. With great hesitation she agreed.
Giving her a few key cues and some feedback she was squatting. She couldn’t believe it! I asked her how she felt and she replied, “I have some pain, but I can’t remember the last time I did that!” Breaking down that first wall was all she needed. As I went back to the group, I noticed she kept trying.
Then it happened! We were about to leave the squatting section and I looked over to her, she was doing a parallel squat with a Core Ultimate Sandbag! I went over to ask her how she felt and she gave me the best “good” I have ever heard.
At the moment I didn’t realize it, this would be more of a game changer than I could ever imagine. She continued with the session and did another one later that day, performing all the DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training drills we covered.
I had to tell her how proud I was of her. It looked as though some tears were forming in her eyes as she told me how much the day had meant to her. For too long she thought she was never going to be able to really exercise again. The idea of squatting or doing other things were just something of the past. Giving her hope was not only the best gift I could give her, but her reaction was the best I could receive as well.
This experience inspired her to ask how she could do other things like lunge and more. I told her to take what we had taught, take it slow, and she will be shocked at how far she can go. It doesn’t hurt that DVRT Master, Cam Ward (our Australian master instructor) was there and connected to continue to work together.
The icing on the cake was what Cam would tell me a bit later. That this inspiring woman had told him at the beginning of the day that she almost didn’t come that day. She truly believed there was no hope for her to get better and why even bother. Her taking that leap of faith was a huge step and made me even more proud of what she had done.
I share this story with you because we often think the most bad ass things we see in fitness are the hardcore exercises or absolutely brutal workouts. The reality is the toughest people I have met are those that are willing to overcome their personal challenges, no matter how big or small they appear to be.
When people ask us what DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training is, we explain to them a solution. To what? Whatever you want to accomplish. I don’t believe in miracles, but I do believe in empowering people with education that can do some pretty amazing things in their lives.
I don’t want you to look at DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training just for new exercises or cool workouts. I want you to really take in what we are trying to share with you and how it can make a huge impact beyond the gym in your life.
If you wish to learn more about DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training education and how you can gain the power to really change people’s lives check out our upcoming programs HERE