She Pulled the Pin!

It was around this time two years ago I received a text from a client saying she had a really sore foot and wasn’t able to run. It was the morning I was flying out to the DVRT Master Trainers Summit in Las Vegas. At this time, I wasn’t able to assist, but what I did do is refer out. The GP called for an MRI and the results that came back were something a runner would never want to hear.


“You can’t run”.

Wait I have heard that before. Read here about my come back from knee surgery.

Diagnosis: A non-displaced ligamentous / capsular avulsion at the calcaneocuboid joint, basically a VERY SORE FOOT. The recommendation; a boot for 8 weeks, no running and strengthen.

“You need to strengthen your glutes, calves and foot”.


As good as boots are to immobilise the foot and needed for cases like this, they are extremely harsh on your gait. Generally people find over time issues in their hips and lower back due to the compensation when walking. You can try and match a shoe height to the boot height, but it is very difficult. Determined to hit the track when the boot was removed, Beth was given advice to work on strengthening the glutes, hips and calves.

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But, was this the solution……..

Could we do more? Well the Boot was ‘GONE’ and running it was…..we now programmed to gradually build the kilometres with no pain. Beth was on track for the SUNNY Noosa 1/2 Marathon.

What happened next brought me to tears…….a text message on race day with what should of been her finishing time!

“I broke down at 8km in so much pain, I couldn’t keep going”.

Instantly things go rushing through my head, what happened, was something not looked at..........I repeat, “WAS SOMETHING NOT LOOKED AT”.

I remember thinking we got her up to 18km no pain! WHY, WHY, WHY????

Ok so I was missing something but what was it. At the time, I couldn’t work it out so I referred out for the 2nd time. Plan 1 didn’t work! What are we missing??? 1st the podiatrists, which then lead to another health professional. I trusted my judgement to refer out but I was now out of the loop.

Beth was frustrated and needed answers and I needed a solution! I went back to the books for answers, infact I went to Josh Henkin and said I need to start reading again, I’m finding this problem. He sent me the title of the below book and WOW did it open my eye’s and give me not just a better understanding but……….

That’s it, that’s the answer I was looking for.

But was it too late…I had referred out it’s now almost 12 months on until we get an email.

Dear Cam,

I want to thank you for all your help and support however I have spent $$$$ since I last saw you on further treatments and still no better. I have decided to stop all treatments with all health professionals.


My reply: Thank you for the email…..BUT I’M NOT GIVING UP AND WON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER, we are going to reassess.

At this point I had just completed my Ultra Marathon after knee surgery and knew if DVRT could fix me, I knew we could give this a CRACK.

I said to Beth that I had read this really cool book and it aligned with everything we spoke about within the DVRT system.

Wait that can’t be ‘Glutes, can it’????

John Gibbons a UK Osteopath in his book ‘The Vital Glute’ talks about the importance of glute strength and how everything connects together.


But wait, she was doing glute bridges and foot exercises.

CONNECTS TOGETHER......well there was the missing link.

So we retested the glute firing pattern. The right side fired ok but the left side (pain side) the pattern was hamstring, NO GLUTE, opposite low back.

“NO GLUTE?”........Well there’s your issue!

John Gibbons talks about the cylinders firing in a car, if the mechanic puts the leads on the wrong way it will run but not that efficient. This is no different to our body and I quote John Gibbons, P70, ‘The Vital Glute’, “In our case, if we are particularly active but have a misfiring dysfunction, our bodies will also break down, ultimately causing us pain”.

So what did we do!

We sent her away for 4 weeks and asked her to do 100 squats a day! With a dysfunctional hip..



But what we did do is work on a few of the exercises below with the importance of connecting the upper and low body together through grip strength and firing the lats, glutes and core.

The glute began to work……. so we continued….

We threw a lot at it as Beth need answers and best of all results.

From mobility to lunging patterns we were gaining momentum quickly. Strength gains began and so did the kilometres.

And then????

Sunday 13th October 2019 THE BEST PART!

What went from an initial foot issue, to an ongoing injury, to PULLING THE PIN!

Beth regained hope and always trusted the system and Beth ran her first marathon ‘Injury Free’.


Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!


The journey with us started 2 years ago, but Beth’s real journey started 6 years ago. Check out her post race speech here


What I learnt was, I needed to back myself trust that it would come together. Being able to learn from the best is a real honour and now we get to share that with Australia.

2019 Master Trainers Summit


Want to learn more and how you can assess your clients to take them to new heights? We will be covering this and so much more in our upcoming workshop in November. To register follow the link!

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Trainer Smarter Not Harder

What Knee Pain!

A little over a week and I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive energy people have shown both prior too and post my first 60km Ultra Marathon. An event I have dreamt about for the last 8 years after a buddy pitched the idea. In late 2013 it came to a crashing mess which lead to knee surgery in 2014. 5 weeks post surgery I received the news no runner would EVER want to hear. (read more here).

December 24th 2018 camping for Christmas in the high country of Victoria. The energetic demon in my head says, “Can I run an Ultra Marathon in 2019”, the modest demon replies,”Dude you have just ran 6km and your SPENT, how will you add the 0 and make it 60km”

Well now you know what goes through a runners head! But was it possible, was I able make the distance, would my body be able to sustain the impact?, would my knee just pack it in?


I’m a firm believer of ‘I’ll never know, unless I give it a go’.

Taking a slightly different approach to this program, I wanted to heavily incorporate my LOVE for DVRT and improve my efficiency of movement to give a greater impact.

So what did I do!

In a nutshell.... I trained the ‘Plane’ and challenged the ‘Chain’ to get the ‘Gain’.

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Ok….So I’m still on a high from the weekend!

Basically what I am saying is running isn’t all about SMASHING the pavement and running STUPID amounts of KMs. Yeah you have to run and depending on your distance, sometimes you have to run a lot. But incorporating more than calve raises and lunges into your strength program can take you to the next level.

If I look back at my program I completed a build phase averaging about 45-50km a week and then a 12 week program that took me to race day with an average of 60.80km. In comparison I was seeing some athletes running 100-120km per week in their biggest weeks.

I certainly wasn’t shooting for an Olympic qualifying time but wanted to finish well....BUT running two businesses, a family and playing the balancing act I just didn’t have the time to cover that amount of running.

But you still haven’t told us what you did!!

OK, OK, OK, so as I mentioned I really wanted to test TRUE Functional Training and see if I could follow a basic running program but truely pull the strength training together. I knew along the way, time would get me and some runs would need to be sacrificed. Now I’m not saying don’t run just strength train. What I am saying is…. I firmly believe having my body work more effectively, I was able to achieve the result I did.

2-3 times a week for 20-30 minutes I would challenge my fascial chains, as per the images above (groups of muscles that improve my movement). I knew I had a weakness through my left hip that required allot of work. But with little time I had to be really smart how I approached my strength work.

If I worked on improving the connection between my lats and glutes (posterior line) and dialed in on the communication between my left hip and right leg ? glute(lateral sling) what would happen?


Now this race was TOUGH but I was looking for a challenge and a challenge is what I got.

After 5 hours and 7 mins I firmly believe the work I did paid off.

To finish 2nd in my age group and 18th from 100 athletes, I was pretty CHUFFED with the return of all the hard work.

What I am more excited about and something I have been working on is the online program to assist runners to ‘Pain Free Running’ which will be released in the coming months. Whether your starting out with your running or looking to take it more serious, this program will be of much benefit to any runner

We will keep you posted……but until next time thanks for reading and BRING ON more pain free running.


DVRT Master Instructor Australia

Bouncing back!

A month or so ago I woke to the excitement of Josh posting about how Ryan Reynolds has been using the Ultimate Sandbag for his upcoming Deadpool movie.  Jessica a HUGE fan of all movies Ryan Reynolds was over the moon the Ultimate Sandbag was being used in his training.   See the full article HERE


This got me thinking as I prepare for our upcoming Certifications.  Our previous workshop at Hustle Fitness Sydney, I broke the Ice with "Introduce yourself and tell us who your favourite Super Hero is".  

I know, I know you have probably been asked this question before, however I thought it was quite appropriate as 'Avengers' was on the TV the night before the workshop. 

More to the point it was one of the responses I was given that has stuck with me.  The owner of the business said his favourite Super Hero was his Dad, which I thought was a wonderful answer and set the seen for an awesome workshop.

My wife (Bec) has watched my journey grow over the past 7 years and my passion grow stronger and stronger for the DVRT system.  Going back a little over 12 months, Bec not by choice under went major abdominal surgery.  Little did she know that everyday lifting, movement and the things she took for granted became really challenging.

Determined to get going again her first goal was in six weeks to get strong enough to get on a plane and fly for 20hr to the Arbonne International Conference in Las Vegas.  After the first couple of weeks of rest we would spend 5-10 minutes a day on the floor completing ISO pull exercises to start activating the core.  A simple movement using the Ultimate Sandbag and squeezing the floor with her feet was enough to active her tummy muscles.

Making it to Las Vegas and having an AWESOME time, the next goal was hitting the sunny sandy beaches of the Gold Coast for the Australian Conference.  This is where we started to really spend more time on movement and was able to start seeing big gain.  

Still having some challenges with movement we had to think lateral and play around with things like the Dead Bug and the Glute Bridge as raising of the legs to high still showed some weakness.  Until you get your hands on an Ultimate Sandbag you don't realise how much you can get from 'PULLING THE HANDLES APART'

Pulling the handles apart activated her lats and core, which allowed for a stable pelvis giving Bec the ability to start increasing the movement in her arms and legs.  We have a running phrase at one of our ladies sessions 'Proximal stability, gives distal mobility', meaning if we work on strengthening the core and muscles closest to our spine our arms and legs will move more efficient.  

A huge stepping stone, creating tension to allow the legs to come off the ground.

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Adding the Ultimate Sandbag into traditional movements such as the Dead bug and the Bird Dog not only brings the body together to connect as one but gets us results faster.  No we are not asking you to throw the USB's or move them really faster, in fact we are asking you to slow it down and create as much tension or friction as you can depending on the movement you are completing. 

Being able to use the core Ultimate Sandbag as a tool of feedback allowed tension to be achieved in the right places for a beautiful corrective exercise.

Having a tool or piece of equipment is one thing, but knowing what to do with it to train and move with intent is another thing.  That's why we are really excited that 12 months on Bec is now able to achieve what you see in the below video.  It actually bought a tear to my eye when we were filming this workout because I would honestly say 12 months ago we had a vision and when it all comes together it is EXCITING.

Not only can you use the Ultimate Sandbag for corrective exercises you can also put it into awesome workouts with true functional meaning.  It's now your chance to take advantage and learn how you can train at home or in the gym.  Reply to this blog and we will send you the education discount course code to apply to your next DVRT Ultimate Sandbag course.

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Are your hamstrings really tight?

Cam Ward - DVRT Master Instructor, Australia

Are your hamstrings really tight?

One of the things I love about our Dynamic Variable Resistance Training (DVRT) system is applying our movements and exercises to clients and watching their reaction when they see and feel the change.  Just recently I was approached by a local football club at a competitive level to come on board and work with them over their pre season training.  A very fit bunch of young fellas finished off the 2015/2016 season just short of the grand final.  A series of injuries let them down in the back end of the season.

We approached the first training session and I was nervous.... what would they think? What would be the reaction? 

With 30 pairs of eyes staring at me, I took a deep breath and put our system into action. “SO hands up if you have tight hamstrings?”  Was my first line. 

Now if you know Australian Rules Football (AFL) one of the biggest complaints in the sport is hamstring injuries or tightness.   


Yes I agree it is the hamstring that generally goes POP, but what would you say if I could give you two exercises that would assist this problem....... I know what I would say!


After asking the question a young and powerful player’s hand flew up like a young kid busting to ask a question.  This player had a history of hamstring and low back issues.....

So in front of 30 footballers we tested his range of motion, gave him one exercises the tall kneeling around the world.  The full test can be viewed below.

BOOM!! Jaws dropped and the reaction from the improvement in the range was awesome.  I know, I know it hasn’t fixed the issue permanently.  No it hasn’t but what it has shown you is to look further than the area of pain or discomfort.

So what changed? 

The tall kneeling position gives us not only a firm base to work with but a greater chance of core activation.  The idea behind this movement is to teach the body to resist rotation or swaying from side to side whilst the USB is moving around the head.  Driving the toes into the floor lights up our glutes whilst the upper torso is controlling and resisting the action of the USB. 

So what does it give us.....well with a core system activated and a stabile pelvis we have a platform ready to turn up the heat of what the year will bring.

Now where: Work on your tall kneeling around the world, read more about the progressions here or even look to bring into your program the ultimate sandbag press out squat or resisted front loaded marching.

Give it a go and let us know how you go.

Check out our upcoming workshops where we will go into further detail of some of the most common DVRT Ultimate Sandbag exercises.

Until next time

Cam Ward
DVRT Master Australia   

Can bad shoulders be fixed?

I slept in a bean bag for 10 days until I found relief!

Seeing people in pain or discomfort is not something I like to experience because I remember when I did my knee what it felt like.

Down on the coast if you don't ride a bike, run or walk the tracks you'll probably be one of the 100s that hit the surf for hours on end most days of the week.  A gift we have to head out into the surf clear the head and set up our day.


'Unfortunately that gift, if not maintained can be taken from you even at an elite level.'

"Maintained"....... What we mean is when surfing for hours on end, just like sitting at your desk for hours over time your chest muscles tighten and begin to round your shoulders.  We begin to loose up body mobility and the muscles in your back become over stretched and pain kicks in.  

For the surfer our deep stomach muscles called our flexors become extremely tight pulling on our pelvis and changing our stance.  This can lead to balance issues and stress on other areas of the body!


Below is a story of a busy mum and former pro surfer that one morning woke up and could not move her arm or shoulder.


Hi Cam

I am 39 years old and a Mother of two boys ages 12 and 10.  I started surfing around that age and often spent hours and hours in the water at a time.  Through my teen years I went on to surf at an elite level.   After having kids and helping them learn to surf I was back surfing with them often hours on end to keep their pace …but probably not in the same body as I had in my teens!

I started to notice I was getting sore in the shoulders, I was having trouble sleeping and felt like I had no power in my arms.  I let it go for a few months as I thought it would get better! But it didn’t…it got a lot worse until one morning I woke up and could not move my arm even an inch. I was in excruciating pain I couldn’t sleep let alone drive , cook dinner etc.

'The doctor told me I had frozen shoulder.'

By chance I met someone that had fantastic results with Cam and she said go and see him even if he just helps you get some sleep.  At that stage I had been sleeping in a bean bag upright for 10 days even on pain relief.  After the first visit I was sleeping 6 hours straight lying down which I thought was very impressive.

Over the next 6 weeks we worked with his specialised massage technique that slowly let the adhesions in my shoulder break down and allow me to complete a very simple strength and stretching program that I would do at home which took about 10 minutes a day.

I could not be happier with where I am now which is full range through my shoulder and no pain at all (that all went by week 2).  I have purchased an ultimate sandbag and now complete my rehab program at home.  I love the USB Arc pressing, around the worlds and now working on my max lunge and haven’t felt so good through my shoulders in years.

If you want lasting results to see you you to the finish line go and see Cam…he has an infectious motivation that is hard not to catch

Anna Zanoni

If we go back to the where we mentioned sitting or surfing positions can lead to tight flexors and therefore putting more stress on other areas of the body........One of our go to exercises when helping Anna was the Half Kneeling Arc Press,


Well it wasn't our first exercise but what it did lead to was our go to as it was opening up her flexors, challenging the frontal plan stability required to ride a surfboard and then bang for her buck strengthening those shoulders.

It took us several weeks to undo and release all the tightness and tension before we could move into our strength program.  Anna's success has continued and now enjoys teaching and surfing with her boys.

Are you struggling with the same problems? 

Check out our upcoming DVRT Workshops where we will show the Arc press and more.

Thanks for reading 

Cam Ward - DVRT Master Instructor


Just last week after a long stint of cold weather the sun broke through and gave us some warmth. Unlike the northern parts of Australia, Melbourne takes that little bit longer for the weather to warm up.  That in mind we grabbed a few Ultimate Sandbags and hit the outdoors for few training workout videos.  

At the time of filming I didn't realise until editing the footage that my body was producing quiet a bit of feedback.  Feedback that is so common when it comes to squatting we don't realise until we see it or someone picks it up.





A few weeks ago Josh wrote a blog (read more here) about the butt wink, what it is and how it comes about.  So many theories of why it happens, I wanted to show you how I was able to fix it in one simple movement.

You see as suggested when the pelvis and core muscles that surround the pelvis disengage we find the creation of the tilt.  Engaging the surrounding core muscles stabilises the pelvis and therefore BYE BYE WINK.  

Try it out and let us know how it feels.

For more details on our up and coming DVRT workshop in Sydney check out 

Until next time, train safe

Cam Ward
DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Master Instructor

Common questions about the Ultimate Sandbag

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When Josh Henkin designed the Ultimate Sandbag he did so with a very specific purpose in mind. That meant giving people a lot of options, but also caused many questions. So, let's address some of the most common questions about our Ultimate Sandbags....

Q: Where do I get sand and what type?

A: We send the Ultimate Sandbag (USB) unloaded to save on postage costs. That is because if you go to your local hardware store you can get a 20 kilogram bag of sand for around $7.00 - $10.00.  What type?  We recommend kids play sand as the most common sand available. 

Q: How heavy do I make my Ultimate Sandbag?

A: Each size of Ultimate Sandbag has a very specific use in mind, so we always recommend on error on lighter. For example...

Size of Ultimate Sandbag Beginner Intermediate Advanced

Core 4-5 kg 6-7 kg 9kg

Power 9 kg 14 kg 18 kg

Strength 18 kg 23 kg 28 kg

Burley 36 kg 45 kg 55 kg

You will see bigger jumps on bigger Ultimate Sandbags but we recommend you get our FREE e-book HERE to see how we use each size and some of our favorite exercises. 

Q: How come the USB doesn't use 5 kilo filler bags?

A: Part of the job of the filler bag (the filler inside the shell that holds the sand) is to not only hold the weight, but to also give some dimension to the USB. Five kilo weights seem great until you use them. They not only flop around in your USB, but they also feel like bricks taking away some of the best aspects of the USB. That is why we have the DVRT system so that you can learn how to make the same weight feel heavier or lighter for an exercise without changing the weight of the USB at all.

Getting started with the Ultimate Sandbag TM

·Make sure to use dry sand (all purpose or play sand is best) or other filling implements such as rice.  These can be found at most hardware stores.  Do not use abrasive materials (rocks, stones, weights, wood, etc)

The small filler bags should be filled to no more than 2/3 full, which is about 7kg or 15lb. Large filler bags should be filled to no more than ½ way, which is about 18kg or 40lb.  Do not over fill your filler bags.

After you have filled your filler bag to the desired weight, seal the first layer of Velcro then press all the air out of the bag and continue to seal and then close the filler bag.

You can use one or both filler bags. If using both, we recommend filling one slightly less than the other.

Shake the filler bag so the weight is relatively even throughout the filler bag.

Place filler bag(s) into the shell Velcro side down. If using both filler bags, place them with opposing sides stacked upon one another.

We recommend using the minimum load weights (4.5kg or 10lb small filler bags and 11kg or 25lb large filler bag) when beginning your sandbag training.

Refer to your instructional DVD and training booklet for more details on how to fill and use your Ultimate Sandbag.

 **As with all exercise programs, you should get your doctor’s approval before beginning**

Actions that will void your warranty:

Slamming of the Ultimate Sandbag

Throwing of the Ultimate Sandbag

Dragging on concrete or rough surfaces

Swinging the Ultimate Sandbag by outer handles or end flaps

Grabbing onto the end flaps versus not rolling them into the Ultimate Sandbag as intended

Exceeding 29kg or 60lb while using the suitcase handle

Excessive loading of the Ultimate Sandbag

Using abrasive materials such as gravel in the filler

Pouring sand directly into the outer shell

Maintenance of your Ultimate Sandbag TM

The Ultimate Sandbag can be wiped down with any anti-bacterial wipes either during your set or between workouts.

Depending upon level of use, once a month we recommend you clean out your Ultimate Sandbag and re-organise the fillers.

Make sure to keep the weight in your Ultimate Sandbag evenly dispersed.

There is an Ultimate Sandbag TM 365 day warranty on ALL Ultimate Sandbag products.  Please refer to our website for more details on our warranty and other policies.

Our Guarantee: We stand behind all our Ultimate Sandbag products and ask if you have any questions or issues to contact us on 0413 359 672. We will get back to you within 24 hours.

These are some of the most common questions, but feel free to write us at or please check out our website HERE.  Our website is constantly being updated so continue to check in.


Never give up

Working in the fitness industry, as a lot of fitness professionals will know it can be a life changing experience for our clients and on the flip side and extremely rewarding position for us.  You get excited when you see your clients achieve and reach mile stones and you definitely feel for them just doesn't work out for them on the day.  

We've all heard the phrase, "you need to get back on the horse". Well when we have a set back in life sometimes it's not that easy.  We can push and push and push our clients to give it another go but at the end of the day, it takes determination to 'never give up'.


Recently posted on the Ultimate Sandbag Fitness Facebook page was the above image our photographer captured of myself and a client training in the 4EVERfitness training studio.  To the naked eye this image is of a coach and his client completing an Ultimate Sandbag front loaded squat, but here's where an image can mean so much more.

Born with a congenital orthopaedic issue where his femur or thigh bones are internally rotated or both of his knees face inwards. Specialists said to him as a little boy the option of surgery would mean breaking his hip, resetting and being wheel chair bound for 12 months with the potential oflearning to walk again.  Opting out as a young boy he played high level cricket and followed his passion basketball.  Knocking his knees together when running and riding, he was not able to perform at his best, let alone knee pain and tightness through his pelvic muscles was never ending.

As time when on he learned to deal and adapt with his issue and for years as a young adult would train himself at home on a multi function weight machine.  I approached him a little over 12 months ago and asked how his training was progressing. To my surprise he said, “Great, I have been maxing out my machine for 12 months”. “WHAT” I replied.  I was shocked to hear he had stayed at the same weight for this long.  He went on to tell me he would love to run but it caused him pain and as his weight training didn’t cause him grief he wanted to continue.  I could read in his face that he was frustrated and wanted change. He was stuck and didn’t know what to do.

So what did we do!

We set up a plan and introduced him to functional training. Being a DVRT Master instructor, I felt confident that using the DVRT system we could create some pretty amazing changes. Setting up a plan of progressions, identifying and addressing his specific issues we got to work. Did it work? Well here he is today and what a difference.

So what changed???


We started working on ..............


Wait! The real question is what HAS changed.  As you can see from the picture above this is Dan’s very first ½ marathon in 36 degree C temperatures, he’s completed a 10 day charity ride from Adelaide to Ocean Grove a little over 1000km and best thing yet is he has shot over his weight limit of 60lb in the Ultimate Sandbag Clean and Press Challenge knocking out 40 reps at 80lb in 5 minutes.

Writing this blog gives me goose bumps thinking of how far he has coming and the hurdles he has jumped to get him to where he is today.

The take home message here is have a vision, voice it and listen to your client.  We all get hooked up with the latest fads and crazes and forget to listen to number one.....the clients goal. 

What DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training has given me is a great possibility of leading my clients down a path of success. An ability to more accurately and effectively identify their needs and address them. Having great will is part of the equation, having the right know how is the other! 

Until next time train safe and with purpose.

Cam Ward

DVRT Ultimate Sandbags Master Instructor

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Can you really use a sandbag to fix an injury??

Cam Ward, DVRT Master Australia (4EVERfitness)

Can you really use a sandbag to fix an injury??

As we sink our teeth deeper into the health and fitness industry it becomes more and more noticeable that it takes a team to fix a problem.  Having an issue looked at from all angles and levels goes a long way to educating your client to a better outcome.

About two months ago I wrote a blog telling my story of how I over came major knee surgery to running a marathon (Read Here).  Well the story continues with a success story about my wife and best friend Bec.

Bringing two beautiful children into our lives and setting up a functional training centre from home was the best decision we made.  Not easy but a great way to watch the kids grow up and allow them to see what it took to get mum pain free and moving.

Two years ago!!!, Yes two years, Bec is now on track to getting back to her passion of running.  Without getting to gory Bec had a dislodgment of her pubic bones and would find it hard walking or even moving around to complete her day to day activities.

Working with Bec’s Chiropractor we took to the studio and worked through the DVRT system using the Core and Power Ultimate Sandbags.  Now keep in mind kneeling or putting any asymmetric load through the pelvis was painful, which is why we started with glute bridging movements.  We wanted to fire the connection between the lats and the glutes to allow us to progress to more powerful movements later on.

Once we could achieve fluid movement through bridging patterns we advanced to cross pattern loading with one of the movements the bird dog. What we found interesting about this movement was when executing the traditional bird dog pain was experienced through the lateral hip.  However when introducing the lateral drag bird dog using the Core Ultimate Sandbag the pain disappeared.  

Huh! No pain! There must be a trick and why would this take away the pain.  Well what we did different is by dragging the Ultimate Sandbag along the ground it light up the lats and connected with the opposite glute giving us the cross pattern connection.  

BOOM follow the make and design of the body.  Like our walking or running patterns we move in cross patterns with the opposite arm and leg tracking forward as we move. Training the body as it is designed to move, not shockingly, improves strength, movement, and pain-free actions so much faster! 

This is different than how most people perform a Bird Dog. They create the same motion, but the intent is quite different. There isn’t the tension and connection to this chain that automatically “turns on” the right muscles!

Having an understanding of movement and how the body connects and communicates will go a long way to achieving your clients goals of pain free movement.  It’s a very humbling feeling when your client once struggled to stand on one leg to moving through the below patterns.