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.
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.