DVRT Certified: I Cleaned, I Pressed, I Conquered!


A few weeks ago I shared my story about failing the DVRT Clean and Press Test that is required to pass Level 1 of the DVRT Certification and how I used that failure to overcome and try again.  Though it wasn’t easy, I did try again and managed to get the 50 reps in just exactly the required 5 minutes. 

Clean and Press Test, DVRT Certification

In addition to passing the physical test, you also need to complete a written test for Level 1 and a written test for the Level 2 certification.  Since I decided to take both Level 1 and 2 in the same weekend, that meant that I had nearly 40 DVRT related questions to answer. That might not sound like a lot but let me tell you, this certification is no joke.  

You honestly learn a ton, the entire course is so much more than just a certification; it is a whole new way of looking at fitness, how you can improve and ways to make it applicable to real life strength.  Master Trainer, Amanda Thebe, actually wrote a post about the magic of DVRT yesterday and explained it perfectly! Though the tests aren’t tricky, you still really need to understand the concepts of Dynamic Variable Resistance Training and since I was attending as a fitness enthusiast, not a CPT, I studied my little butt off. 

DVRT Cert Level 1

After about a week or so of studying, reading each of the manuals from front to back and back to front, I felt confident enough to submit my answers to the test and crossed my fingers that all my hard work would pay off.  The only thing left to do was submit my clean and press video.  

You might also like:  Wild Workout Wednesday: Sandbag Ladder Workout

After consulting a Master Trainer and being reassured that my form was good enough, I officially submitted the video and then waited with bated breath.   I was so nervous about it that I literally had anxiety dreams, I couldn’t stand the thought of failing again. 

Then, just a few days later, I got the email I had been waiting for, it read “Congrats on being a Level I and II Certified Instructor!” Not only did I pass the exams, I scored nearly perfect on my Level I and 100% on my Level II!!!

I was over the moon- it has been a long time since I have taken a real test and let me tell you, I am pretty sure the last time I scored 100% on anything was a 2nd grade spelling test (kidding, but not really).  

Even though I shouted the news on my Facebook page when I first found out, I just received the certificate in the mail the other day making it OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL! 

DVRT Certification

 

Included with the certificate was this DVRT t-shirt along with it, solely for bragging rights….

DVRT I Cleaned, I Pressed, I Conquered DVRT F#%K YEAH!

 I’m also officially official on their dvrtcertified.com site listed as an instructor! 

DVRT Instructor

 So now that I am all sorts of an official DVRT badass, my next thing is to figure out exactly how I want to implement it into my life of fitness.  

Here at home, I am thinking that once the weather warms up I will get a group of runners together and hold a cross training clinic for runners of sorts. DVRT is a great way to work on strength and endurance which we all know is so necessary as runners.  

You might also like:  Hill Sprints & Ultimate Sandbag Strength Workout

Here on the blog, I am thinking of sharing biweekly posts on what I have learned and what I am currently learning.  Since I am still new to it all, I have a lot to learn and think it would be fun to include updates to show you all how DVRT can be implemented into regular fitness routines.  

Do you have any special requests as to what you’d like me to share? Maybe workouts, specific exercises or questions on the actual certifications themselves? Let me know and I’d be happy to address them in future posts the best I can! 

Oh and don’t forget to link up with us tomorrow for Wild Workout Wednesday if you have a workout, fitness find or healthy recipe to share! :)

What have you been up to lately? Any fun news to share? 


signature
Print Friendly
aelicatese
About me

Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

WOD DVRT FB
DVRT Ultimate Sandbag WOD for Runners
August 31, 2016
3 Must Do Exercises That Make Running Easier
3 Must Do Exercises That Make Running Easier
August 17, 2016
wantable IG
Simple Fashion Accessories for the Sporty Girl
August 10, 2016
DVRT Park FB 3
DVRT Total Body Blast Park Bench Workout
August 03, 2016
track and core FB
DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Track & Core Workout
July 27, 2016
Top 10 Tips for Fitness Success for the Busy Mom
Top 10 Tips for Fitness Success for the Busy Mom
July 21, 2016
get strong
Supermom Strong DVRT Workout Program!
July 20, 2016
Hill sprints FB (1)
Hill Sprints & Ultimate Sandbag Strength Workout
July 06, 2016
10 Minute Ultimate Sandbag Core Workout for Runners! This workout incorporate Dynamic Variable Resistance Training core moves with the Ultimate Sandbag for a quick and effective way to strengthen your core so you can run stronger and faster! Find workout details on TheFitFoodieMama.com
10 Minute Ultimate Sandbag Core Workout For Runners
June 15, 2016

50 Comments

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply March 31, 2015

I am so excited for you! Congrats! to be honest I am not exactly sure what all this means :) but you are so excited so I am excited! I am looking forward to reading more about it!
Mary Beth Jackson recently posted...Who, what, why inspires you to be healthy?My Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply March 31, 2015

    Haha well, hopefully my posts will better explain it as I share different things! It is a lot of fun and a great workout, I think you'd like it!

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply March 31, 2015

Yey! Congrats! I know how hard you worked for this. I had no doubts that you wouldn't pass! Congrats friend!
Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted...Paris Marathon training recap: Week 11My Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply March 31, 2015

    Aw, thank you!!! I am really excited, now I just have to figure out what the heck I am doing with it, haha!

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply March 31, 2015

Way to go! I never had any doubt that you would conquer the training. Seriously, like 4 little letters and a sand bag have anything on you!
Susie @ SuzLyfe recently posted...Daily Serving : Nutrition Simplified Dietitian Created Snacks (Tried it Tuesday)My Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply March 31, 2015

    Awww, thank you! They did put up a tough fight but I prevailed ;)

Amber
Reply March 31, 2015

I am so proud of you!! Congratulations!!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 31, 2015

    Thank you so much, Amber! <3

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply March 31, 2015

Congratulations!!! So awesome!!!!
I'd love to see what you do for the running group on your blog!
Congrats again- you are amazing!
Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted...March 2015 Top 5 Posts & UpdatesMy Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply March 31, 2015

    Aw, thank you!!! I am still trying to figure it out but once I do I will share for sure :)

Amber
Reply March 31, 2015

oh my goodness, SO PROUD OF YOU! YOU'RE SUCH A BAD A$$ :)

    aelicatese
    Reply March 31, 2015

    Hahaha, thank you!!! :P

Carrie A Groff
Reply March 31, 2015

Congrats!! You are so inspiring! I'm excited to follow along with you on this journey and see how you implement it into your fitness routine. I have never workout with a sandbag, but it looks fun!
Carrie A Groff recently posted...#MotivationMonday – Maxasorb Vitamin B-12 CreamMy Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply March 31, 2015

    It is SO MUCH FUN! If you ever get the chance you definitely need to try a workout with a sandbag!

Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
Reply March 31, 2015

Congratulations! I'm excited to see some of those blog posts here. I'd love to learn more about DVRT because I'm pretty much clueless about it.
Jen @ Pretty Little Grub recently posted...The Chase of a LifetimeMy Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply March 31, 2015

    Thank you so much! I am excited to share more about it and hopefully spread the word! It is such an effective way to train!

Sam @ PancakeWarriors
Reply March 31, 2015

Woot woot girl you just rocked this cert!! Can't wait to read more about it and see how you add it into your routine. Congrats!!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 31, 2015

    Thanks so much!!! :D

Marcia
Reply March 31, 2015

Congrats to you! That is so huge to hit levels I and II! So so proud of you Annmarie! Way to rock it!
Marcia recently posted...Blame it on the Heat: Dream RacesMy Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply March 31, 2015

    Thank you so much! I am really excited about it though I still feel like I have so much to learn :)

Laura @FitMamaLove
Reply March 31, 2015

congrats! Sounds like a good certification to have!
Laura @FitMamaLove recently posted...Your Guide to Clean Eating Weekly Food Prep Via CalioMy Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply March 31, 2015

    Thanks, Laura! It is- very educational and eye opening about functional movement!

Lora
Reply March 31, 2015

WOOT WOOT! You go girl!!! That is AWESOME!!
Lora recently posted...#PassLove: A PROBAR Love StoryMy Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply March 31, 2015

    Thank you, thank you! :D

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply March 31, 2015

Knew you would crush it! Congrats friend!
Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted...April Rock Your Core Challenge Is Here!My Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply April 1, 2015

    Aw thank you and thanks for the confidence!!! <3

Kimberly
Reply March 31, 2015

Woohoo! Congratulations and way to go!
Kimberly recently posted...Faxon Law Greater Danbury Half Marathon Race RecapMy Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply April 1, 2015

    Thank you so much! :D

Jen
Reply March 31, 2015

Congrats! You really kicked butt on that test!
Jen recently posted...Bulletproof RecapMy Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply April 1, 2015

    Thanks so much, Jen! :)

Montana @ Pretty Lil Mudder
Reply March 31, 2015

First of all CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!! That's super exciting to be a certified trainer!

I think it would be cool if you shared some workouts- I'd love to know some at home workouts I can do to increase my strength as a runner. I'm not good at keeping up with strength training- I get into it for a month or two and then get bored and stop doing it haha. Maybe reading your posts will give me motivation to keep up with it!!
Montana @ Pretty Lil Mudder recently posted...Comparing Three Big Races: Spartan vs. Tough Mudder vs. Savage RaceMy Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply April 1, 2015

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I will most definitely be sharing some workouts! There is SO MUCH you can do with a sandbag and it is so effective in building both strength and endurance. Plus it's fun- something I think you wouldn't get bored of! :P

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply March 31, 2015

WHOOP WHOOP!
Nicole @ Fitful Focus recently posted...Sweet Date & Potato Crepe (gluten free, dairy free)My Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply April 1, 2015

    <3 <3

Tamieka@fitballingrunningmom
Reply April 1, 2015

Way to go!!! Way to persevere and get the job done!!

    aelicatese
    Reply April 1, 2015

    Thank you so much, Tamieka! :)

GiGi Eats
Reply April 1, 2015

Eeps! CONGRATS!! CONGRATS :)
GiGi Eats recently posted...Eggactly What You’re Looking For: Egg SaladsMy Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply April 1, 2015

    Thank you, thank you! :D

Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply April 1, 2015

Woohoo! That is so awesome.
Abby @ BackAtSquareZero recently posted...Fit Comes in Different FormsMy Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply April 1, 2015

    Thanks! :D

Nora @ 2 Generations Running
Reply April 1, 2015

Congrats Annmarie, that's so exciting!! I'm very interested to hear more about these workouts, especially how they can be implemented for runners. One question- is there anything you've found that can be used as a substitute for a sandbag for those of us who might not be ready to fully dive in and purchase one just yet?
Nora @ 2 Generations Running recently posted...Running with the Mind of Meditation: A Book ReviewMy Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply April 1, 2015

    I realized I didn't answer your question....I am not sure there is really a good sub for something like the sandbag since it is so unique in it's design. A lot of the exercises that you can do with a sandbag, you simply cannot do with other tools like dumbbells or barbells. I know some people have made their own at home and there are tutorials out there on how to do it but I wouldn't recommend it as it could get messy :P My best suggestion would be to find a facility that has some Ultimate Sandbags and try them out a few times with a trainer and see how you like it :)

Amanda
Reply April 1, 2015

It's wonderful to have you part of this magical family.
You are a great fit, your energy is contagious and you will just go from strength to strength.
Also thanks for sharing the blog post!

#F$CKYEAHDVRT
Amanda recently posted...DVRT Friday FlowMy Profile

    aelicatese
    Reply April 1, 2015

    You are welcome and thank you so much for the warm welcome into the DVRT family! I know I have so much yet to learn and I appreciate everything you've done to mentor me so far!

Josh Henkin
Reply April 1, 2015

Well deserved!

    aelicatese
    Reply April 1, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Josh Henkin
Reply April 1, 2015

Let us know about your goals and how you are attacking them using the concepts you learned! Not to mention there are some other DVRT challenges out there:)

    aelicatese
    Reply April 1, 2015

    Thanks so much, Josh! I would love to hear more about the challenges, sounds like they'd be a great resource and way to connect! I joined the FB groups, just haven't chimed in yet ;)

Jess @hellotofit
Reply April 2, 2015

Ahh Annmarie, you're such an inspiration!! Congrats for totally rocking it in all aspects!!!

    aelicatese
    Reply April 3, 2015

    Aww, thank you!! :)

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge