DVRT: Sometimes Size Has Nothing To Do With Strength

A few days ago, Ultimate Sandbag creator, Josh Henkin shared a post on the blog about excuses and drawing inspiration from people and experiences to overcome them. 

He talked about his own struggle with his recent back surgeries and finding strength to work through his pain through memories of his step mother and her hard fought battle with cancer. 
Within the post he also mentioned myself and how I’ve openly talked about being inspired by my kids and doing my best to be an inspiration for them by showing them what it really means to be strong. 
Funny thing is, before he ever shared his post I had a similar draft waiting to be finished and shared. 
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You see, not long ago my daughter came home from preschool and confided in me that her friends made fun of her for “being little”. While I’m sure her 4 year old friends were merely pointing out an observation rather than being mean, it was something that I feared would happen from the day she was born. 
Without going into a long and labored story, she was born small due to the fact that she stopped growing in utero. She was placed in the NICU, released and re-hospitalized for failing to thrive just two weeks later. During her stay at the children’s hospital she was dubbed “the littlest peanut” and at just 4lbs, she was. 
As her mother and someone who is also on the smaller side, my goal as she grew was to show her that her size does not define her strength. 
Whenever I work out, I encouraged her to watch, join me and follow along. My biggest joy in these moments is when she picks up a weight and shouts “Look mom, I’m strong!” with a big grin on her face. 
So when she came home from school that day, I reminded her that her size does not define her strength or who she is and encouraged her to pick up my 30lb USB power bag. 
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And without too much effort, this 27lb girl deadlifted the sandbag and shouted “BOOM BABY!” In a flash, her confidence was restored. 
The point of this post is that sometimes strength has nothing to do with size but with enough confidence, you can accomplish what might seems nearly impossible to others.  
That is exactly what my DVRT certification and training has taught me. Other than my marathon I just ran on Sunday (race recap to come tomorrow), the DVRT clean and press test was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.  Incorporating DVRT into my training has also taught me that just because someone can power lift, does not mean that they are capable of moving in all the different planes of motion with a much lighter-in-weight sandbag.  Again, showing that size does not always translate to strength. 
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Passing that clean and press test and becoming DVRT certified has really changed the way that I view strength and movement.  It’s not just a training program to me, it’s a way of life which is why I am excited to share that I was recently promoted to the position of DVRT Master Instructor.  
On Thursday I leave to attend the annual DVRT Master Trainer’s Summit in Arizona, it will be a meeting of great minds and an incredible source of inspiration for me.  I am beyond honored to be part of such an elite group of coaches and cannot wait to use this opportunity bring you even more awesome DVRT content! 
Let’s chat!
Where do you find your inspiration? 

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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!


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