Dynamic Variable Resistance Training: Elite Fitness For Everyone

It is really no secret that I love the DVRT (Dynamic Variable Resistance Training) System and incorporating the Ultimate Sandbag into my training routine.  I talk about it a lot- practically to anyone who asks or is curious and wants to listen.  

Most of the time I get responses like “that’s so cool” or “you’re a badass” which obviously makes me feel awesome but also tells me that the message they are hearing is one that makes DVRT sound inclusive.  That it’s only for the already strong and powerful athlete or functional fitness guru.  

What they’re hearing is, it sounds fun but you need to be in shape or already fit to use it.  That isn’t exactly the truth.  In fact, it’s far from it. 

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Honestly, it didn’t really click to me until the last few months when I started promoting my DVRT Workshop that I realized that it was ME who needed to do a better job of explaining what DVRT is all about.  While I have written posts in the past about WHY you should incorporate DVRT into your training and all the benefits, the message I was trying to send still wasn’t clear. 

Prior to the workshop I had several people either say to me that they’d come but they weren’t in shape or express concern that they felt like they might not be ready to attend something so advanced.  With all the talk about the infamous Clean and Press test and all the posts that demonstrate fun flows and complex moves, it’s easy to interpret DVRT as something that might be too hard for most but that is simply NOT true!

In fact, one of the principles of the DVRT System is that it offers elite fitness to EVERYONE.  You don’t have to be big, strong and burly to pick up a bag.  You just have to know how to use it and once you do, the possibilities are truly endless.

Where is all this coming from, you ask?

Well, one of the attendees at my workshop this past weekend was none other than my 60 year old mother.  While she’s always kept in shape her whole life, she is what I’d refer to as a “cardio bunny”.  The woman can power walk for an hour but she practically whines at the sight of a weight.  My entire life I’ve heard her refer to odd objects as “too heavy” and pass the task of lifting them on to my dad.  How I ended up where I am today? Your guess is as good as mine 😉   

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Anyway, during the first portion of the workshop, my mother eagerly raised her hand and said “can this be used to train senior citizens?” to which my answer was “of course, DVRT is for everyone”.   

I then went on to explain that there are regressions for all the exercises.  That people that are older and definitely more out of shape than her use DVRT to build strength and rehab injuries all the time.  

I told her that DVRT isn’t just for those who are strong, powerful and able bodied but for anyone who wants/needs to MOVE better.  In fact, DVRT isn’t about muscles at all, it’s about movement.  

As we moved through the drills I could see her eyes light up with possibilities.  “I can do this” she’d exclaim.  

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After years of avoiding weights of any kind she was suddenly realizing that building strength didn’t have to be hard or complicated. It could be simple AND effective; a concept that even escapes some of the more experienced trainers.

Take this quote from a participant at the Level 1 & 2 DVRT Certification in California from this past weekend:

Functional movement is more than training movement patterns versus body parts. To quote Josh, “Functional movement is about building capacity and efficiency.” I’ve done metabolic conditioning & densities. I’ve done Olympic weightlifting & heavy lifting with barbells and dumbbells. Using Ultimate Sandbags this weekend was some of the most physically and mentally taxing training I’ve ever done. But it’s was also the most fun. I’m more sore than I’ve ever been, but I feel like I’m walking in a new body.

Seriously, no matter WHO you are and no matter WHAT your fitness level is, DVRT will change you and the way you look at fitness.  It is not just a training tool, it is a whole education system that is designed to teach you how to move better and really get the most out of your performance and every day life. 

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If anything, teaching this workshop taught ME a few things:

  1. I seriously love teaching what I am passionate about.
  2. There’s a whole community of people right in my own backyard that could truly benefit from DVRT.  


I am fortunate enough that I will be officially opening the doors to my studio to the public tonight so that I can continue to spread the DVRT love.  I was excited about my studio before but I am even more excited now.  To be able to teach and share something that changes the way one sees fitness, is a privilege I’m lucky to have. 

If you’re local and are interested in signing up for our 6 week program, hop on over to the Strength In Motion website.  You can also go over to the Ultimate Sandbag website and learn more about their online certification and education programs nearest you. 

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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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