Wild Workout Wednesday: Always A Student

I’m a mom, a wife, a blogger, a foodie, a runner and most recently, a DVRT Master Instructor.  I wear each of those hats at different times, but one thing I always am; a student.  I love to learn.  If I could have it my way, I’d be attending classes and workshops all the time.  I am a firm believer that you can never really stop learning that you can always find some way to improve. 

It is for that reason that I was excited to be given the opportunity to assist Steve “Coach Fury” Holiner for the DVRT Level 1 Certification (Dynamic Variable Resistance Training Certification) in NYC this past weekend.  

Steve "Coach Fury" Holiner DVRT Level 1 Certification NYC

Steve Coach Fury Holiner Bear Hug Squat

He is a fellow Master DVRT Instructor who has really perfected the art of teaching; he knows both how to capture the attention of the room and really present the material in a way that his students can successfully apply it.  He’s extremely knowledgeable and sought after so taking the opportunity to assist him in teaching the cert was a no brainer. 

I should also mention that I was co-assisting with another fellow Master Instructor, James Newman who is also a sought after instructor and an expert in movement.  Clearly with both of them in the room, I had nothing but knowledge to gain. 

James Newman DVRT Master Chief Instructor DVRT Level 1 Certification NYC

The material that is covered in the DVRT Level 1 Certification is so much more than learning how to successfully use an Ultimate Sandbag, it is a course that teaches you about applying those exercises so you can move better while getting stronger.  It is not just a fitness system, it is an education on movement and strength. 

To be honest, I spent most of the time listening and absorbing what Coach Fury had to say along with the tidbits of knowledge bombs James Newman provided.  It wasn’t so much listening to the information that they presented, as I’m obviously familiar with the material, but the way that they presented it. 

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I learned new cueing techniques, ways to address common problems and most importantly, how to successfully present the material in an engaging and practical way. 

DVRT Level 1 Certification Half Kneeling Arc Press

As the day went on I began to feel more comfortable to the point where I walked around and coached and even demonstrated a few of the drills.  The most intense moment of the entire day came right before lunch with the Clean and Press Test.  

Those of you that have been reading for a while know my struggle and triumph with the test- for those of you who don’t know, it’s an intense 5 minute physical test which is one of the standards for passing the Level 1 Cert.  Needless to say, I was happy to be on the other side of it and grateful to be able to encourage and support others during those incredibly intense five minutes. 

Overall, just being in that room was an amazing experience but being able apply my knowledge and practice my coaching skills was priceless and an experience I won’t soon forget. 

On the flip side I attended the HKC (Hardcore Kettlebell Certification) the next day as a participant.  Again, I got to learn from Coach Fury who is also a Senior RKC Instructor.  


The HKC focuses on three main kettlebell lifts: the swing, the goblet squat and the Turkish get-up as well as learning coaching techniques for each.  While I was familiar with all three, I found that my kettlebell skills had gotten a bit rusty and definitely needed some fine tuning.  

For that reason, I found the certification extremely beneficial and am happy to report that I am now a certified HKC Instructor! :) 


So, in the spirit of the lifts that were tested in each of the certifications this weekend, I came up with a quick ladder workout that incorporates the Ultimate Sandbag Clean and Press and the Kettlebell Goblet Squat!

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Ladder workouts are always deceiving, they don’t seem like a lot of work but honestly it’s a great way to work with a weight on a little bit heavier side without getting too fatigued while still giving you a kick butt workout! 

DVRT Ultimate Sandbag and Kettlebell Ladder Workout {Dynamic Variable Resistance Training, Strength Training, Functional Fitness, Clean Press and Squat Workout}


The way the reps are laid out it may not seem like a lot of work but once you add them up, it comes out to 60 reps by the time you’re finished and if you’re feeling super ambitious….go in the reverse order and climb the ladder back up! 

The other reason I picked a ladder workout is it’s metaphorical significance- while I know this goes in descending order, the significance of climbing a ladder is much of the same way that I feel about my education and life in general.  There is always a reason to keep climbing.  If it gets too easy, go back up again.  If the load gets too light, make it heavier.  No matter what, never stop improving. 

Welcome to back to our Wild Workout Wednesday link up! Each week I link up with Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness  and Nicole from Fitful Focus to bring you workout ideas, motivation, inspiration and recipes to try.  Join us for a wild workout each week by reading along or grab the button and link up if you have a fitness or healthy living post to share!

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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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