Wild Workout Wednesday: Why DVRT (Dynamic Variable Resistance Training)?


Welcome to back to our Wild Workout Wednesday link up! Each week I link up with Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Sarah at Creating Better Tomorrow and Michelle at Fruition Fitness 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!

First of all, I would like to thank everyone for all of their kind comments and support yesterday.  I honestly posted about Learning to Live with Histamine Intolerance to simply explain where my recipes might be headed and also share in case anyone is also suffering from similar symptoms and shed some light on a little known diagnosis.

 Honestly, being restricted from eating my favorite foods is less than ideal but I intend to make the best of it and adopt the same philosophy that my friend, Fitful Focus shared in her post, The Benefits of Having Food Allergies.  While histamine intolerance isn’t technically an allergy, I look at it as a challenge to develop unique and yummy recipes.

I also mentioned in my post yesterday that I wanted to shift the focus of the blog more toward DVRT (Dynamic Variable Resistance Training) including workouts.  I intend to do this every other week for Wild Workout Wednesdays alternating with posts about running/races.   So, I’ll stop wasting time and get started with why I love DVRT and it’s benefits! :)


Dynamic Variable Resistance Training? 

Why DVRT? Dynamic Variable Resistance Training via @FitFoodieMama

Ever since getting certified, I have been dying to share more about what I know and why I love the Ultimate Sandbag and Dynamic Variable Resistance Training so much. I have been training with the USB (Ultimate Sandbag) for approximately 6 years now and finally took my passion for it to the next level this past March by getting certified as a DVRT Level 2 Instructor

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Before I get into the benefits, let me explain exactly what Dynamic Variable Resistance Training is. DVRT by definition is the “use of training implements that have an interior load that is not static”.  DVRT uses an unstable weight (the sandbag) along with functional movement patterns to strengthen the body in all planes of motion.

It is honestly the most versatile piece of fitness equipment that I have ever used, you can workout with it anywhere, you can benefit from it no matter your fitness level and the education and continued support by other coaches is amazing. 

DVRT uses an unstable weight along with functional movement patterns to strengthen the body in all planes of motion. 




Seriously, the Ultimate Sandbag and DVRT system is the most versatile functional fitness system that I have ever used.  With over 400 variations of exercises, the possibilities are endless; progressive movement patterns in all planes of motion challenging stability and making you stronger.

The progression of the movement can be changed simply by the body position, how the bag is being held, the plane of motion it’s being used in and the speed of movement.

The beauty of the DVRT system is that anyone can use it from those needing corrective therapy to skilled athletes since it’s based on incremental progressions that is literally built from the ground up! 


No Gym Needed. 

If you’re going to invest in any single piece of equipment for your home, the Ultimate Sandbag is the way to go.  What other single piece of equipment can you think of can give you an entire full body workout, strengthen your weaknesses, help you progress in your training and be tucked away in a closet? 

The DVRT system provides you with solutions on how to use the USB to progress your training in every way.  I have preached strength and conditioning benefits of the DVRT workouts as a great way to cross train with running, because it is. Dynamic Variable Resistance Training has allowed me to strengthen my weaknesses, improve my running form and increase my endurance all from the comfort of my own home! 

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Education + Community. 

If you have any interest in getting certified in a functional training system, I encourage you to check out the DVRT Certifications. Josh Henkin, the creator of the Ultimate Sandbag and DVRT system provides top notch education on not just how to use a sandbag but also how to MOVE.  It’s a transformative fitness experience that will take your training to the next level.  DVRT certifications teach you a comprehensive system that provide both assessment techniques and ways to safely perform each movement progression. 

The best part about becoming DVRT certified is that the education doesn’t stop after you leave the classroom.  The DVRT community itself is incredibly supportive; always ready to answer questions and help you reach your goals.  The USB blog itself is full of resources such as educational tidbits, workouts and tips to keep you updated and always thinking. 

Honestly, getting my DVRT Certification was one of the best things I have ever done.  While I may just be starting to really apply it outside of the home, I feel confident in doing so given the foundation of knowledge that I now have. 

With all that talk about how great DVRT is, I obviously have to share a workout! I actually made this up over a week ago and have been dying to post it.  To be clear, this is a more advanced workout; in retrospect maybe I should have started with some beginner moves.  Note to self for next time 😉 

DVRT HIIT Work It Workout. Dynamic Variable Resistance Training, Ultimate Sandbag Workout, High Intensity Interval Training Workout

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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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