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


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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! :)

Why DVRT-

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. 

 

DVRT BENEFITS

Versatile.

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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53 Comments

CARLA
Reply August 5, 2015

OH. I really had no idea there was a certification etc either!
I need to look around here and find me an instructor as Id love to try...
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    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    Definitely check it out- I think you'd really enjoy it!

sarah@creatingbettertomorrow
Reply August 5, 2015

Could I ask Santa for a bag? I'd love to add this to our home gym!
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    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    Haha yes! It would make the perfect Christmas present! :)

Michelle
Reply August 5, 2015

I am totally intrigued by that sandbag your always talking about! It definitely looks like a total body, functional workout!
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    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    It absolutely is! I love how you don't have to spend hours doing it just to get in a great workout!

jill conyers
Reply August 5, 2015

This is so cool Annmarie and totally new to me. Is the certification offered online or in person only?
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    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    I believe it is only offered in person right now. Honestly, even if they offered it online I would prefer the classroom experience, a lot of it is hands on!

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply August 5, 2015

Every time I read one of your workout posts, it reminds me that I really need to buy a sandbag. I must get one soon!

    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    They are so much fun!!!

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply August 5, 2015

Can I just use Zoe? I was so happy that they incorporated bags into our High X workout :D And I think this is so cool. Thank you for going more in depth into it! I will have to find a bag and knock some people OUT
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    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    Haha yes...Zoe would enjoy the attention, I'm sure!

Ruthie@She'sWickedHealthy
Reply August 5, 2015

This workout looks so tough! I've used sandbags before and love them - don't have one of my own yet though!
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    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    They are so much fun and a great way to sweat in a short amount of time!

Amanda
Reply August 5, 2015

Wow, this does look like an awesome piece of equipment! I've never used anything like it before. So, I'm super frugal :) but have been slowly building up my home gym. How much would the USB set me back? Happy #WildWorkoutWednesday!
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    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    It depends on the size you get but the power bags are around $99 :) I think they are having a sale right now too!

Renee
Reply August 5, 2015

You have me almost sure, I need one of these! I like that you can add or remove weight that makes it better than a weight right?
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    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    You definitely can add or remove weight but usually once I get a bag to a certain load I don't empty it out (just add) though you totally can!!!

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply August 5, 2015

This looks fierce! Such a great workout too!
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    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    It really is!

Lori @ TheHealthMinded.com
Reply August 5, 2015

So great! New to me -never heard of it. So interesting and congratulations for becoming certified.

    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply August 5, 2015

This does look very versatile ! Can't wait to see more about it!

    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    It is SO versatile! I will be posting more soon! :)

Debbie
Reply August 5, 2015

I think that after the last CrossFit games a lot more people will be into sandbags.
I noticed they will be offering online certification soon. I contacted them and mentioned you on my message. And thanks for sharing it. Fingers crossed!
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    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    Oh yay! That is awesome- let me know if you hear anything! :)

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply August 5, 2015

I love your exercise posts! This look like a tough one love it! Thanks for the link up
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    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    Thank you for linking up!!! :)

Amanda
Reply August 5, 2015

thanks for continually spreading the word about DVRT and it's awesome benefits. It really is a one of a kind system.

    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    Thank YOU so much for being such an amazing mentor! <3

Beverley @ sweaty&fit
Reply August 5, 2015

I need a sandbag! it is so versatile and you can do sooo much with it! definitely adds a challenging element to any workout. great post!
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    Reply August 6, 2015

    Absolutely does!

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply August 5, 2015

Badass! I need to get myself a sandbag!
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    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    Hahah heck yeah you do!

Angie
Reply August 5, 2015

I just finished my Precision Nutrition Certification and was looking for something new to learn about. I will definitely check this out! Thank you!

    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    Yay- this is a great certification + all around education!

Crystal Bissonnette
Reply August 5, 2015

It is awesome you seemed to have fallen in love with this. I have been wondering what exactly you were doing following you ;) I need to check into this a bit more. Looks right up my alley. Where do you get the bag? Do you buy it specific or stuff it?
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    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    I purchased it from UltimateSandbag.com- they are designed specifically for the DVRT drills and while some people have made their own it's really best to invest in a quality bag....and probably less hassle too ;)

Christine
Reply August 5, 2015

I have seen that the sandbag has gotten more popular and think it would be a great addition to my home gym. I also love the Equalizer bars. They are so versatile. Both together are an amazing workout!

    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    They do make a great combo along with kettlebells, battle ropes and the TRX!

Abby @backatSquare0
Reply August 5, 2015

Very cool equipment. And awesome workout suggestions.

    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    Thank you!

Jess @hellotofit
Reply August 6, 2015

It's so cool to read how DVRT has shaped your fitness life! I've never used sandbags before, but I'm saving this for when I do! I think we have a couple at work.
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    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    If there are any DVRT instructors in the area you should check them out and take a class!! You'd love it!

Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
Reply August 6, 2015

Wow this looks like a great workout, I'd never heard of it! Congrats on your certification!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply August 6, 2015

    It's a blast and while tough, it's fun too! Thanks so much for linking up!

Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs
Reply August 7, 2015

Now I need to learn more about DVRT! Thanks for the info and the linkup!
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    aelicatese
    Reply August 7, 2015

    Thanks so much for linking up!

Ariana
Reply August 7, 2015

Yayy thanks for sharing this information! There's a trainer at my gym who teaches Sandbag classes and they look so fun, but I don't know a whole lot about them. I'd love to get my hands on one and try this workout - it looks like a beast!
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    aelicatese
    Reply August 7, 2015

    Definitely give it a try! Is your instructor DVRT certified?! They'd really be able to help you understand all the benefits :)

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply August 8, 2015

Very cool! I'll add that to my list of must haves for my home gym!

    aelicatese
    Reply August 10, 2015

    Definitely is worth the investment :)

Tara
Reply August 13, 2015

I wanna get certified. I've added it to my list, for real. Sandbags seem like they create the ultimate workout. Gotta do it...
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