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By Josh Henkin, Master RKC, Creator of the DVRT System
It might be the MOST annoying saying in all of fitness. I have even heard some of the smartest and most accomplished strength coaches fall prey to it: “Weight is just weight, the body doesn’t know the difference.” At first glance, it makes a lot of sense! It reminds me of an old joke, “What weighs more, 1000 pounds of feathers or 1000 pounds of rocks?” Does science and the real world tell us anything otherwise?
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By Troy Anderson, RKC Instructor and DVRT Master Instructor
Imagine being a pioneer traveling in a covered wagon across the vast expanses of the Great American West—with nothing more than your abilities and a few critical pieces of equipment. You are on a quest to build a better life for you and all the future generations of your family.
by Zach Even-Esh, Author of The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning
The historic wrestling room at Lehigh University was awe inspiring, training was held in that room dating back to the 1930s. But this year would be the last time the wrestlers would train in that room. While the guys were still walking in and getting ready for my training, and I gave them a few minutes to lace up their shoes. I was drawn to the walls of the wrestling room, which was surrounded by countless black and white photos spanning the entire room from wall to wall.
Very specific things seem to happen for very specific reasons, but are completely inexplicable. Sometimes you are just in the right place at the right time. The other day I found myself at the doctor’s office for a check up on the hardware in my neck. While I was waiting, I daydreamed about meeting the man who in many ways was the inspiration that shaped my last decade, and led to my moniker as the “Sandbag Guy”.
by Danny Kavadlo, PCC Master Instructor, Author of Diamond-Cut Abs
My two favorite stretches are the most primitive ones I know. So primitive, in fact, that both monkeys and children do them on a regular basis. These simple moves provide an surprisingly effective and warm up, cool down or basic mobility drill.
By Master RKC, Max Shank
One of the major misconceptions with regard to kettlebell training over the past several years has been the idea that swings and get-ups will fix/cure/heal anything and be a well-rounded training program.
“Core” is one of the most over-used and misunderstood buzzwords in the fitness industry. It’s been that way for the last twenty-five years. The first time I heard “core” used in a fitness context, it referred to nothing more than the abdominal area.
To help you understand this new world of functional strength and athleticism, I will break down the role of each Ultimate Sandbag by size. With a minimal number of Ultimate Sandbags, you can have the equivalent of a HUGE gym’s versatility and purposeful variety.
When I was young, I was always searching for the new routine. The magic formula to suddenly turn me into a state champ wrestler, a pro bodybuilder, etc. Those were my days as an amateur.
Kettlebells have stood the test of time as workout tools. However, many people are still confused about which movements to focus on, and how to combine kettlebells with other training modalities.