Guest Blog – Coach Dawn – Lessons From the DVRT Level 1&2 Certification

Posted: March 14, 2014 by dannytwoguns in Guest Blogs

It is one of our core values, if not the most important core value at Twoguns Training Systems to constantly be learning and improving. In an industry and profession growing so rapidly, it is important to always be a student, always be learning, getting better and improving so continuing education is always a priority.

Up until recently, all of that continuing education involved me traveling to seminars, certifications and events to get better then brining the information and knowledge back to our train, reviewing and information with our team and implementing what was applicable. Now as our team expands and grows, earlier this month, I had the honor of sending one of my coaches to the DVRT Level I and II Certifications at Body Space in NYC with my mentor Josh Henkin and the great DVRT System.

I asked Dawn if she could write up a little lessons learned/recap of the weekend and she did a great job. I’ll let her take over from here…

DVRT Level 1 DB

“On March 1 and 2 of this year, I was lucky enough to travel to NYC and attend DVRT Certification Level 1&2 as a coach of Twoguns Training Systems and Danny Twoguns. For all of you who are not yet a part of the Twoguns Family, DVRT stands for Dynamic Variable Resistance Training. This was a thrilling opportunity for me, since I love coaching and the fact that I am newer to the fitness industry.

Wow! What an eye opening experience it was! I was instructed by leaders in the industry Josh Henkin, Steve “Coach Fury” Holiner, and James Newman among others.

Working for Twoguns Training Systems, I am extremely lucky to be mentored by Danny, who is infamous in this group. (Dan note – In a good way I hope haha) I felt I was adequately prepared for the two day course of instruction. Wow… Just when you think you are ahead of the curve, you learn so much more!

This seminar taught me to think completely different about this type of training. I am comfortable demonstrating and coaching these exercises because DVRT is the culture at Twoguns, but what I did not expect was to learn so much more about why we may do the exercises we do. The instruction was not only hands on and role playing, Josh really took the time to explain body mechanics and function and how this all integrates with the movement patterns.

The exciting thing is that there are regressions and progressions for every movement, a lot not even involving increasing weight, so any fitness level can benefit from these functional training patterns. The fact that most exercises all have a basic foundation of a few movements that we will eventually build upon to help us move better, which in turn gives us the ability to build muscle, strengthen our bodies and turn them into fat burning machines without using just machines and dumbbells.

I think the most interesting part to me was learning that using unstable implements (like Ultimate Sand Bags or USB as we call them) actually will help you build more strength than your standard barbells/dumbbells. Your body has to work harder to stabilize an implement like a USB because each movement will not be the same and cannot be replicated. Your body actually uses more muscles, because it has to stabilize! Very cool stuff!

DVRT Cert 2

Overall, a great weekend with a great host in a fantastic gym, great coaches and one hell of a workout. As you learned all of the movement patterns, you had to demonstrate them all and learn by doing as well as coaching each other. For those of you that know me, I am surely not afraid of a hard workout, but wow. I was whooped. We did have a physical test as well as a written test. The physical portion was administered half way through the first day. Definitely a humbling experience. I am fortunate however, as I practice the exercise we were tested on and had a good teacher at it, so I feel I had an advantage.

I passed with flying colors and actually completed it in record time. I also passed the written portion as of this past Monday. I am now a DVRT Level 1&2 Certified Instructor! How lucky for our clients – they receive training that is ahead of the industry from highly skilled coaches in a state-of-the-art facility.

I couldn’t have done it without you, Dan. Thank you so much for having faith in my abilities and giving me the opportunity to have my dream job. I also want to thank all of our clients. You all keep me inspired to do what I love to do. I LOVE MY JOB!”

  1. Kathie says:

    I love to hear someone loves their job – and I’ll agree that Dawn knows her stuff and is a great coach – and an inspiration!

  2. Char says:

    Great job & congratulations to Dawn. She never fails to impress me!

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