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Knowledge is power: New ViPR Training, LMT-1 ViPR
Jake Duhon performing ViPR exercise

Are you ready to elevate you career and your clients exercise experience with unique education that gives you an edge on the fitness industry?

Every day presents an opportunity for you to learn more about the human body, its ability to move in this world and your ability to influence people through your expertise. Whether working with pro, elite or tactical athletes, clients seeking to eliminate aches and pain or the general population, there’s always something you can do to further develop your craft. As the global authority on loaded movement training, ViPR supports an international community of coaches, trainers and therapists who share our passion for human movement performance.

Our new education platform guides you through the latest innovations and practices for loaded movement training. You'll gain the knowledge and confidence you need to develop cutting-edge programs while leading clients to move, perform and feel their best. If you are looking for something unique to offer your clients it’s a great time to begin promoting your expertise with new, smart and extremely effective solutions with our newest course, LMT-1. Our goal in creating this course is to help you with an introductory level education on the fundamental principles of Loaded Movement Training (LMT) and exercises that make up the foundational drills of all ViPR programs.

Knowledge is power, it’s time to hone your craft!

First training dates released in the UK, Book online now

Coming soon across the globe, watch this space…

By Jake Duhon, Global Education Development Manager

Working with older clients: Introducing the 2kg ViPR ViPR
Marion training individual older client with a 2KG ViPR

Working with the (very much) older person is great fun. Twice a week, I run classes in a residential care/nursing home. We started small but have now grown into two groups. One group we call ‘high intensity’ and the other ‘low intensity’. The difference is both in the physical activities and the residents' cognitive skills. What we have been able to build up over the months is a real relationship. I have got to know bits about their lives, I know about those who lost husbands during the war, about their children, their grandchildren, and their great grandchildren. I know what they think of the current government and how they feel about not being able to live in their own homes any more. Some can't tell me everything that they might like to, but we communicate; we communicate with a touch, with a look, with a laugh.

At first, residents were hesitant about joining the group as they were unsure of their balance and strength. Now, they can walk up the stairs (often without any help from me), their balance is vastly improved, and they can squat and lunge with minimal help. We have moved from chair-based exercises to much more standing and walking.

Resistance work is imperative and, much to their surprise and to much laughter, they have embraced the 2kg ViPR™. They have grown used to me bringing in equipment (we have always used resistance bands), but dumbbells were not always easy. ViPR has added a great new dimension to our workouts. It's very easy to hold and to demo, and is just the right weight to challenge, but not damage. I patted one lady (aged 96) on the upper arm to let her know that she had done really well, and I could feel her bicep. I remarked on her muscles and she said, "What do you expect after what you’ve put me through?" I think that says it all!

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By Trainer Team Member, Marion Foreman

Marion training a group of older clients with 2KG ViPR's

Introducing the new 2kg ViPR ViPR

Elderly clients tilting ViPRViPR™ HQ is pleased to introduce a new addition to the family: the 2kg ViPR. Standing slightly smaller in stature than other models, the new 2kg TPE ViPR holds its own sense of authority and power. Like its larger companions, the 2kg model allows people to begin realizing their full potential for daily motion through Loaded Movement Training. We are extremely excited for the possibilities that this sized ViPR brings to our ViPR community. Now, twisting, lunging, tilting, shifting and rotating are even easier!

The 2kg ViPR really does add a completely new dimension to ViPR programming; the possibilities with the 2kg model are now only limited to your imagination! We've not only received a huge amount of interest in the tool for kids and the active-aging market segments, but also in the areas of Pilates and pre- and postnatal. The lighter weight means that there are no barriers to performing movements effectively and with precision. It is perfect for beginning your journey with ViPR, no matter your size, age or ability. Not only this, but it is fantastic for enhancing your performance for vitality and is a great size for warming up with!

Children playing with the new ViPR 2KGSpecifically in regards to use with kids, the 2kg model allows them to truly experience authentic ViPR movements as it mirrors the dimensions of an adult with a 4-12kg ViPR. The benefits of use at a young age include better mobility, stability, and enhanced movement patterning. Not only this, but Loaded Movement Training helps to strengthen muscles, fortify bone, and fascia also helping to balance hormonal and metabolic systems at a critical developmental time in their lives.

We really see this product as a fantastic opportunity for PTs to use to increase their client base by adding a completely new dimension to training (and enabling entry into different market segments). This product can also be used as a great extension within existing class formats. Offering suitable holds and a gentle load, this size allows the enhancement of practices such as Pilates. We see this as a very exciting time for us here at ViPR HQ and for the ViPR community as a whole, as it truly allows kids, adults and the aging population to reap the benefits of Vitality, Performance and Reconditioning.

Keep an eye out across our website for the launch of education programs that incorporate the 2kg ViPR, and across our social media platforms to see the tool already in action!

For product-specific information, see:

Elderly and pregnant clients using ViPR

Amy’s story: part 2 – the importance of moving with load from a young age ViPR

Function at a young age is often unquestioned. Kids run, play and laugh … right? We don't need to intervene to help promote healthy movement, they can do it on their own. Or maybe we drop them off at football or other organised sports a couple of days per week – that helps them develop skill and fitness. But is there more we can do? Can we show them how to move a load through space? Can we move with them? What happens then?

My boys have used ViPR through play for several years. They drag, roll, tilt and knock down the 6 and 10kg models, but now they have their own 2kg versions. From the moment they saw them, they absolutely loved them, now they can lift, shift and throw ViPR! They use the 2kg ViPR in their own play to create new patterns, all without realising the benefits their little bodies are receiving by moving with load.

The benefits of children moving with load throughout the day include:

  • training their bodies to overcome resistance1
  • developing motor strategies beyond what they ‘need’ for everyday play1
  • strengthening their joints in unique ways
  • co-ordination
  • improving bone density2.

These are just a few of the benefits of using load when working with children. Some of these are obvious, however; the not-so-obvious benefits are often more powerful – such as confidence! Can you imagine the confidence your kids get when moving a heavy load through space? There is nothing more exciting than hearing a child say, "Wow, I did it!" It's fun and it promotes good habits that they will carry forward from a young age.

You can enhance all of these benefits by training with your kids. Create your own ViPR patterns and put them to music or change the environment … a big field, the woods, a playground. Use your creativity to laugh, squat, tilt and shift your way to better fitness with your kids.

For information on the 2kg ViPR:

Children playing with ViPR

2 Specker, B, Thiex, NW, Sudhagoni (2015) Does Exercise Influence Pediatric Bone? A Systematic Review, Clin Orthop Relat Res, 473(11):3658-3672.

ViPR Global Ambassador, Amy’s Story: ViPR, My Kids and The New 2kg ViPR ViPR

If I had one wish, it would be to travel back in time and live inside the creative mind of a child. Can you imagine what this would be like? Can you imagine finding joy and excitement in a stick and/or a large puddle…How awesome would it be to visualize a sword and a huge river instead?

Child holding ViPR

I have been blessed with two sets of twins. My boys are six and my girls will be two in December. I have always had a passion for movement and have taught my kids from an early age of its benefits. They have watched me work with clients and train on my own their whole lives. Every day my kids and I move together in some way.

One of our usual routines is a four-mile adventure that takes us around the neighborhood. The boys ride their bikes and I pull the girls in the wagon. The other day we were on our ride and my son, William, said, "Mommy, don't step on the blue laser beams they will turn you into ice." (The town had marked colored lines on the road for utilities and he saw them as lasers.)

What if we could combine that creativity into a structured activity? What if there was a tool that would both challenge kids and help them successfully improve their function? I found that in ViPR™.

Child holding ViPR

ViPR can be dragged, rolled, kicked, carried, hopped over and tilted. There are endless variations that can be coupled with a fun story to create an adventure of movement. Use your environment and tweak the challenge.

Obstacle courses are a great way to integrate ViPR for kids! Break it up with other fun tools such as big wheels, hula hoops, balls or frisbees, and then add the creativity of a story. The biggest thing to remember is that perfect form is not the goal here. The goal is fun, laughter and fostering a love for movement. Kids get it! The new 2kg tool will allow kids to take full advantage of ViPR. It has the same great benefits as the full-size models … it can be thrown, rolled, lifted and shifted, but its smaller size will allow kids to carry it with ease. They will have greater success with the higher-level patterns including reaches, jumps and kid-friendly flows. It’s an exciting new tool that is the perfect size for our little ones.

There is nothing better than helping a child use their body and grow strong. Now go out and play! :)

Family running on the beach

My Kids Workout…

In the photo below, we set out five seashells along the beach and the boys chose a movement for each shell. At the end of the five shells there were three ViPR tools. We ran to the shell, did five reps of the movement and then on to the next one. Then you picked up the ViPR tool and ran back to the same shells and repeated the movement with load. Our goal was three rounds before the tide came in. It was great fun and it held the boys’ attention for about 15 minutes of structured play.

Child working out with ViPR

For more information on the new 2KG ViPR, please see:

ViPR in India ViPR
ViPR used outdoors

India, with its billion plus people, cultural diversity and economic boom, is at a very exciting stage of growth. From tech giants to fast-moving consumer goods, everyone has eyes on India. Its population is busy with all this buzz and is looking for that work-life balance at gyms, parks, trails, stadiums and even in their own homes, and ViPR is increasingly becoming the tool of choice for this rapidly evolving market.

Interestingly, ViPR was originally inspired by the way farmers move when they work. Their movements mimiced shoveling, scooping, sliding and digging, and is exactly what ViPR training involves, while using the entire body. Given that the fitness industry in India is catering to an audience that is growing bored of the old stereotyped weights and cardio options, ViPR offers a great new tool with its roots in the movements that humans have performed for centuries. And it’s very appealing for those who have limited time, because doing a full-body workout with ViPR is much more efficient than training one body part at a time with machines and weights. Gyms are buying ViPR tools to offer as part of circuit training, group classes and personal training. Its successful implementation is ensured by the research-backed, internationally accredited education that ViPR has created. There are around 80 certified ViPR trainers in India, and this number is growing.

With whole-body integration at its heart, ViPR training focuses on rhythm and flow rather than strict form. In between the hectic schedules and tiring commutes, users in India love this freedom while training. Moreover, everyone loves the all-in-one, do-it-yourself possibilities that ViPR provides. It is one tool that lets you work on strength, conditioning, endurance, balance, co-ordination and vitality, all at the same time. The extensive, ever-growing resources at empowers users to go online and learn from some of the best minds in the fitness industry – it is a DIY lover's dream. ViPR is here to stay!

Vipin Marwah

Vipin heads the ViPR business in India through Professional Fitness. He started his wellness career in 2001 as a health psychologist at a leading hospital. His valuable experience in a milieu of fitness, sales, psychology and management has led him to being a successful fitness leader, promoting cutting-edge education and training solutions with genuine passion. Along with ViPR, Vipin is an avid runner and loves to train with TRX and kettlebells.

(MSc. Psychology, PTA Global, ViPR, TRX certified trainer)

ViPR outdoors

High-performance cycle training ViPR

Traditional vs Loaded Movement Training

Tommy Yau

It has been a while since my last article, and 2016 in particular has been a great year for me with the opening of my high-performance gym, Muve, in the heart of Singapore. My training facility has a mix of tools to match traditional and progressive training systems, built to the design of unique individuals and specific goals, whether starting out or competitive. Muve is also the official training center for the Singapore Cycling Federation! So, I thought I would take this opportunity to present you with a program that is aimed at enhancing performance for cycling, with the main focus of the training being based specifically around:

  • where traditional training meets Loaded Movement Training
  • focusing on the movement before increasing any acute variables
  • driving all motion through gravity to ground reaction force
  • ensuring muscles are being stretched to shorten
  • driving all motion through the ankle and hip complex
  • having a great, fun workout!

ViPR cycle exercises 1

Cycling requires a great deal of power from the legs and glutes. Mixing traditional squat routines with some progressive ViPR lateral shift motions will help cyclists improve muscle activation from the sagittal plane to the frontal plane. This will be useful for cyclists when they are performing climbs and sprints.

ViPR cycle exercises 2

The main aim here is to take advantage of gravity and ground reaction force. The picture on the left shows a traditional squat, whilst the picture on the right shows an explosive ViPR lift, driving from the feet to the hips, in order to generate explosive power.

More power in strength training = more watts produced on the bike.

ViPR cycle exercises 3

Here, we are mixing a series of box jumps in order to create explosive power. The picture on the left shows a standard plyo box jump, whilst the picture on the right shows a more skilled demand, using ViPR to challenge feet, eye and hand co-ordination. This is useful for cyclists when they are riding in a pack and attempting to do a break-away, utilizing explosive power to the finish line.

Tommy Yau

Director, Muve Fitness

Singapore Cycling Federation Strength and Conditioning Coach
(ViPR, TRX, Hyperwear SandBell®, Watt Bike, Power Plate, Dynamax Ball, BOSU, Trigger Point SMRT CORE and Lebert Training Systems Master Trainer)

ViPR development updates ViPR
Jake Duhon

We are the global authority on Loaded Movement Training and it is a very exciting time for the ViPR™ community, as a whole, as we embrace a new period of growth and expansion. Currently, our focus has been placed on streamlining our social media strategies to include engaging and applicable content that can be used, not only for education, but for implementation within current training programs within a multitude of training environments. ViPR is all about movement, and we intend to allow any person who wants to enhance their movement ability to do so within the constructs of our foundations: Vitality, Performance and Reconditioning. Represented in 55 countries around the world, ViPR is a global brand and is the desired tool for Loaded Movement Training. With an academic focus, the ViPR community has been built upon the desire to unfold a greater understanding of the incredible effects of Loaded Movement Training on the human movement system. Anyone who has experienced ViPR can testify to its brilliance, but are we as a global ViPR community truly optimizing ViPR and representing it within training environments to its full capacity? We will begin to take a stronger and more focused approach in the delivery and continuing guidance of resources available to a growing global ViPR brand, through a social media strategy that portrays ViPR across various platforms. To do this, ViPR HQ has created various teams from highly-qualified professionals across the globe that utilize ViPR on a daily basis. Whether within their own practices or while coaching clients to achieve their health, fitness and performance goals, these individuals live and breathe ViPR. As a whole, these teams understand the foundational use of ViPR – scientific foundations found within its education – and represent the global ViPR brand as part of their daily training culture. I am excited to be a part of this phase of development within the global ViPR community and can assure you it will be worth your while staying adept to all things ViPR as we enhance our view, understanding the practical craft of Loaded Movement Training.

Jake Duhon
Global Education Development Manager

Getting your mojo going! ViPR

John Sinclair, ViPR global educator, programming officer for the Institute of Motion and founder of Authentic Health Coaching, gets to grips with momentum.

Momentum could be considered as a directional flow of kinetic energy. In order to stop that momentum, it takes another force to change that momentum and its direction. Momentum indeed has a direction associated with it. As Newton’s first law states, an object will tend to stay in motion unless another force acts upon that object to change its direction or stop it all together. That is considered the object’s inertia. Inertia could then be described as an object’s resistance to change. If we can move with momentum (an example is walking), we become more efficient as humans. It takes more energy to slow you down and change direction altogether. When we harness momentum and capture it to be used and let force transmit through us, we can create a more efficient and economical body. This efficiency is enhanced by the ‘neuro-osteo-myofascial’ structures in finely tuned working order, just by using forces to our advantage. It is up to us as coaches to know when to prescribe movements that will enhance momentum and to learn how to change the inertia of an object to create a different reactive response to the body.

We have been told in the past not to use momentum and to stop swinging the weights. I would argue that, in order to add more force in a safer way, we would use momentum and enhance the elastic potential energy that comes from swinging weights. Now, we have to know that the client or athlete can handle that momentum. Momentum is an additional force. Momentum = Mass x Velocity! The faster you swing it, the greater the momentum. The heavier the object, the greater the momentum. You can swing a really heavy weight slowly and it still has a great amount of momentum. It doesn’t have to be moving fast to have a great deal of momentum. Try to stop a moving train that is going at 5km/hr. The train’s mass makes it very tough to stop. For the average human anyway … 

Here are some drills that focus on momentum with dumbbells and ViPR:

If you would like to see some other cool videos of using momentum, check out the Institute of Motion’s colleagues and my personal friends Genesis Performance on their YouTube page. They truly understand how to capture momentum and how to create FLOW in movement. Flow is fundamental to efficient, effective motor development and can be used with everyone!