Loaded Movement Training with ViPR

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Your body moves in 3-dimensions, so why not train that way? The ViPR was designed to be a dynamic tool for conditioning the body using a training style known as Loaded Movement Training. This type of training uses whole-body integrated exercises to perform movement-based resistance training.

Why do we want to train this way? The creator of the ViPR, Michol Dalcourt, describes it best as he shares the need for such a device and why he made it:

“Traditional training tools did not allow for multi-directional training, proper timing or the rhythm of the body, nor did they provide enough integration of movement with load for transfer into life’s activities or for life’s demands. I grew up on a farm and learned that, to be truly effective at getting my chores done, I had to integrate my body as a system. The concept of Loaded Movement Training and ViPR are the result of the lessons learned from watching how strong, stable and balanced farm kids are because of the full-body tasks they perform, moving with mass in different ways.”

Why is it called ViPR and does he know it is spelled wrong? Yes.  ViPR is an acronym for Vitality, Performance and Reconditioning.

What’s it made out of? The ViPR comes in 8 different weights from 4KG – 28 KG (or about 9 – 62lbs) made of rubber.  This makes ViPR even MORE dynamic in relation to movement and training location. You can bounce, drop, flip, and throw the ViPR inside or outside.

What are the benefits of training with the ViPR?

  • There are over 9,000 exercises that have been developed using the ViPR. It makes it hard to reach a training plateau with so many options to choose from.
  • The dynamic exercises using ViPR will increase your overall strength and cardiovascular capacity as you lift, shift, carry, or flip the ViPR while walking, squatting, lunging, bending or shuffling.
  • Loaded Movement Training – or exercise that requires you to move through space while loaded with weight – requires a certain level of body timing. Training in this way will increase your overall coordination and balance.

With over 9,000 exercises in the ViPR library so far, it’s hard to choose the best for each person depending on their level of conditioning. Whether you are looking to focus your programming on Vitality, Performance, Re-Conditioning, or all of the above, here are some videos of the ViPR in action:

ViPR for Vitality

ViPR for Performance

ViPR for Re-Conditioning





Dalcourt, Michol and ViPR LLC. ViPR PT TRAINING MANUAL. Fitness Professionals Ltd., 2014.

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About Elisabeth Fouts

Elisabeth is the Education & Content Manager for Power Systems. She has served the fitness industry for over 15 years has a wide variety of experience from personal training and group fitness instruction to health club membership sales and fitness management. She joined Team Power Systems as Education Coordinator in 2015 and has since produced and co-authored educational content for live and virtual training sessions both internally for staff training and externally for industry educational organizations across the United States. Elisabeth holds a B.S. in Education & Exercise Science and is a certified fitness instructor with ACE and Les Mills.