“I wish they’d been available when I first started training”

February 18, 2022 by VAHVA Fitness

Kat from New York shares her experience with Movement 20XX Method and how the program helped her: “I would have taken better care of my body with this paradigm rather than the weight training one”

Kat initially started with bodybuilding but eventually started experiencing the problems almost every at some point gets: problems with the joints, stiffness and lack of transferable athletic ability.

To combat the problems with the bodybuilding paradigm, she decided to try to a new paradigm with us and she was happy that she did.

Kat wanted a more integrated and transferable approach that incorporated more than just having big muscles: the ability to move freely and pain-free while taking good care of her body.

The solution? Movement 20XX Method. 

Here is Kat in her own words:

Hi, I'm Kat from New York. And I signed up for Vahva's three programs; Movement, Athlete and Warrior right at the beginning, because I've been doing bodybuilding for several years and spotted deficits in my training that I really wanted to address.

So, for instance, I stumbled across a YouTube video of Eero doing the animal movements. And I thought how fun and skillful they looked, and they integrated the entire body. Whereas I was doing mainly compound movements. So, my training was mostly squats, deadlifts, pull ups, and bench. And although that gave me a great deal of situational strength, I didn't find it particularly transferable.

So, for example, like my nieces and nephews would come to town, and they want to play, and they play like maniacs, they're on all levels; they're crawling, they're climbing, jumping, and I don't know, I just I struggled to move the way that they did, I didn't really have the muscular endurance to tolerate them, hurling their bodies at me and all the things that they wanted to do.

And I really noticed that I didn't have a great deal of flexibility to even move the way that I wanted to. So, I wanted to correct that. And I wanted to be healthy. And with the weight training, I was getting some conflicting feedback from my body about what I was doing to be healthy. So, for instance, I developed crepiness, in my chest and my back and my knees.

So, it's like this popping noise, and it was just constant. And I went to PT for it, and I was like, hey, you know, what is this and they weren't sure how to fix it. And I was just, I was worried that I was sort of causing my joints to deteriorate by how I was training, but I didn't really know of another kind of training to do.

So, when I switched into these, these programs, Movement was of particular interest to me, I noticed that a lot of these problems that I was having, were starting to go away. So, I developed more flexibility, because I was forced to move my body in ways that I hadn't ever tried before.

I was developing a more balanced strength, because rather than doing my gym sheet of sets and reps and tempos and stuff like that, of all these compound movements and isolation exercises, I was getting a more balanced workout. So rather than beefing up the leg extensions, and then neglecting the hamstring curls, now, I was doing the more integrated approach.

So, I really think that that helped me. For anyone who's on the fence about the programs, I would say, sign up! Like, it's one of those things that I wish they were available when I first started training, because I think I would have taken better care of my body as a result of using this paradigm, rather than the weight training one, that I had used.

I looked up a lot of the bodybuilders that I used to just really look up to, to see how they are holding up after all these years, and so many of them have had shoulder, knee, hip replacements, and that's not really something I want for myself, like, I want to feel good, and I want to take care of my body.

So, that's important to me. And another thing that I found was that I got to witness a good deal of Eero and Samuli transformation over time. So, if you see a picture of them now, you're like, oh, wow, these guys are really jacked. And maybe they hit genetic lottery. And I think when you when you view it that way, then success sort of seems like it's a little bit outside of the scope of what some of us can do.

My experience is that, that their success came from disciplined, concerted effort, and a good strategy.

So, for anybody that's on the fence, I would say, Yeah, sign up!

- Kat, New York

Next, let's talk about you.

Are you experiencing pain and stiffness in your body that take the joy and fun out of your workouts and life in general?

Do you have big goals for yourself: wanting to move better, become athletic, get strong, build muscle, lose fat?

Do you value staying fit and healthy at a later age, being able to live life 100% and play with your children?

We have tools to help you achieve all of these things and a lot more.

For example, Movement 20XX Method is not only for learning movement. You will also learn strength exercises, stretching, active flexibility, mobility work, animal movements and how to express yourself in a flow.

It's a holistic method that covers both body strengthening and learning how to move. This is because in order to reach your full potential, you need both.

Not many people realize this but training can actually be an incredibly fun and joyous experience. You can learn how to move the body in ways you never imagined and find something about yourself you didn't know was there.

Movement 20XX is our most popular program to date and as a result it has been proven to work incredibly well. You can learn more about the method at Movement20XX.com

Stay strong.


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Samuli Jyrkinen

Samuli is the ninja behind the scenes (photography, videography, websites, program platforms and more). He has been training religiously for over a decade and has a firm grasp of physical and mental fitness. You will find our story here.

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