Volt's Top 5 Favorite Uses for Movement Replacements

One of our favorite Volt features is—hands down—the Movement Replacement function. This tool was created based on feedback from our Volt Family, who wanted more flexibility in their training programs. We love the simplicity of the Movement Replacement: it lets you swap out any movement for another. When you go to replace a movement, we’ll even provide you with 6 recommended options, hand-picked by Volt’s team of CSCS strength coaches.

There are myriad different ways to utilize Movement Replacements to optimize your Volt program to meet your needs. Here are our 5 favorite uses (so far!):

1. Equipment 

No lat pulldown machine? No problem! Every weight room is uniquely equipped, and there may be some prescribed exercises in your Volt program that use equipment your weight room doesn’t have. Simply use Movement Replacements to take care of any substitutions you need to make—whether you need pull-ups to replace lat pulldowns, or RDLs to replace glute-ham developer raises! Just be sure to mark “Forever” when you hit replace, so Volt makes your movement sub every time the same exercise appears in your year-long program.

2. Preference

Don’t want to do hang high pulls? Want to see deadlifts appear more frequently in your program? With Movement Replacements, you can edit your program to your unique preferences! We recommend keeping your swaps within the same category (i.e., not choosing a deadlift to replace a medicine ball core exercise) as sticking to the same movement category ensures that your program is balanced in terms of movement patterns, so as not to alter your program’s effectiveness or put athletes at risk for overuse injuries.

3. Injury

How does Volt accommodate for an athlete returning to play after an injury? Use Movement Replacements to adjust the program accordingly! Volt always advocates working closely with the team doctor or athletic training staff to create the best return-to-play plan for recently injured athletes, and the Movement Replacement tool allows for more options when it comes to getting an athlete back up to speed. This way, athletes can continue their training with minimal interruption to their program.

4. Movement Regressions

Each athlete is unique, and some athletes may need more help developing certain movement patterns than others. The Movement Replacement function can give athletes who need technique work more time to develop proper movement patterns. Athletes struggling to learn proper technique in the hang clean can use Movement Replacements to insert regressions in into their program. Simply mark “This Workout” or “Entire Block” when inserting movement regressions, so athletes can work up to a more difficult movement the following week or block (or whenever they are ready).

5. Sport Specificity

Every sport has its own specific metabolic and biomechanical needs, which is why Volt builds programs that cater specifically to the needs of each sport. But in the event that you only have access to the All-Around Athlete program, the Movement Replacement tool can help you make adjustments to tailor the program to different sports.

Have any other creative uses for the Movement Replacement function that we’ve missed? Let our team know at feedback@voltathletics.com!

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Christye Estes, CSCS, is one of the regular contributors to the Volt blog. She is an NSCA-certified strength coach and the Head of Training Experience at Volt.
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