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By Dynamic Sports Training 10 Aug, 2016
Right after we released our new Team DST Comfort Tee , we had a lot of athletes ask us what our next design was going to be and had a lot of suggestions get sent our way!

That gave us the idea to let YOU -- our athletes -- design our next shirt (or hoodie, or hat, or sweatband -- whatever you want!)

So, for all you competitors, creatives, and wannabe fashion designers, we're going to have ourselves a little contest. (Yes, there will be some nice prizes!)

DST Design Contest Rules

1) Create the very best possible design for some new DST gear.

2) Submit your design to by August 31st

3) The DST Team will review all entries and choose  4 Finalists

4) The  4 Finalists will be posted on social media and put to a vote.

5) The contest  winner  will be announced on Friday, September 9th. The winner will receive 2 free items of their designed merchandise, a  $100  gift card, and one additional secret prize (trust us, it'll be awesome!)

What if I'm not very creative?

Don't worry about it! We want everyone to participate. That means we'll take something even if you made it in paint! If your concept is good enough, we'll have our designers work with you to get it the way you want it if you're voted a finalist.

What are the guidelines for my design?

None, really. You can hand-draw it, use an editing software, whatever you want to do! If you need someplace to start, we'd recommend a couple of free design softwares: Canva or PicMonkey

Any recommendations?

Just make sure you use our logo (below) -- but feel free to use it however you'd like!

Other Questions?

 Send Josh Graber an e-mail at with the subject line: DST Design Contest

By Dynamic Sports Training 07 May, 2016
Nine years ago, Barret Loux was a standout for Houston's Stratford High School. Today, he is a starting pitcher for the Sugar Land Skeeters . Constellation Field, where the Skeeters call home, is just 13 miles from his old stomping mound at Stratford. Barret's road from Stratford to Sugar Land, however, was a lot longer.

After high school, Loux was drafted by the Detroit Tigers , but instead opted to play for the Aggies at Texas A&M .  His junior year at A&M, Barret went 11-2 and collected All-Big 12 and All-American honors by various publications. That year, he was selected five spots behind Bryce Harper as the sixth overall pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2010 MLB Draft .

Unfortunately, a failed physical kept Arizona from signing Loux and he was picked up instead by the Texas Rangers as a free agent. He spent two seasons in the Rangers organization before being traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2012. In 2013,  Barret was dealt two setbacks - both a shoulder injury and Tommy John surgery -  which caused him to miss the entire 2014 season. Barret was plagued by yet another elbow injury after just 3 starts during the Iowa Cubs ' 2015 campaign last year.

After that injury, Barret was forced to face the possibility of hanging it up. "I was open to a life without baseball," Barret said.  "But I still had things I wanted to do and if I could get my body right, that's what I wanted to do - to get back on the field."

That's when Barret's pitching coach intervened. At the recommendation of Dave Evans , one of the game's best pitching gurus, Loux reached out to Dynamic Sports Training and was introduced to DST trainers Lee Fiocchi, Jeff McCollum and Kevin Poppe.

The team got to work starting with Barret's assessment. Every athlete who trains with DST goes through an assessment process -  an evaluation of their body - so the training staff can see how they move, what their deficiencies are, and what needs to change for them to be the best athlete they can. "Barret's assessment was probably the worst we've ever seen," Poppe said, referring to Barret's range of motion, joint mobility, and overall ability to move well.

"I was skeptical at first," Loux told us. "I had a lot of issues with range of motion in the past [and] I'd done a lot of things with trainers before...I just wasn't sure if we could get everything ready." He eventually pushed the skepticism away and decided to go all-in with DST's program and Evans' continued coaching. "I just assumed everything I'd ever done before was wrong.  I decided to trust the [training] staff and follow the program to a T."

Once Barret bought in, the real work started. "He would show up over two hours early because he knew he had a lot to work on," Poppe said. Barret told us in the past he had tried several stretching programs, but nothing had helped him. "The re-education work they gave me (from the assessment) helped me in a way I didn't even know was possible. I saw massive improvements in just a couple of weeks."

The re-education program was designed to help get Barret's body right and get him in a position where he could pitch again pain-free. "He could always pitch, but he wasn't healthy...there was pain he was working through," Poppe said.

Over time, with improved health and strength, Barret was able to start pitching with Evans again. "I'm really proud of Barret," Evans told us. "He put in a lot of hard work this off-season [and now] his velocity is back where it was in college," he added.

After a grueling off-season filled with sacrifice and hard work, Loux's career regained its pulse when the Skeeters called.

"A lot of people want to play with the Skeeters, so it's tough to even get in the door," Loux said of the call. After a couple of workouts, he was invited to spring training. "It was a great experience," he said. "Getting to go to spring training and throw live BPs was awesome." Loux made the team and is now part of Sugar Land's starting rotation. On May 3rd, Barret tied the franchise record for strikeouts in a game (11) in just 5.0 IP.

Loux's recent success doesn't mean he's done working, though. "I'm still focused on improving and getting to where I want to be both physically and as a pitcher," he said.

Today, Loux is a starting pitcher for the Sugar Land Skeeters. Down the road? Who knows. "I've never been a long-term goals guy," Loux told us. "I always concentrate on my next start, the next guy I face."

We won't argue with that kind of focus and dedication. "He is where he is today because of his dedication," says Kevin Poppe. "We were very happy to help Barret, but we didn’t put in the real work. He did. No one deserves any credit other than Barret Loux."

By Dynamic Sports Training 08 Apr, 2016
This week was Opening week in baseball, both Major and Minor League. We have several DST Athletes - old and new - sprinkled throughout the different levels of professional baseball. At DST, we strive to make our athletes feel as if they are a part of a family with connections that go deeper than just training together. We want our professional athletes to be excited about our high school and youth athletes doing well, just as we want our youth, high school and college athletes supporting those at higher levels.

In doing this, we can truly develop an environment of encouragement both in our facilities and nation-wide through online and social media channels. Below is a list of current professional baseball players who trained with Dynamic Sports Training during the 2015-2016 off-season and where they are playing. We encourage you all to follow them on social media and watch them when you can during the season. If one of our guys has a great game or gains some recognition, post on your social media about it using the hashtags #DSTstrong and #DSTfamily. Let’s make this a place where all our athletes encourage each other throughout their careers.

Evan Gattis, DH (MLB): Houston Astros- @BulldogBeing

This year was a first for Evan spending his off-season with a training staff and we couldn’t be more ecstatic he allowed us to be a part of it. Gattis came in and crushed it from the very start. A lot of people ask us how much he can lift, but this off-season wasn’t about how much weight he could push, it was about getting fundamentally sound with his body. Evan is a great student and was adamant about learning how his body functioned. After being set back by a sports hernia, Evan will start the season in Corpus Christi with the Hooks. He was able to have an active Spring Training taking live AB’s in AA and AAA games. We're looking forward to watching him dominate here in our home town.

Scott Kazmir, LHP (MLB): Los Angeles Dodgers- @scottkazmir19

Scott signed a 3-year contract with the Dodgers this off-season where he will be the Dodgers No. 2 starter behind 3-time Cy Young winner, Clayton Kershaw. He had a great off-season that included 6:00 a.m. workouts every single day. He focused on improving his body composition while gaining core stability and lower body strength. His focus and attitude this off-season are sure to lead to accolades on the field.

Jay Bruce, OF (MLB): Cincinnati Reds

This was Jay's 2nd off-season with us and he made great strides, yet again. He his a consistent hard worker whose humility and dedication speak volumes in the weight room. He has been a great role model for many of our younger athletes and other pros who are trying to achieve the same level of success he has had in his time in The Show. He is the every day right fielder for the Cincinnati Reds and he can flat-out crush the ball .

Trevor Bauer, RHP (MLB): Cleveland Indians- @BauerOutage

Trevor has been a DST mainstay since the beginning of his professional career. Trevor had a great off-season and spring training where he improved in several areas of his game. Trevor is a fantastic student of the game and he's always pushing himself and our team to perform at the highest level possible. He is a starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians.

Carl Crawford, OF (MLB): Los Angeles Dodgers

Carl has been training with DST off and on since we opened our doors in 2008. Spending much of his prior two off-seasons in Arizona, we were happy to welcome Carl back this year. He's a blast to be around and brings a ton of energy to our workouts. Though he's one of the best raw athletes you'll ever see, he's still a very hard worker and is constantly looking to improve every facet of his game. Carl and fellow DST Athlete Scott Kazmir will lead the Los Angeles Dodgers' quest to return to the postseason.

Ryan Lollis, OF (AAA): Sacramento River Cats (San Francisco Giants) - @Loll1pop2324

With Ryan Lollis in the equation, you can guarantee a great off-season group. He's one of those guys who naturally leads others and provides energy in the weight room and keeps others lockedin. Lollis is looking to build off last season where he worked his way up to the MLB, making multiple appearances in the San Francisco Giants starting lineup. Ryan is a grinder and a guy that loves to work so we see great things for him in the future. He starts his journey back to the 40-man roster this year in Sacramento with the River Cats.

Austin Pruitt, RHP (AAA): Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays)- @aus13tin

Austin has been with us since his days at the University of Houston. He is a consistently hard worker who has really amped up his off-season work over the past two years. He has progressed quickly through the system, moving up a level each year. He will begin this year in Triple-A with the Durham Bulls in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He is a starting pitcher and earned Performer of the Month honors from us in February.

Alex Bregman, SS (AA): Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston Astros)- @A_BREG1

Houston Astros fans know the name - and for good reason. Alex spent his first off-season out of LSU training with us down in Houston. He comes out of this year’s off-season training with a non-roster big league camp invite and boy did he make the most of it. This spring, he has turned heads with his abilities at the plate as well in the field. Bregman will continue his campaign for the show in Double-A Corpus Christi with manager Rodney Linares.

John Simms, RHP (AA): Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals)- @schlimms13

Through the adversity John has faced, he has always bounced back proving the nay-sayers wrong; and we wouldn’t expect anything different. John is a guy that understands what the grind consists of and takes every chance he has to better himself to reach his ultimate goal. After coming off last year’s off-season that involved hip surgery, John had something to prove. He earned himself a spot in the Arizona Fall league this year dominating every outing he was given, going 4-0 with a 1.88 ERA. John followed up his fall with an off-season for the books down here in Houston and gained more confidence in his overall abilities. He is returning to Harrisburg with the Senators.

Jared Lakind, LHP (AA): Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates)- @J_Lakind

Jared is in his second year with DST. Last year, he had a great season over two levels between rookie ball and Low-A with a combined 1.69 ERA. He focused on gaining velocity this off-season and it showed in Spring Training where his average fastball velocity was up 2-3 mph. His solid spring earned him a bullpen role for the Double-A Altoona Curve of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

Louis Head, RHP (AA): Akron Ducks (Cleveland Indians)

Louis is a tremendously hard worker who joined DST late this off-season. He is a guy who is focused and hell-bent on improving in multiple areas. This off-season, his focus was on improving mechanical flaws in his delivery while gaining velocity on his fastball. It showed in spring training as his average spring training velocity in 2015 was 91-93mph with a spike to 94-97mph this spring. He is looking forward to a break-out year and will start in Double-A Akron in the Cleveland Indians organization.

Avain Rachal, IF (A+): Daytona Tortuguas (Cincinnati Reds)- @AvainRachal

Avain was a different animal coming into this year’s off-season and was one that really stood out. Being known for his power, Avain looked to add another tool to his game by honing in on his speed this off-season. He really excelled in his starts early in the training and took that success into his maximum velocity. He definitely turned some heads when his times were called out; we look for Avain to be a threat on the base path this year and to stretch out a few more doubles. After having a solid campaign in Dayton last year, he will start in Daytona Beach with the Tortugas.

Casey Grayson, 1B (A+): Palm Beach Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals)- @CDGrayson43

Casey has also been with us since his UofH days. The former Coog is coming off back-to-back team MVP seasons on the Cardinals’ farm. This off-season, he emphasized improving his body composition and gaining power. He had a solid spring which earned him a job on the High-A Palm Beach Cardinals of the St. Louis Cardinals Organization.

Ashford Fulmer, OF (A): Augusta Greenjackets (San Francisco Giants)- @Lord_Fulmer

The former University of Houston Cougar Outfielder, Ashford Fulmer, is coming off his first off-season with Dynamic Sports Training. Ash really hit the ground running with his training making strength and speed improvements. He kept that momentum rolling into spring training earning himself a spot in Low A with the Augusta Greenjackets.

Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B (A): West Virginia Power (Pittsburgh Pirates)- @KeBryanHayes

‘Key’ had his first DST experience this off-season. The young kid is strong and can flat-out hit. The 2015 1st Round pick will begin his 2016 campaign in Low-A West Virginia in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

Stone Garrett, OF (Miami Marlins)- @stonegarrett22

Stone is coming off a break-out year with the Miami Marlins’ Batavia Muckdogs in the Penn League, and racking up a few awards along the way (Baseball America Short-Season All-Star, NYP Player of the Month in August, Mid-Season All-Star, and Miami Marlins Minor League Player of the Year).  Late in the season, he suffered a left wrist contusion that ended up requiring surgery coming into his off-season training after being hit by a pitch. Through Spring Training, he has progressed well with his rehab and has gotten to see the field recently. He will be kept in extended to obtain more at bats and looks to be up in Greensboro with the Grasshoppers around the start of May.

Eric Thomas, OF (Pittsburgh Pirates)- @Hi_im_Eric

E.T. is in his second year with us here at DST. He is coming off a big off-season where he made a lot of improvements on his mobility and overall strength. We look for Eric to have a solid year with the Pittsburgh Pirates Organization. Eric will be in extended spring training to start the season.

Tyler Ford, LHP (Detroit Tigers)

Tyler is an incredibly hard worker with a ton of energy. Tyler joins Casey Grayson, Ashford Fulmer, and Austin Pruitt as former Coogs that continue to train with DST into their professional careers. Tyler will begin the season in extended Spring Training. He is a relief pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization.

Nolan Riggs, RHP (San Francisco Giants)- @NolanRiggs

Nolan is a big kid with a big work ethic. The 6-foot, 9-inch starting pitcher had a great 2015 in Short Season A-ball with the San Francisco Giants organization. His emphasis over the off-season was to gain overall strength and mass, move better on the mound and improve his velocity. He accomplished everything he set out to this off-season and will begin 2016 in extended spring.

Kyle Dowdy, RHP (Detroit Tigers)

Kyle Dowdy will begin his first professional season with the Detroit Tigers organization. The U of H Alum got off-site programming with DST during the 2015-2016 offseason. He will begin the season in extended spring.

Barret Loux, RHP (Independent): Sugarland Skeeters

Barret is coming off his first off-season with DST. The former 6th overall pick, his career path took a detour after a couple of different arm injuries that required surgery.  Barret came in with an emphasis on finally getting his body right after those surgeries. The focus was on regaining range of motion through the scapula and the shoulder while gaining more stability through his rotator cuff. At the same time, Barret had to completely re-tool his mechanics that led to his arm problems in the first place. Well, that is exactly what he did. He is throwing healthier than ever, and his velocity is back to the low 90’s. He will be in spring training with the Sugarland Skeeters of the Atlantic League as he hopes to make the jump back to affiliated ball.

Josh Martinez, RHP/IF (Independent): Florence Freedom

Josh is a first-year DST Athlete and a first-year pro. The former HBU Husky caught the eye of the Florence Freedom coaching staff while playing in the Arizona Winter League this off-season. He will begin his professional career this spring. Josh is a dedicated athlete with a great desire to improve each day. His passion for the game is hard to match.

#DSTstrong #DSTfamily
By Dynamic Sports Training 21 Mar, 2016
Many new faces make appearances on this week's Performer of the Week post. We're excited to continue to welcome new athletes to the DST family and to equip, encourage, and empower each and every athlete who walks through our doors. Hats off to each one of these guys for their persistence and dedication.

Boom Herron - NFL Running Back

"Professional athletes are typically endowed with a great deal of God-given talent and Boom is no different. Where Boom breaks the mold is his dedication to push his boundaries. He moved from his native state to Houston and he has embraced a training process that has challenged him both physically and mentally. In the last 2.5 weeks he has already made marked improvement in his maximum velocity posture. This improvement has increased his explosiveness and we are excited to continue to encourage him in this process!"
Lee Fiocchi

Kyle Sennef - High School POTW  

"Kyle has been very focused and highly consistent since he started training with us. He showed his consistency and dedication by showing up every day over his spring break and putting in hours of hard work while many of his peers took the week off."
- Kevin Poppe   

  Stephen Sepulveda - Youth POTW

"[Stephen] is always ready to work and not easily distracted. These are high compliments for a young athlete. After only training with us for one month, he hit his first home run. However, he did not stop there, he went on to hit 5 total home runs in a recent weekend tournament. 
-   Jordan Ainsworth   
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