Meet Team DST: Jordan Ainsworth

  • By Dynamic Sports Training
  • 16 Nov, 2017

DST Performance Specialist, Off-Site Trainer

Jordan is our Off-Site Trainer at DST. He has a CPT certification through ACSM. Prior to working at DST, Jordan played basketball at the collegiate level and coached at the high school level. He received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology from Mississippi College. Since joining DST, Jordan has become an expert at prepubescent development and become proficient in training athletes of all ages and all levels. His knowledge and experience continually prepare our athletes for the next level.
How did you end up at DST?
I graduated college and I wanted to train athletes; I wanted to be at a facility or in a business that was on the cutting edge of training athletes. I sent my resume to a couple of places and DST is one of the first people to contact me back. They were just in time because if it had been a month later I would have been living in a swamp in a cabin hunting nutria rat. True story. 

Tell us about your sports background.
Basketball was a lot of fun. I got recruited to a few places and ended up going to a place called Belhaven University , and then I went to Mississippi College , was red-shirted, and then I got injured real bad during my redshirt year. I've had four knee surgeries so I never really got playing time. Despite all that it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed basketball. I played all sports, but basketball was the most fun so I stuck with it. It was a challenge, and that's part of the reason why I got into training - because we didn't have a weight room where I grew up, there were no such thing as basketball coaches, so I was literally practicing dribbling up and down the road to my Mamaw's house. When it would rain I would practice shooting and dribbling inside of a barn.

Who inspires you to do what you do?
My daddy. He specifically inspires me for my job because he's always done things his own way, and it's been very intriguing to see that. It's been cool seeing him and the jobs he had when I was growing up, he always did things with his own style or in his own way. He's a very very smart man and he never stops working. He'll come in after an 8-hour work day and his hobbies will be crazy things. For example, I asked him to help me with basketball, right? - But my daddy wasn't big into sports himself, so the way he helped me is he made me a 7-feet defender out of a ladder and two shovels for hands. So when I was 13-years old I was shooting over that, and when I played against someone in real life it wasn't that big of a deal. So it was really cool to see him constantly working, but not just working like nose to the grindstone, never look up and just have a mindless attitude about it; he worked harder than anyone I've ever seen, but he did things how he wanted to. And because he worked hard enough at it, he was really good at things he did. He enjoyed it along the way. I always wanted to have something like that. 

How's the transition been from training groups to one-on-one clients?
It's been interesting, very interesting. So basically the thought process is: the stronger relationship you have with someone, the more you want to do for that person. There's a limited amount of time every single day. So if I have 60 clients, I can only spend so much time thinking about each one's diet or programming or their specific needs or what's going on in school and trying to schedule things out with them. So having six clients has been challenging because of the lack of consistency - everyone's schedule is constantly changing. But, the more things are one-on-one, the more time you have to focus on each person and all of their needs.

So, your dog Marty is basically the DST mascot?
(chuckles) Yes. A former DST employee found her on the road one day not too far from this facility. He brought her home. We tried to find her owners but they never showed up. After about four or five days I pretty much decided she was going to be my dog. And we connected really fast because we both have different colored eyes; she thought I was a husky or something (chuckles). So ever since then she's been just as much help for me as I have been for her. A lot of times I run around really crazy but she's so chill she helps me calm down. It's easy to have a good day when you can hug up on your dog, and she's always happy to see me. 

So, you have different colored eyes?
Yeah, my left one is blue and my right one is blue on the top half and hazel on the bottom half. Most people who have different colored eyes have one and one, but one of mine is cut in half. And most of the time if it's cut in half it's an issue, but my eyes are great. Girls usually notice it more than guys. I can always tell when people notice it because they all make the same face and freak out for a second. 

You're also ambidextrous?
So I'm not legitimately ambidextrous, but I have an injury on my right side and didn't want to get another surgery so I decided I was going to learn to throw with my left hand. Slowly over time I taught myself, and I've slowly over time learned to do a lot of things with my left hand, like writing and eating. When my kids want to warm up before their session by throwing a ball with me, I never want to say, "no I can't because my shoulder hurts," so I found a way around that by throwing with my left hand.

Favorite movie?
Braveheart. My friends and I really like it and it was the first real action movie I watched growing up. 

If you could have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I would say sweet tea, obviously, those sister schubert rolls, sweet potato casserole, boiled peanuts, and fish. I'm big into seafood. All of those things together make kind of a weird combo, but those are all of my favorite things so I'd want all of them.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? (You're allowed to bring Marty.)
I would go to a deserted island. I LOVE to go camping and I love survival-type camping. Like a cast-away type thing without quite as many hardships, but like a legit deserted island with only me and the palm trees and coconuts and the fish in the water. A place that looks like Bora Bora.

Anything else?
I'm a very religious person and I love helping out with the youth. I train the youth but I love speaking at different church events and things like that as well. So, it's cool that with my job I can train a bunch of high school guys, building relationships with them, and then it can bleed into taking them to church on Sundays or having a place for them to go to. It's cool being able to blend the two worlds: me wanting to chaperone or speak at youth events and me wanting to train them too. I really like how it's naturally blended. I don't hang at the church to get more clients and don't use training to bash kids with Bible verses; I'm just living my life at both places and it's naturally integrated. I like working for a faith-based company allowing me to pursue that. 

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By Dynamic Sports Training 12 Dec, 2017

The Lateral Med Ball T-Position Throw is the second exercise in our T-Position progression with our athletes. The concept is the same: to coordinate the body to be more explosive in rotation, load it. However, the amount of rotation is over a longer arc than the linear position, resulting in higher speeds and more force that must be absorbed.


THE SET UP

  1. The athlete will set their feet wider than shoulder width and perpendicular to the wall with knees bent.

  2. The elbow should be up and in line with the ball on the driving arm.

  3. Fingers turned up toward the sky.

  4. The ball should be at or just under chin height (shot put).


THE MOVEMENT

  1. The athlete will rock back (limited rotation) to the side of the drive arm.

  2. Spending as little time as possible at the end of the load, the athlete should rotate to throw the ball violently against a wall (think start throwing the ball before the load is able to stop).

  3. Let your body follow through in rotation. If you catch the ball off the wall, back up and let it bounce to you.


Pro Tip

Make sure that the athlete's head stays with the back hip. Often times, athletes want to lead with their head which results in poor rotational mechanics. That isn’t to say that there is no forward movement. As the hips move into the front leg, the head just rides the back hip. Focus on firming up the front leg for maximal power output.

By Josh Graber 08 Dec, 2017
We're so excited to bring back our Ping Pong 4 Charity Tournament in 2018. Last year, we were able to raise thousands of dollars to help our community.

This year, we have our sights set on a   much bigger impact! Our cause this year hits home for many of us in the Houston area. When Harvey hit Houston this past August, our city was turned upside down. We don't have to tell you how much damage was done or how rebuilding efforts are far from over. 

Some of the most meaningful stories of community in the wake of Harvey were from those who came from out of state to help -- not because they had friends or family here, but because they wanted to help their fellow man. We want to return the favor.Our neighbors in surrounding cities, states, and countries have been through pain and heartache this year as well. That's why we're partnering with some of our athletes from these surrounding areas and communities to help as many people as possible with this event.

We'd love to have you join in and help us put the FUN in fundraising with the 2018 Ping Pong 4 Charity event presented by Premier Baseball of Texas. Registration is now open !

If you can't join us on January 27th, support our cause by purchasing a Houston Strong tee - all proceeds from the shirt will also go toward hurricane relief efforts.
By Dynamic Sports Training 07 Dec, 2017
Integrity
There are a couple different definitions of integrity we'll be looking into this month: 

(1) The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles

(2) The state of being whole and undivided. 

Instilling integrity into athletes is a daily demonstration. Three main areas to focus on are: Fair play, good sporting behavior and character. Character development is not just an instruction, it is a consistent mind set.

Josh Graber will be writing more about Integrity later this month. Keep an eye out for it on our blog on Friday, December 15th!

Supplements
Supplementation is to be used when an athlete is unable to get sufficient nutrients from their daily meals, or in some cases, add more calories when they cannot be consumed. Essentially, supplements serve to bridge the gap in one's diet. Supplements are used to pick up the slack if anything is lacking in the diet or to “shortcut” meal prepping and just taking nutrients directly. In addition, supplementation could help improve meal timing (i.e. meals before and after workouts).

Sammy Knox will be writing more about Supplements later this month. Keep an eye out for it on our blog on Friday, December 22nd!

Periodization
Stated simply, Periodization is looking at the big picture and the end goal, and then breaking it down into actionable, day to day steps to reach that goal. When we create our programs for our athletes, we like to start from the end and work our way to the beginning. Every exercise and movement we program is designed to help our athletes reach their goals. 

Kevin Poppe will be writing more about Periodization later this month. Keep an eye out for it on our blog on Friday, December 29th!
By Dynamic Sports Training 07 Dec, 2017
Ryan Henry is a Business Operations Associate at DST. He received a bachelor of arts degree in multidisciplinary studies with focuses in business, communications, and math, graduating in December of 2016 from the University of Texas in San Antonio. He was president of the club baseball team for three years where he managed, coached, and played. He was named pitcher of the month in May of 2012 where he led his conference in strikeouts and ERA. He joined the DST team in 2017.

"Ryan is kind of the jack of all trades for us. He works really hard, and he makes sure that day-to-day operations run smoothly for the rest of our staff while also managing all of our accounts [at DST North]." - Kevin Poppe , Director of DST North
By Dynamic Sports Training 05 Dec, 2017
The Linear Med Ball T-Position Throw has been a staple in all of DST's rotational programs for years now. The concept is simple: to coordinate the body to be more explosive in rotation - load it. This “load” is light enough to be at a high-velocity profile while heavy enough to create adaptations in the body and in rotational mechanics. Enough with the boring stuff! The video is pretty detailed but here are the main points:

The Set Up

  1. The athlete will set their feet wider than shoulder width, facing the wall with knees bent.
  2. The elbow should be up and in line with the ball on the driving arm.
  3. Fingers turned up toward the sky.
  4. The ball should be at or just under chin height (shot put).

The Movement

  1. The athlete will rotate back to the side of the drive arm.
  2. Spending as little time as possible at the end of the load, the athlete should rotate to throw the ball violently against a wall (think start throwing the ball before the load is able to stop).
  3. Let your body follow through in rotation. If you catch the ball off the wall, back up and let it bounce to you.

The #1 Rule

As with all of the medicine ball work we do, I tell everyone that the number one rule of med ball work is to throw the heck out of it. No “off” reps. You want to be explosive? Move as explosively as possible on these types of exercises.
By Dynamic Sports Training 01 Dec, 2017

Plyometrics involve repetitive power jumping with quick force production. When muscles lengthen, then immediately shorten, they provide maximal power for an athlete. Plyometrics are an ideal style of training for athletes looking to improve speed and power with varied intensities. When you immediately follow an eccentric contraction with concentric, or “muscle-shortening” contraction, your muscle produces a greater force. This is called the “stretch-shortening cycle.”

So that all sounds like something a basketball player would benefit from, right? They need to be powerful and explosive when skying for a rebound, contesting a jump shot or even shooting from 3-point range. This is all true. ´╗┐However,  ´╗┐basketball players get the plyometric training they need while playing their sport, so extra plyometric training in the weight room isn't necessary. More does not equal better in this instance.

A major disadvantage of plyometric training with basketball players (or other jumping athletes) is that there is a high risk of injury. These athletes are already jumping enough in their sport, so why should we jump even more during training? One of the biggest issues with basketball players is the overuse injury with the taller athlete who’s already injury-prone due to force production with increased leverage between the joints (simply stated, they have longer legs).

"Examining recent high draft picks reveals that taller players have gone on to miss a larger percentage of games than their shorter peers. The percentage of games missed generally increases as height increases. Players 7’0” or taller have missed nearly 24 percent of their games." ( FiveThirtyEight )
By Dynamic Sports Training 28 Nov, 2017
In our last video of our Snatch Series we are talking all about the Catch. So we have pulled from the floor and avoided our floating bar and we have made nice contact at our hips; now we must catch the bar correctly!

Common problems people have with the Snatch rarely have to do with the technique.  Many people have overhead mobility and stability issues.  First and foremost, if you do not have the required amount of overhead flexion and your shoulder (anterior & posterior) and scap stability is lacking, you should not be performing a snatch. First, I recommend working on gaining the required mobility, add stability on top of it, and then we can talk.  

Now back to the people who are free of overhead mobility and stability issues: One common mistake is flipping the bar at the top of the catch.  This is incorrect as your wrist should already be under the bar at this point.  The catch should involve a push or a punch, not a flip. Side note: you technically never stop pulling on the bar. When we make the mistake of flipping the bar, it causes a lot of forward/backward movement. This causes us to lose the bar behind us or we may end up trying to run under the bar and lose it forward.  

A few coaching cues I like to use are
  1. up 
  2. under
  3. punch
The cues are simple, the execution may take a little more work. I would start with pulling a pvc pipe or empty bar and begin working on your turnover.  Now you have the fourth and final key to fixing your snatch! Watch the video below and get to work!
By Dynamic Sports Training 21 Nov, 2017
Bang!!!

Yes, that is my favorite…drink.  Not something I encourage during your snatch.  I am sure by now you are probably thinking, “what the heck is this guy talking about?” I am talking about when your hips meet the bar in your snatch .  Bar-body contact is a huge topic in the weightlifting world. For today, we are going to keep it simple.  

There is a fine line between what we call the Brush crowd and the Bang crowd.  Let me define these for you real quick. The Brush crowd believes the bar should brush the hips on the way through extension and encourages the bar to stay tight to the body. The Bang crowd believes in more violent hip extension and encourages it. My take? I like both! I believe it’s an in between, like most things in athletic performance.

So you might be wondering, “why is Garrett covering banging the bar as our third mistake in our Snatch Series?” Because most people take it to an extreme! Most people overcompensate by banging the bar so hard it gets out from their body and they aren't able to recover; they end up trying to run under the bar to no avail.  We want the bar to remain as close to the thighs as possible without being in contact, and the shoulders to remain at least very slightly in front of the bar until the bar is up into the hips in the snatch .  Think of the bar as being pushed back into the hips as the hips finish the snap.  The key is not driving the hips through the bar (banging) so far that vertical force is lost and the bar gets pushed away from the body.

Make sense?

Okay, so how do you fix this? Easy - practice variations.  Two variations to work on are the snatch pull from the floor and the high snatch working into the catch as shown in the video. Now get to work!!

By Dynamic Sports Training 20 Nov, 2017

Everything athletes do - from training, to sleeping, to what they are putting in their body - are all small, important pieces to a much bigger puzzle. One vital piece is nutrition and with this month's Trigger Focus being Nutrient Density, I figured I'd address an important question: "Are all calories created equally?" The simple answer is, of course, no. To explain why, I did a comparison case study on what 3,000 calories looks like: healthy, nutrient-dense foods vs. a beloved fast food chain that starts with a 'W' and ends with 'hataburger.' 


Don’t talk to me about recovery when you're living out of a fast food window .”  


I can still hear my collegiate strength coach telling me this as though it was yesterday. He was right, my nutrition habits were trash; I was so used to eating whatever I wanted because I was young, so I thought my body could handle it.  I can probably count on one hand how many of us even knew the term ‘nutrient density’ let alone what it meant. So today we are going to EQUIP you with this knowledge.  


Simply stated, nutrient density means how many nutrients you get from a food, given the number of calories it contains. A.K.A getting the “biggest bang for your buck”. Why is nutrient density so helpful? Because it gives you concentrated amounts of valuable nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, essential fatty acids, and phytonutrients , to name a few. Adequate consumption of foods high in vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals is essential for a healthy immune system and for empowering your body’s detoxification and cellular repair mechanisms. This helps protect you from cancer and other diseases. Nutrient-dense foods also provide necessary micronutrients - which are highly overlooked - that are important co-factors in reactions that produce growth, repair tissues, and increase oxygen transport. Being deficient in this will negatively affect performance and could keep you from reaching your athletic potential.


Now let me show you the difference. 3,000 calories at Whataburger looks something like this:

By Dynamic Sports Training 16 Nov, 2017
Jordan is our Off-Site Trainer at DST. He has a CPT certification through ACSM. Prior to working at DST, Jordan played basketball at the collegiate level and coached at the high school level. He received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology from Mississippi College. Since joining DST, Jordan has become an expert at prepubescent development and become proficient in training athletes of all ages and all levels. His knowledge and experience continually prepare our athletes for the next level.
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