Dwight Lowery: Week 3
As I continue to train Dwight, his improvements are so consistent I am no longer surprised by it, but rather expect them. The OptoJump able to validate Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) in a way never before seen. Still many of my athletes do not truly understand it until they feel the difference after the first session. Within this post I plan to share how revolutionary DNS really is. As well as share Dwight’s latest dramatic improvements.
How each session goes is that once Dwight walks in, he is tested. Based on his initial numbers, I then see how his body is performing that day and we go from there. Nothing is set in stone and constantly adjusting to what he needs most on a day to day basis. One session after a very exhausting leg day, we focused on his upper half (hips up). For two hours, we trained various DNS positions that were more challenging for the upper half of his body. That does not mean his legs were not involved, but they were not exerting a whole lot of energy. When we retested at the end of the session, I expected improvement, but how much improvement he made was surprising to say the least. (The test we conducted was the Drift Protocol which is 20 single leg jumps broken up into sets of 5.)
The biggest changes were his asymmetries in his height, power output, flight time, and surface area needed to complete the jumps. His height went from 7% asymmetrical to 0% (perfectly balanced), power went from 11% to 7%, flight time changed from 3.8% to 0.5%, and surface area needed dramatically changed from 267% to 30%. Not only did he become more symmetrical, he became more efficient (efficiency being measured by flight time divided by contact time). His left and right leg efficiency improved by 8.3% and 10% respectively. Again, these changes occurred within one session, without jumping, squatting, or even doing one leg exercise. DNS integrates the Central Nervous System and innate human movement patterns unlike anything else. That being said, these activities stressed his arms and core, but still activated and improved lower limb function.
His overall efficiency changes from week two to week 3 were even more dramatic. His average efficiency on his left leg improved by 20.2% and his right by 16.8% from just the prior week. An even more dramatic change has been in his ability to control his jumping, his surface area needed to jump has improved by 68.5%(L) and 45.7%(R) since week one (three weeks ago).
Lastly, another HUGE gain has been in his running efficiency. Within only three sessions focused on his running he has improved his efficiency by 68% (L) and 81%(R). It is mind blowing that Dwight was already an NFL athlete. I am very eager to see him on the field again and see what kind of player he has really become as we continue to unleash his potential. All we have done is make him a much better, and more capable athlete. His body is a tool for his brain to use on the field, and in such a competitive environment he needs to be able to utilize this tool to its maximum ability.