The Champion NEVER Accepts These 2 Excuses…..
On the same token, the Supportive Parents NEVER make these 2 excuses for their child, either:
1) I’m too busy
2) It’s too hard
Summer time comes around and everyone is too busy.
A time where you are no longer in school and sports camps are in full swing.
For an athlete, there is No such thing as “too busy” when you want to become a champion. You find the time for things that are important, if they are not important, you find a excuse.
For the parent, you decide if your child deserves expert coaching or you’re accepting of “normal” coaching in the weight room.
Normal actions = Normal results.
Normal is the same as average.
I KNOW that Champions NEVER wake up in the morning and pump their first in the air and shout, “YES! TODAY I’M GONNA BE AVERAGE!!!”
You’re either IN, or you’re in the way.
Choose your path carefully.
Live The Code 365
This Football training article was originally published on my ZachEven-Esh.com Blog but I wanted to keep this on our gym blog as well after years of seeing Football players getting threatened by their Coaches.
I’ve been stepping up and voicing my opinion on the overbearing, ego-maniac parents and coaches out there who are hurting their kids with shitty training programs and overall shitty decisions pertaining to training and ultimately, life.
Why do I stand up and voice my opinion like this?
Because young athletes are near and dear to my heart and I’ve experienced the pain of regret thanks to poor, ineffective training methods.
These kids can never win back these lost opportunities. It’s a pain that will haunt them for a lifetime. If anyone knows about the pain of regret it’s definitely me.
The positive thing is that we CAN help these young athletes and we can also help the Coaches who are stuck in the dark ages.
We CAN give them the opportunity to experience greater success.
Are ALL Coaches bad? Heck NO.
But any Coach who threatens a kid with “If I don’t see your face every day in the weight room you won’t be playing this year” is full of himself.
There is no need for young athletes to get pushed around by ego driven Coaches. Coaches also have a responsibility to live the pursuit of excellence. They can learn today more than ever before thanks to the power of the internet. Young athletes will always be the
Here Are Some Thoughts On Football Summer Workouts and How to Avoid These Mistakes That Hold Back the True Potential of High School Athletes.
These Football Strength & Conditioning Mistakes Apply To ALL Training Methods / Sports / Goals, Even Non Competitive Sport Athletes Should Pay Attention To These Training Tips:
1) Get enough sleep if you want to maximize fat loss, improve lean muscle gains and improve strength gains. Lack of sleep kills your performance. Training at 6 AM is great in the respect that you get the job done, BUT, if you are going to train at 6 AM then it’s lights out by 10 PM.
2) Younger athletes need to eat breakfast AND get in a post workout meal to maximize their training results. They need to regularly feed the machine plenty of quality proteins, healthy fats and moderate carbs. At the D1 level, most teams have protein shakes ready to go with an option to mix their protein with milk or water. When I talk to high school kids they don’t eat after training so they now have to wait until lunch time.
What happens here is they now skip breakfast AND skip the post workout meal which puts their body in a catabolic state, when you need to be in an anabolic state to maximize muscle, strength and performance gains.
3) You can’t spend 6 days a week in the gym for 2 hrs a pop & expect to maximize results. Instead of training, you will be texting and checking your hair in the mirror every 3 minutes and wasting time to drag these long training sessions from start to finish.
As Arthur Jones said decades ago, You can train hard or you can train long but you can’t do both.
4) In a nut shell, you must train smart AND hard. The incoming freshman need to be on a separate program compared to the experienced lifters on the team.
5) There is NO need for high school athletes to perform 1 Rep Maxes. We can measure their strength by simply tracking their progress and seeing improved technique, acquiring more reps, showing less fatigue from each workout, increasing weight on movements, etc.
A young athlete who is untrained does not have the mental readiness or the physical coordination to max out on back squats, bench presses and power cleans.
At the end of the day, anyone assuming the “Coach” position must live and breathe the pursuit of excellence. Give these young athletes everything you’ve got and nothing less. Never stop learning and become a die hard student of ALL facets of the game.
If strength & conditioning is not your forte, team up with an expert and bring him in to help you. Serving your ego serves no one else and as a Coach, it’s ALL about serving others. As you serve others the best knowledge, you ultimately rack up more wins.
It’s a simple equation. These kids deserve the best. Nothing less will suffice.
Live The Code
Some athletes only train in the off season….
Some only train 3 months before the season starts… “I gotta get ready”….
Some parents think their kids are “too busy” to train so they take a break…. Check how often they are on their cell phones all week, it likely adds up to more than 3 hours , which could be spent bettering themselves…..
Some athletes only want to train after they lose or get shocked by injury due to being too weak to compete successfully…
Then there are those who train year round, NO excuses.
Who do you think rises to the top?
These kids do……
Survival Of The Fittest?
Passion, Commitment & Intensity for LIFE
At The Underground we do NOT train part time, or for this event, or for that event…..
We train to be ready ALL year long.
Commitment, Passion and Intensity for LIFE
Till the next time,
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More Details On Push Ups For Charity…
ANOTHER Reason WHY We Are Hosting Push Ups For Charity!!
Details On Push Ups For Charity at The Manasquan Underground Strength Gym
When: Saturday, May 17th
Time Of Events:
Check In, Final Donations & Registration: 8:30 – 8:45 AM
Opening Ceremony: 8: 50 AM
Push Up Challenge: 9 AM
Underground Strength Group Workout: 9: 15 – 10 AM
Announce Winners Of Raffle & Prizes: 10 AM
Prizes To Be Raffled & Awarded at Manasquan:
- 30 Days FREE Training at The Manasquan Underground Strength Gym (3 Memberships – $295 Value)
- 1 Year Online Membership to UndergroundStrengthCoach.com (5 Memberships – $195 value)
Prizes Awarded to ALL, Even If You Can’t Attend:
- Donate $60 & Receive The Downloadable Underground Strength Manuals & Audios (Info HERE – $127 Value)
- Donate $120 & Receive 1 Year Online Membership to UndergroundStrengthCoach.com ($195 value)
- Donate $250 & Receive Lifetime Online Membership to UndergroundStrengthCoach.com ($997 Value)
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Jon Schleiffer, NJ State Champ and 4 X All State Wrestler, flips the 600 lb tire at the END of his workout, which was his “Extra Day’, aka The Champion Workout.
Training at The Underground Strength Gym takes commitment, discipline, intensity and the desire to train above and beyond what everyone else calls “crazy”.
Most parents want their kids training somewhere close to home, convenient and cheaper than every other place. They shop on price, not results or the track record of success from the Coach.
Many kids are fine with training at the high school weight room because it is “good enough.”
A RARE BREED find their way to The Underground and “get it”.
These videos explain what it takes to train at The Underground Strength Gym of Edison and Manasquan.
You do NOT need to be strong to start training here.
You need the UNDYING COMMITMENT to becoming the best YOU can be and MORE.
Serious Athletes & Supportive Parents should thoroughly read our ENTIRE web site before signing up for a FREE trial workout.
You must be referred here through an existing member or have a referral from your Coach. Not all trial workouts result in membership.
Some parents have been duped…. tricked… athletes have been duped… tricked.
The fads, the gimmicks, the “buzz words” – sports specific training, plyometrics, power training and bla bla bla
Wanna know what sports specific training is?
It IS the practice of THE sport. Period.
Does a middle school or elementary school athlete need “speed training”?
You’ve been duped. Kids need to build overall athleticism – this means building a foundation of STRENGTH and MOVEMENT.
I feel bad for the kids whose parents are busy searching the internet for the holy grail, getting tricked into the fads and gimmicks.
Someone selling you fads and gimmicks is GREAT at tricking you. GREAT at results, inspiring, educating, motivating and building the mind and body? Nope. They have tricks for you.
Here’s the TRUTH.
If you’re a parent, be smarter…. be more responsible…. there are NO tricks to your child’s success.
Our track record at The Underground Strength Gym PROVES IT.
I don’t need to trick you. The TRUTH lies in our LONG list of RESULTS.
Why I feel the Edison & Manasquan Underground Strength Gym Athletes are a RARE BREED.
I explain in this video after being VERY inspired by the athletes this week in Edison and Manasquan Underground Strength Gym.
This will offend the excuse makers, that’s for sure.
Be a Rare Breed!
Brett Donner of Wall, trains at The Manasquan Underground Strength Gym, is awarded The Star Ledger Wrestler of the Year
BIG congrats to Brett Donner from Wall township who has been awarded with The Star Ledger Wrestler of the Year Award.
Brett trains at The Manasquan Underground Strength Gym and as I’ve mentioned before, he is often the first one at the gym and 99% of the time is the LAST one to leave, always staying after to do extra work on his own, without anyone telling him to do so.
Brett Donner attacking his training at The Manasquan Underground Strength Gym.
I’ve seen Brett ride his bike to the gym. Actually, it’s not even his bike, it’s a pink beach bike but he didn’t use this or anything else as an excuse. He shows up and attacks his training like a champion.
Brett placed 3rd in the state this season, beating Edison Undergrounder, Jordan Pagano for the Bronze. The state champion was from Edison Underground Strength Gym, Jon Shleiffer, who wrestles at East Brunswick and will now move on to Princeton to wrestle.
Full Story on Brett in The Star Ledger is HERE.
If you have the work ethic and desire to become a champion, click HERE for details on our Underground Strength Gym membership for Edison or Manasquan.
Stories from The Underground…..
Brett Donner places 3rd in state from Wall
Jon Shleiffer wins Gold & becomes 4 time All State for East Brunswick. Heading to Princeton U with a 4.2 GPA
Ray Jaz qualifies for states, has well over 100 career wins, beats many all state wrestlers and 2 x state champ, heading to NYU
Kyle Wojo places 7th in state, stays after training to do extra workouts
Joey Ghione trained in the morning, the evening AND the weekends, heading to Lock Haven
Be a champion.
Think like a champion.
Train like a champion.
LIVE like a Champion!
To Become A Member of The Underground, You Must Read the Entire Web Site.
LIFT STRONG WINTER CHALLENGE FUNDRAISER
ALL Proceeds Go To Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation
Manasquan Football Coach, Billy Bertscha
When: Saturday, March 15th
Where: Underground Strength Gym
202 East Main St / Manasquan, NJ (Behind Sotheby’s)
Parking: CVS or Acme
Registration: 9:30 – 9:45 AM
Start: 10 AM
- High School Under 175 lbs / Over 175 lbs
- Open (High School Graduates & Beyond)
Donations: $20 at the Door (Higher Donations Accepted)
** Gift Raffles / Prizes Will Be Offered **
The Story Behind LIFT STRONG
The Underground Strength Gym came to life when I was mentored over 10 years ago by a world renown fitness coach who decided to help me out. Unknown to me, he was battling Stage IV Leukemia. He never said a word about it. We chatted, day after day, exchanging e mails, chatting on AOL Instant Messenger (who remembers that!!??) and sometimes by phone. He never asked for anything return, except that I “pay it forward” one day.
When I found out that my friend was battling stage IV cancer I broke down and cried. I cry just typing this. I’ve learned that my position of influence in this world is not something to be taken lightly, neither is my health or the health of those I love.
For the past 6 years, soon to be 7, I’ve held a fundraiser every summer called LIFT STRONG where 100 % of the proceeds go to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation. This our first winter challenge for LIFT STRONG and the first time the proceeds will be split for someone in this town who needs our support.
I also feel it’s important for people to take the time to reflect on their own health and how important it is. This is an opportunity for you to take a part of your day to do something special for others and to test yourself.
This is YOUR opportunity to Pay It Forward!
- Registration will be at the door.
- Please arrive on time. If you are under 18 you must bring a parent / guardian to sign your liability form.
- Donations will be split 50 / 50 between Leukemia Lymphoma and Medical Expenses for Manasquan Assistant Football Coach, Billy Bertscha, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma this past summer.
- Please bring cash or write checks out to cash. $20 Minimum Donation.
Thank you in advance for help. All spectators and competitors are welcome and donations will be accepted by ALL!
See you March 15th in Manasquan!
Live The Code,