LOTS of New success stories at The Underground Strength Gym in both Edison & Manasquan.
- Ralph Normandia gets pre season ranking of 12th in the Nation!
- Matt Butler receives his black belt in BJJ from Pablo Papovitch / Bill Scott BJJ Academy
- Joseph Ghione bumps up 3 weight class for Super 32, places 8th to garner All American status and signs with Lock Haven for Wrestling
- Mike Skibniewski signs with Penn State for Swimming!
Skibs showing the difference in size, strength & power amongst his competition before winning a national title.
Very proud of ALL. Keep rising to the top in ALL you do. This is NOT just about sports, this is about life, training for life and training for sport is the same thing.
The tougher you are, the more confident you are, it all falls back to knowing you are doing the right work, the smart work, and of course, outworking all the “normal” people who achieve normal things in life.
Live The Code 365,
– Zach –
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Rosa, back when he was an 88 lb freshman at The Underground!
We’ve got some BIG news happening at The Underground of Edison and Manasquan.
Mike Skibs, a swimmer from Monroe will be signing his commitment letter to Penn State to keep attacking in his pursuit of excellence both in academics and swiming.
Ralph Normandia of Franklin was just ranked 12th in the country in his weight class and is excited as he has made an early verbal commitment to Rutgers.
Tyler Hayes has transformed himself mentally AND physically after completing the 28 Day JRob Intensive Wrestling Camp and adding 20 lbs to his frame!
Many of our Seniors are making their decisions on college and preparing for their final high school sports season!
St. Joes Baseball Team of Metuchen has begun training with us in Edison 3 x week and they are off to an AWESOME start! Great energy, Great work ethic and Great kids overall! We are pumped to help this crew of ball players increase their success in sports AND life!
At The Super 32, known as one of the toughest pre season wrestling tournaments in the country, 3 Underground Strength Gym wrestlers achieved All American status.
- John Shleyfer 2nd place
- Ralph Normandia 5th place
- Joey Ghione 8th place
Joey went up THREE weight classes and overcame a serious shoulder dislocation injury from last March and has rebuilt his body AND mind, solidifying himself as one of the nation’s TOP wrestlers when everyone else advised him to keep cutting weight.
VERY proud of ALL our wrestlers who made the trip and commitment to compete in North Carolina at Super 32!
MORE Great news to come!
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These guys REALLY fired me up. There is something AMAZING about kids who “get it”.
They do the HARD work without anyone else motivating them, they motivate themselves from within. This is a VERY rare quality as I’ve worked with hundreds and hundreds of athletes, teams and coaches through the years.
Check out the motivation and intensity of the crew at The Edison Underground Strength Gym.
All athletes from The Underground Strength Gym MUST pay close attention to these 9 awesome tips from Cary Kolat, a 2 x National Champ from Lock Haven and a former Olympic Wrestler.
There are a few former Underground Strength Gym athletes wrestling at UNC where Cary is the associate head coach.
Watch the video, take notes and Book Mark this page, I recommend watching it every day for at least 21 days in a row.
Please share this video with your friends and anyone you know that can benefit from this video.
Live The Code,
–Team Underground Strength –
Last night I was at Shore Thing Wrestling Club.
The room was packed and as always, before I train guys, I give those who don’t want to do the work an out. I have NO desire to work with lazy athletes who are too arrogant or too lazy to train.
So, I tell them, if they have to get home because they are far away OR they don’t want to do the work, to leave. Nobody needs arrogant athletes or dead weight. It kills the energy of the room.
Yes, some have to get home and live far away, but I tell them that a short, 15 minutes of extra work is about to go down and the choice is theirs.
With no shame, many leave. They walk away.
The arrogant athletes are already too good. At least in their own head they’re too good.
They don’t need to be stronger or better. They’re already strong enough.
Imagine that? No need to improve? VERY Interesting. I could only imagine as I doubt I’ll ever be good enough at anything. There is always room to improve.
To kick off our training, I had one of our athletes demo most of the bodyweight exercises and as the group went through the training, our Underground trained Wrestler realized something very important……
There are 2 things all successful athletes need to have:
1) They need to be HUMBLE. This doesn’t mean to avoid showing their confidence, this means to keep an open mind and NEVER think you are too good to learn from a Coach. A humble athlete is coachable. Those who are too good or too busy to learn don’t stay at the top for long.
2) They need to be ready to HUSTLE. Hard work is ONE thing, even better than that is SMART work. This is how we dial in the training at The Underground Strength Gym. It’s EASY to make an athlete tired or exhausted or fatigued. Anyone can do that. It takes NO skill. A Great Coach understands how to give the athlete optimal training, where the training improves sports performance and does NOT take away from it.
Should we really be seeing young athletes in middle school and even high school with “Little Leaguers Elbow” or getting Tommy John surgery? NO.
The problem is those kids play too much sports and haven’t built their tendons, muscles and ligaments appropriately.
Again. SMART training is the ticket.
Watch this Video to hear what athletes have to say about being humble, training smart and working to hard to become a champion.
See you at The Underground Strength Gym!
- Zach & Team Underground -
Here is the e mail Chris Lee sent me after finishing his final week of training before heading to Pa to play College Baseball:
From The Meathead,
P.S. – In both pics I’m at 178 lbs. left side im at 32 % body fat in 2011. Right side I’m at 12% body fat
Chris has been by far one of THE MOST dedicated, hard working athletes we’ve ever worked with. Even during the In Season, when the majority of athetes STOP training, Chris trained 2 x week! He would show up even if he had 20 minutes to train.
He was breaking school records for JP Stevens Baseball and his dedication, hard work and mental toughness have payed off BIG time as he is now off to play College Baseball!
Here are some videos of Chris in training. You might look at them and say to yourself, “WOW! I could never do that!” This is the WRONG attitude.
As you can see, Chris did NOT start here as a strong athlete, he worked his ass off and BUILT himself into an outstanding athlete. He followed our nutrition guidelines and went above and beyond.
That is HOW champions are built!
If you are ready to become a Champion you need to be committed, humble and coachable.
Starting with a negative attitude or excuses will never help.
Step up and GO for it! You CAN become a Champion if you have the commitment of Chris “The Meathead” Lee!
Live The Code
- Team Underground -
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Think about the key points Dave has hit upon for Team Underground to achieve success:
- Visualize yourself winning and dominating your competition every day
- Confidence comes from doing the right things. If you’re nervous or second guessing yourself, it’s likely you are cutting corners and NOT training hard enough
- Make the right decisions. Do you need to spend ALL day hanging out with your friends, or, can you spend half a day at a tournament, getting in 4 matches, beating up on some guys, trying new moves and getting comfortable with competing
- Don’t worry about wins and losses in the off season, just get out there and compete.
I hope you guys come back and watch Dave’s videos on a regular basis, take notes and most of all, take ACTION!
–Z & Team Underground –
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Dave Zabriskie is a former NJ State Champ and A D1 National Champ from Iowa State. Now, a member of the LVAC (Lehigh Valley Athletic Club) Dave is prepping for the 2016 Olympics.
After a tough training session Dave was kind enough to chat with our athletes in Manasquan about what it takes to become a champion.
The ONE thing I missed on this video is when Dave mentions that he NEVER won 1 match his freshman year in high school minus the forfeit.
He went on to become 3 time all state and his senior year, a state champ.
This is HOW he achieved his success and how ALL our athletes can and should start thinking AND living to become champions themselves
Committed To Your Success,
What Are The BIG 3 Mistakes Parents Make When Choosing A Strength Coach For Their Child?
Lehigh Wrestlers Training In 100 Degree Plus Temps, Mid Summer With A 140 Mile Round Trip! THAT Is Commitment!
Through the many years of working with athletes and seeing the explosion of “strength coaches” around the country I have noticed some common themes that seem to confuse parents and ultimately hurt their child’s success.
This has happened at all levels of sports, from youth, to high school to the collegiate level.
Before you commit to signing your child up for training with a Coach, or perhaps there is a Coach at the high school your child goes to, you want to find out what this Coach’s track record for success is.
Many Coaches get hired in schools or in facilities because they were competitive athletes them self. So you may end up seeing a former college football player getting hired to train a high school football team. The mistake is assuming that a high level athlete is also a high level coach and nothing could be further from the truth.
Many high level athletes did NOT have to work hard, did NOT have to commit to the details, did NOT have to build themselves up from a weak foundation…..
They were already naturally talented, making it easy for them to succeed in their chosen sports with less commitment than the athlete who didn’t have natural talent, strength and speed.
Ask the Coach this question and then ask yourself the next question:
1) Does your Coach have a long term, proven track record for creating success working with athletes?
2) Are you choosing a Coach based on them being closer to home, conveniently located in school and / or cheaper priced?
Not all, but many high school strength & conditioning coaches fill the position because a favor is being handed to them OR they work in the school district and it’s cheaper to pay them a little extra to open the doors to the weight room and place every single athlete on a cookie cutter program, never addressing individual weak areas, injuries, building a solid foundation or remotely knowing anything about safety and technique.
There is a reason a Coach is cheap, just like there is a reason cars, clothing and certain restaurants are cheap.
Excellence is rarely conveniently found around the corner and cheaper.
Excellence takes work and your child deserves excellence.
A powerful strength & conditioning program will address your child’s level of overall fitness & physical preparedness, the program will address weak areas, imbalances, injuries and most of all, the program will address your child’s level of mental / emotional readiness.
As a parent myself, I don’t look for the cheapest and what is 5 minutes away, I look for the best for my kids.
Committed to your success,
- Zach & Team Underground Strength -
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