The Underground Strength Gym of Edison
had 7 wrestlers in the Finals of The GMC Wrestling Tournament
This was amazing to see.
To see this many wrestlers from a tiny gym make such an impact at this tough tourney.
Our small gym has become world renown and from day 1 I’ve always said the kids are # 1.
It feels good to see that our coaches and The Underground has played a role in the success of these kids.
In addition, these wrestlers have supportive parents which is the KEY to all of this success.
They also have great club and HS Coaches and the critical aspect is having work ethic and the guts to do the work week after week, month after month, year after year.
3 of these wrestlers took Gold and Jon Shleyfer of East Brunswick was awarded The OW (Outstanding Wrestler).
3 wrestlers in consolations and all 3 wrestlers placed 4th in some hard fought battles
It’s NOT so much the places or the medals these wrestlers won but the obstacles they have ALL had to overcome to get that far in such a tough tournament.
Some of these are personal obstacles and I will not share them, but I know that these were stressful events to say the least and ALL these boys chose to rise above and become men amongst boys.
It’s easy to let life and stress get the best of you. I am always impressed and proud when I see our athletes face obstacles and defeat them rather than letting the obstacles hold them down and defeat them.
Taking Gold at The GMC Wrestling Tournament were:
Kyle Brown of Old Bridge
Ray Jaz of South Plainfield
Jon Shleiffer of East Brunswick and OW
Jon won his 4th consecutive county title and pinned in the finals!
I am sure he has broken even more school records and if I haven’t announced yet, he is going to Princeton and holds a 4.2 GPA
Princeton as we all know has a GREAT track record in education but their wrestling program is on the rise and the entire staff of Coaches on the Wrestling Team AND the Strength & Conditioning Staff are World Class!
Jeff Plungis of South Plainfield. Last year Jeff was barely 100 lbs and on the JV team. This is a HUGE success for Jeff.
Ryan Fahy of Spotswood
Dan Hedden of South Plainfield
Max Pavlis of Spotswood
Mark Shleyfer of East Brunswick
Mike Klimkiewicz of South Brunswick
John Sheedy of Bishop Ahr
After seeing the success of our wrestlers and all the other athletes who train here, we are proving that we are the best at what we do for athletes. Period.
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This is an awesome video from Ray Lewis talking to a Basketball Team.
Ray’s dedication to training always inspired and impressed me. There are a good 90 something percent of our athletes at The Underground Strength Gym who need to start LIVING with this attitude, wanting more, demanding more and training for that next level.
This attitude will carry over to life, where you begin holding yourself to a higher standard in EVERYTHING you do – school work, the people you hang out with, the food you eat, the books you read and more.
You’ll remove the negativity and the bad influences from your life because you’ll be focused on GREATNESS.
The ball is in your hands right now. Do something about it or make excuses about it. The Choice is yours.
It’s NOT About Skill. It’s About EFFORT.
You KNOW if you’re doing your best.
Now it’s up to you to get out there and DO it!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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