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NJ Strength Coach Releases NEW Book! Encyclopedia of Underground Strength

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The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength & Conditioning

Available At Amazon HERE

Dragon Door HERE



Zach with Quattro Deuce (Navy SEAL) & SPARTAN Race Founder, Joe DeSena

Zach & His New Book, The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength & Conditioning with Quattro Deuce (Navy SEAL) & SPARTAN Race Founder, Joe DeSena



The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength & Conditioning

Available At Amazon HERE

Dragon Door HERE

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Manasquan & Edison Strength & Conditioning Inspiration

How bad do you want to be successful as an athlete?

Parents, do you REALLY want your child to be successful?

Watch this video and don’t look back regretting what you coulda / shoulda done!

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The Champion NEVER Accepts These 2 Excuses

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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!!!”

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You’re either IN, or you’re in the way.

Choose your path carefully.

Live The Code 365


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5 Summer Training Tips for Football Players & 2 Mistakes to Avoid


This Football training article was originally published on my 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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It’s a simple equation. These kids deserve the best. Nothing less will suffice.

Live The Code



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Intensity, Passion & Commitment for Life


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……

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Survival Of The Fittest?

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Passion, Commitment & Intensity for LIFE

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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,

Live The Code 365


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Not All Applicants Are Accepted.

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What Does It Take To Train at The Underground Strength Gym?

Jon Schleiffer flipping the 600 lb tire at the END of his workout, which was his "Extra Day', aka Champion Workout

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.

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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.

Serious Inquiries Only, Please.

Thank You.


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Edison & Manasquan Underground Strength Gym Athletes = RARE BREED


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.

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Be a Rare Breed!

Live The Code



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The Champion Mindset – Stories From The Underground

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

Champion Mindset……

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Be a champion.

Think like a champion.

Train like a champion.

LIVE like a Champion!

Live The Code 365


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Underground Strength Wrestlers Prove STRONG at GMC Wrestling Tournament


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.

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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!

Silver Medals:

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

Taking 4th:

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.

If you’re a parent seeking the best for your child, sign up for your child’s Intro Assessment – Click HERE

We live for helping kids achieve MORE Success.


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The Best Way To Safely Cut Weight for Wrestling

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