I get into the recliner and if the house is quiet I just might be able to watch a movie…..
The other night I watched the movie Creed. I pushed back the recliner and kicked up my feet. Although I don’t think Creed came close to what Rocky III & IV did in terms of motivation, I DID get inspired watching Adonis Creed training.
As my feet were kicked up and I laid back watching Creed in training, I realized the BIG difference.
When I DID watch Rocky III & IV I was a young kid, capable of putting my body through the hellish training to prepare for combative sports.
But this time, I realized my time has passed.
And sure, I can go and find something to compete in but it will NEVER be the same.
The time is NOW. Maybe you can do this in your 30s, but do you have the dedication of a Tom Hruby, driving from Indiana 1.5 hours to Northwestern at 4:30 in the morning while also being a father of 4?
I doubt it.
The truth is most people don’t wanna drive more than 15 minutes let alone 90 minutes.
For the athletes of The Manasquan and Edison Underground Strength Gym:
– What regrets will you have at age 40 when you sit back in that recliner?
The excuses I hear now…… They are horrific at best.
And, when parents want to see their child “Dominate the competition” yet you only show up once or twice a week, then every other week you’re MIA, well, you will have a LONG list of regrets when you kick back in that recliner at age 40.
I promise you that.
You Can Have Results Or You Can Have Excuses But You Can’t Have Both!
With E Guy & Olympian, Steve Mocco at American Top Team in Florida!
This weekend is already the district tournament for wrestlers.
It is the weekend when the TRUTH comes out regarding every wrestler’s preparation or lack of preparation. For some, it is the beginning of their journey and goals towards Atlantic City where the state championship is held.
For others, it is the end.
Small Minds and Small Goals lose out.
Coaches who say things like, “We just want to win 1 match here” or other feeble goals never make it.
As I always say, “Kids don’t know what they don’t know.”
What does this mean?
– It means that if an athlete has a coach who doesn’t care & parents who don’t support him in training then he thinks THAT is “normal”.
– On the contrary, if a kid has a Coach who cares and is always encouraging, organizing off season training and has parents who take him to sport clubs and strength clubs, then that kid thinks THAT is “normal”.
The one who accepts average and “good enough” or the one who seeks out Excellence and nothing less?
In the pic above you see my son and I with Olympian and 1 of the most decorated NJ Wrestlers of all time, Steve Mocco. Steve was a Blair Academy wrestler under Coach Buxton which is how we originally connected. Steve was a 4X D1 Finalist and 2X Champion.
That pic was in Florida while my daughter had Tennis Camp for the week, we were lucky enough to train with Steve as our hotel was 300 feet away from American Top Team. I met with Steve one morning and did some consulting with Steve on his training.
I also took The American Top Team Fighters through our signature Underground Strength Gym Power Warm Up which was an awesome experience. There were about 50 fighters and they got after it.
The wrestlers training with Steve were mostly 30-60 minutes away each way. The locals within a few miles were NOT there. He said there are high schools literally minutes away not showing up. I guess being an Olympian to help the local team is an inconvenience?
I have heard the saying that you can not be a King in your own backyard. Hence why Edison and Manasquan locations have 2 or 3 kids from each town and 95% of our athletes are from surrounding towns.
The only answer to this is what is called “Mysteries of the Mind”.
When a team or individual athletes have a losing record, then they NEED to get stronger, tougher, faster and more skilled. These traits will NOT improve by avoiding the WORK.
With the state tournament 3 weeks away, “the hay is in the barn.”
This means that you can’t try to cram in the work NOW to make up for the Lack of work before. You either did the work or you didn’t.
I am excited to make my annual trip to Atlantic City to watch the state wrestling tournament. To get there takes serious WORK. Not just 1 season of work but often times it is years & years of work that all come together.
Success is NO accident.
Another factor to be addressed is that of challenging yourself.
Strength is the product of Struggle.
I respect Coaches who organize a tough competitive schedule. This way, the athletes know the truth of where they stand. When you’re beating opposing athletes / teams that you know or sub par, is it REALLY a win? NO.
The truth is the truth.
The Struggle is how and when tough, successful athletes are built.
Kris Lindemann of Howell EARNS His 100th Career Victory
I can see a Mile away who is dialing in their nutrition and who is NOT.
The key to maximizing your training is to eat a strong, healthy style of eating.
Eat when hungry and eat plenty of healthy foods.
Teen athletes can easily follow the 80/20 rule of eating where here and there some junk food is perfectly fine and will NOT ruin them.
But, constant eating of crap, fake foods, sugars, processed foods and also LACK of food will Crush your ability to get Bigger, Stronger, Faster and Tougher.
If being Strong didn’t matter and Size didn’t matter then women would be in The NFL and MMA, Boxing, Wrestling, Youth Football, etc would NOT have weight classes.
Go back and Follow the Nutrition Guidelines in Your Welcome Packet (ALL New Members Get a Welcome Packet with Guidelines to Maximize Success).
It’s Simple and EASY to follow. But, Parents, We need your support to put Strong foods in the house. Your child will not go food shopping and stock the fridge with fruits, veggies, steak, eggs, organic whole milk, etc. A Successful athlete has a GREAT support system from his / her family.
The other day I went to Shop Rite with my family and we bought cooked dinner:
– Chicken Thighs
We had fruit at home and it was a simple, strong dinner.
Don’t complicate things!
That protein shake will NOT save your child and turn him into an Animal. STOP being duped into all the Bull Shit. There are NO short cuts.
It takes time, Just like training does. Results are the equivalent of how you train, how you eat and your lifestyle.
You can’t eat strong SOME of the time and expect outstanding results.
Here’s the common categories I see of the struggling athlete:
The FAT athlete
– He is eating junk food and processed foods around the clock.
– Mom and Dad stock the cabinets with all types of chips and processed foods.
– Dinner is almost always a high carb pasta type meal.
– He has a low protein, high carb / sugar and high saturated fat intake.
– He often skips breakfast OR if he does eat breakfast, it is cereal or donuts. He claims “I have no time” to eat breakfast.
– He has difficulty making ANY progress: can’t build muscle, can’t get lean / burn fat, feels weak and looks weak.
– He seems to be spinning his wheels in training and progress is very, very slow.
– All training exhausts him, be it sports practice or strength and conditioning. He has NO energy to put
in the appropriate amount of work to achieve anything more than average at best results.
The Skinny / Undersized Athlete
– He doesn’t eat enough and Mom / Dad complain “He just doesn’t have a big appetite”.
– He also skips breakfast or if he does eat breakfast it’s 1 bowl of cereal.
– He has difficulty gaining muscle and getting stronger.
– He lacks consistency and dedication in eating more as well as eating better. You advise him to change his eating and there is always an excuse.
– He lacks energy due to insufficient nutrients and his joints always hurt because he can’t tolerate
had training due to lack of recovery due to lack of proper nutrition.
If I look at our athletes who eat enough AND eat properly we see a physique that is forged in something
similar to a Gladiator.
Muscles are Thick.
Motivation and Energy is High.
Success is high in sports AND academics because the brain LOVES high quality nutrients.
Some photos Below of our Athletes who Eat AND Train the Way We Advise:
Ray Jaz attacking his training at The Manasquan Underground Strength Gym. Ray began training with us at the end of the 7th grade and weighed 92 lbs. Today he weighs 175 lbs.
Skibs showing the difference in size, strength & power amongst his competition before winning a national title.
Scotty Winston Training at The Underground Strength Gym
If you’re an athlete who wants results….
If you’re a parent who wants to see your child achieve academic and athletic success…
It takes dedication on ALL fronts: Lifestyle, Nutrition, Training.
Half dedicated efforts will result in average at best results.
The photos above show what happens for those who DO follow through.
You can have excuses or you can have results but you can’t have Both.
Looking forward to seeing you at The Underground Strength Gym of Edison & Manasquan!
The Underground Strength Gym originated in my parents garage and backyard, around 2002.
Then, in 2004 I began training athletes from my first home in Edison.
We’d train in my garage, backyard and down the street at the local playground.
The training was extremely intense and parents drove their kids to my house from up to 1 hour away, each way! That is NOT the norm nowadays, especially with the explosion of everyone calling themselves A “Strength Coach”, I’ve learned MANY parents are perfectly happy with the Coach who is cheaper and more convenient.
As a Parent, not just as a Coach, I am still shocked at how I’ve had parents ask me for a discount while they talk to me from their car that costs anywhere from $50K – $110K.
As if the $50 discount is going to change their mind.
You either want the best for your child or not.
I’ll certainly come across as arrogant and rude through this but that’s not my point.
My point is this:
Kids don’t know any better.
Many people talk about “This Generation” but it’s actually the Parents.
The parents are in charge, NOT the kids.
Now, more than ever, kids need hard training, hard work, a great atmosphere and a mentor to show them how hard training carries over in life.
My friend texted me this morning and said, “In my 30 years of coaching, the past 10-15 years I am always teaching mental toughness, dedication and discipline. Before that I taught mostly sports skills. Times have changed.”
Yes, times have changed, it’s a fact and we must be able to find a way to make it work.
If you’re a parent reading this, put off splurging on your fancy car, fancy clothes, fancy watch, etc and invest in your child.
Also, if finances are truly a challenge for you, NEVER ask for a discount when your BMW, Range Rover or Cadillac Escalade are parked 20 feet away.
This simply shows that you care more about how others view you than giving your child the best opportunities to succeed.
Kids grow up TOO fast.
I see them as 7th graders and before I know it they are seniors. Our most successful athletes always had the best support system, their parents.
Those who had parents who were looking to cut corners, their kids began doing the same and had an heir of “I’m good enough”.
If “good enough” is what you want for your kids, sorry for wasting your time!
I would certainly say I don’t fit into this world where average is accepted and excellence is punished.
Train to WIN in Sports And Life, I see no other way!
This one goes out to our athletes and the parents at The Edison & Manasquan Underground Strength Gym.
This also goes out to all of you who follow what we do locally and around the world.
It’s an honor to share and inspire you through our training methods. It truly is……
As always, this one is passionate and from the heart.
It will inspire some, offend some and the many in between won’t give a s–t because they prefer to be “good enough” over the Relentless Pursuit of Excellence.
Those who have experienced our training “get it”.
We are Much More….
We are BEYOND the points on the score board, the championships you win and the trophies you earn.
Those “things” come and go, but to live a STRONG Life beyond your competitive years as a sports athlete is where the TRUE Beauty and Power lies.
The Videos below are from Navy SEALs.
After our recent success with The Navy SEAL Fundraiser held at The Manasquan Underground Strength Gym, I wanted to hit this message home on another level.
Most of our athletes understood the importance of showing up while others made excuses when they could have made it. I can’t accept that.
After 9-11 happened when I lives in Edison, NJ, it changed the way I view our freedom, our Military, our safety and ALL the simple things many continue to take for granted.
It’s easy to help an athlete get Stronger, Faster & Tougher. It really is.
The TOUGH part is finding athletes who WANT it along with Parents who SUPPORT it.
I do Hate sounding like a Preacher so listen to these Navy SEAL Life Tips from former Navy SEAL, David Rutherford. I wish they taught this stuff in the schools.
Athletes need to hear this:
11 Navy SEAL Life Tips for Manasquan Athletes / Edison Athletes:
1) Have a Positive Attitude & Develop Your Self Confidence.
– You will NEVER have the confidence unless you put in the Hard, Consistent Work. Training at The Underground helps you KNOW that you are training above & beyond your competition.
2) Every Single Day Respect Your Mind, Body, Soul & Heart
– This requires taking the road less traveled. Your friends will call you “crazy” because you’re not doing what they do. NEVER follow the common man’s path. Be an UN-common Man.
3) PT your brain, read books, explore what’s out there.
– Read the GREAT books we talk about at The Underground & recommend through our Member’s Only Newsletter. Read in the Morning before school and read again at night. Great Books change lives.
4) Be Motivated Every day.
– Motivation is ALL around you. Motivation is a daily choice, as is strength or weakness. Your Motivation will run deep through your veins when you set BIG goals and understand your WHY.
5) Set Goals Every Single of your Life
– Never aimlessly go about your day. Never show up to practice or to The Underground letting things happen to you randomly. MAKE it happen. Your GOALS will inspire you to live the Relentless Pursuit of Excellence.
6) Live a Righteous Life. You ALL understand the difference between right and wrong. LIVE with Integrity.
– Inspire others around you. Represent your family, your school. your team, your coaches and The Underground. It’s NOT all about you. Take the focus off yourself. TEAM Life is the way.
7) Find a Mentor & Mentor Others.
– If you’re young, look to those who have accomplished big things and learn from them. If you are older, help the younger crew out. I expect this at The Underground Strength Gym as well. Our college athletes must set the tone for our high school athletes. Our high school athletes must set the tone for our middle school athletes.
8) Have FUN & Laugh Every Single Day. LOVE all the work you’re putting into sports, life, school and ALL other Areas of Your Life.
– Hard Work IS Fun. It’s Awesome. Stop looking at the hard work & dedication as punishment. Hard Work & all that lies ahead of you is a Gift.
9) You HAVE to be committed to the Team You’re On. Commitment is the # 1 Mission towards Success.
– This isn’t easy for all of you. Unfortunately, some of you have Coaches who don’t care. In addition, you have teammates that don’t care. Yes, that sucks BUT the Reality is that YOU can step up and become a leader. A leader teachers others how to lead.
You can organize team training at The Underground Strength Gym, at the local park and more. Instead of blaming others, step up and lead while building more leaders.
10) Train HARD Every Day.
– “I’m too busy” is the biggest bunch of BS ever. If we tracked the time you spent on your iPhone every day we can easily use that time for productive actions that make you a Stronger Person, not just a Stronger Athlete.
11) Communicate effectively, Listen to others & Hear what people are saying.
– When we send e mails, READ them. Parents, forward these e mails to your son. Athletes, forward the e mails to Mom / Dad.
When we tell you how to eat, how to do extra work at home… Pay Attention and DO it.
Communicate with us. Injuries, set backs, challenges, tough times and good times. Keep us in the know. Being an effective communicator means we can count on you and we don’t need to guess.
These 11 Tips from Navy SEALs are not just to be applied some of the time….
Not just throughout high school….
These tips are to be applied to your LIFE. FOREVER.