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.
As a parent myself, the phrase “time goes too fast” is severely underrated and the window of opportunity that athletes have to achieve success is small.
These common mistakes that parents make have happened (and continues to happen) at all levels of sports, from youth, to high school to the collegiate level.
Pay attention to these critical mistakes and avoid them to give your child the best opportunity to maximize his / her success.
1) What is The Coach’s Track Record for Success?
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 not so much in part due to their knowledge, but often times out of convenience. As a former public school teacher I have seen some dangerous stuff happening inside high school weight rooms that were run by the sports coach or the math teacher.
Yes, it’s great to bring a teacher or coach in who works in the schools but what’s best for the kids is a safe program, one that has been proven to be effective with a Coach who has a track record of building stronger, faster and more powerful athletes.
As a Coach and Parent, I would ask myself why these kids weren’t getting the training they deserved? People told me I “cared too much”.
I had no clue there was such a thing as caring too much. I don’t see any other way to work with athletes.
Other times I noticed schools hiring a former college athlete to run the weight room, assuming that college sports experience is the same as being a highly qualified performance coach.
The mistake here is assuming that a high level athlete is also a high level coach.
Many high level athletes are NOT high level coaches. Being a competitive athlete and a successful coach requires different levels of experience and knowledge.
Some successful athletes who become coaches don’t understand how a less gifted athlete needs to work physically or mentally to get to that next level. They’ve never been in those shoes.
I have seen Olympic Gold medalists with absolutely NO knowledge of strength & conditioning as well as national champs who could not command attention and run a great practice.
Ask the Coach for his track record of success 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 the 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.
In experienced coaches have a tendency to place every single athlete on a cookie cutter program, never addressing individual weak areas, injuries, knowledge of 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 individual 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.
When you see athletes training at The Underground Strength Gym you’ll notice that they are all on a different program, each program tailored to that athlete’s specific sport, his / her weak areas and emotional needs. Training an athletes goes FAR beyond getting faster, more explosive and stronger.
As a parent myself, I don’t look for the cheapest coaches and what is 5 minutes away, I look for the best for my kids.
– Don’t train 1 x week unless it’s the IN Season. It’s a $50 dollar difference. Step up, go for the BEST.
– Eat as outlined in our welcome packet.
– Don’t make excuses on eating & don’t blame your parents for skipping breakfast or only eating 1 sandwich at lunch.
– When you practice the warm up at home, when 10 reps becomes easy do 15 reps, then build up to 20, 3o and 50 reps in a row. Your body won’t strengthen nor will your mind until you push the envelope.
Here are some older videos of Curls in training….. Remember, once upon a time he was the slowest, weakest, chubbiest and most unathletic kid. He decided to change that and it took a LOT of work, commitment, dedication and consistency.
Ask yourself…. Are You REALLY dedicated and committed to becoming a champion in sports AND life?
BIG news and BIG thanks to the parents who helped us with your success stories and feedback!
Thank YOU BIG time!!
BIG congrats to Team Underground Wrestlers, Jake Daniel & Mikey Klimkiewicz.
BOTH have been named Co Captains for next season & Mike is ONLY a sophomore!!
Mikey’s Coach is BIG tie impressed with his work ethic and commitment as are we.
Both These kids are work horses & embody the discipline and work ethic required of becoming a champion in BOTH sports AND most importantly, LIFE!!
You can see a before / after photo of Mikey right here:
We’re gonna have take another pic as Mikey has packed on a LOT more muscle since this photo.
And Jake…. This kid has been training on ONE leg for an entire month. He sprained his MCL and Doctors put a full leg brace on him, which, didn’t stop him! He trained on one leg 5 DAYS A WEEK! That’s right, he trained Monday – Friday!!
Here are some more success stories:
– Brett Donner Wrestled undefeated at Va Beach Duals!
– Luke Niemeyer went 7 – 1 at the duals, check out the facebook message his Mom sent us!!
Dedication & Commitment!
Now, let’s welcome our new athletes to BOTH our Edison & Manasquan locations!
Welcome to The Underground Strength Gym & TEAM Underground!
Giancarlo Crivelli of Pt Beach Wrestling
Vincent Storino of Pt Beach Wrestling & Baseball
Daniel Makagon of Old Bridge Wrestling
Brett Donner of Wall Wrestling
Dan Kinsella of Wall Wrestling, Heading to TCNJ Wrestling
Greg Grippo of St Michael’s U in Vt
Aidan Drury of North Brunswick (Youth)
Jake Staggard of North Brunswick (Youth)
Luke Niemeyer South Plainfield Wrestling (Youth)
Joey & Gian Ghione of Brick Memorial Wrestling
Vincent Fichera of Toms River North Wrestling
Push Ups For Charity Update!
With donations coming in from around the WORLD….. Our donations are creeping closer to the $4,000 mark! ALL our donations were sent to The Boot Campaign to benefit wounded warriors!
Team Underground Athletes & Parents –
We are honored to help you all become champions in sport AND life.
We are grateful that your parents trust us.
We will NOT let any of you down.
Parents, if you missed our last e mail, please read below.
Parents – We need your help….
Please reply to this e mail as were collecting success stories from YOU.
Tell us what training has done here for your child both physically and mentally.
Think back to when your child first started training here and where they are now.
This can be as short or as long as you want.
Just Reply and send me your message.
E Mail Us ==> UndergroundStrengthCoach@GMail.com
I am excited to see your reactions as we’re collecting success stories.
Thank YOU and if you have any questions or need our help on anything, say the word!
Live The Code
–Z & Team Underground–
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Want to help your child become a champion?
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Final Thoughts for Underground Strength Gym Home Boys:
– Eat as recommended in this video and our welcome packet. You should have printed this out and should re-read it on a regular basis. Learn it, Live it, LOVE it.
– Perform extra workouts on your own using bodyweight exercises. Or, use the gym to your advantage. We offer you ALL UNLIMITED use of The Underground Strength Gym in BOTH Edison and Manasquan. Show up!
Below are a few videos to borrow from for Bodyweight Training on your own!
Parents & Athletes: ANY questions on extra training or nutrition, ask me or one of the Coaches and we’ll help you get dialed in!
Also, BIG favor. If you have friends in the Manasquan / Jersey Shore area that are committed athletes AND have supportive parents, please have them e mail me for details on The Manasquan Underground Strength Gym location.
We wanna pack the place in with hard workers, just like Edison!