GREAT for our athletes at The Manasquan & Edison Underground Strength Gym.
During the teenage years, the athletes are primed and ready for putting on lean muscle, getting stronger, faster, more explosive and tougher.
This is what I call the window of opportunity and I explain it often to the parents and athletes in Manasquan and Edison.
As you get older, more and more opportunity slips away.
So, when I ask our athletes about their breakfast, their lunch, etc – I am constantly shocked with how many use the same excuses:
“I was running late….”
“I was so busy today….”
” I had to work today….”
Everyone is busy.
Everyone works…. Well, OK, NOT everyone…..
But if you want to become a CHAMPION, then do the things that your competition makes excuses about doing. Don’t fall into their same path of excuses, skipping meals, not eating enough, not eating healthy, not doing extra workouts on your own, etc.
To All our Manasquan & Edison Athletes:
– You received a welcome packet when you signed up. Follow the nutrition guidelines in there AND the extra Bodyweight guidelines in the welcome packet.
– If a Coach gives you specific homework pertaining to nutrition, sleep, lifestyle, flexibility, mobility, etc – well, FOLLOW THROUGH! Do the Work!
WARNING: This Video Contains Adult Language BUT The Lessons Are A MUST Learn!
Dedication and Hard Work are BEAUTIFUL.
It is MUCH better to experience success than to be average and mediocre.
Let’s keep attacking Life & Lifting!
Live The Code 365
For Supportive Parents & Hard Working Athletes In / Near Manasquan & Edison, NJ
Point Boro’s Entire Wrestling Team Had their FIRST Day of Practice at The Manasquan Underground Strength Gym!
What an AWESOME day this was.
The first day of the wrestling season began last Monday. Several weeks prior, Assistant Coach Brian Grainer reached out to see if The Point Boro Wresting Team could start their first day of the season at The Manasquan Underground Strength Gym!
We began our training at the park across the street. The team of 27 wrestlers showed up ready to do work. From the park we attacked the gym and every wrestler from freshman to senior pushed themselves above and beyond.
The camaraderie was amazing amongst the wrestling team as they pushed one another to work harder and stay tough.
Any athletic team, coach, sports parent should be taking advantage of our training if you are near our Manasquan or Edison locations. We’ve got parents who drive 1 hr each way to get their kids the best training.
Why is there such dedication? It’s simple. Some parents and coaches TRULY care. If you CARE about success you seek out the BEST. We refuse to let our athletes down. Our success stories have been adding up since 2002.
If you want in, sign up for a FREE Trial and begin your journey towards greatness.
This Football training article was originally published on my ZachEven-Esh.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s a simple equation. These kids deserve the best. Nothing less will suffice.
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.
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.