Above, Brian “Curls” Pascal training out of The Garage days of The Underground Strength Gym.
He would wake up and eat 8 eggs, 4 whites and 4 yolks. He would also have a bowl of oatmeal AND a protein shake! That was his breakfast 7 days a week, not just on weekends.
At school, he would have a protein shake before lunch. At lunch he would eat 2 turkey sandwiches pus 2 pieces of fruit.
After school through the afternoon, evening and night, he had dinner left overs, dinner and again dinner left overs. Foods like steak, chicken, rice, pasta, salad, potatoes, etc.
Here is a critical Video for our Edison & Manasquan athletes regarding nutrition.
Most athletes are being straight up LAZY and will starve instead of getting up and heating up their food or making themselves a turkey sandwich. That attitude will obviously get you nowhere and I am confused by such apathy but I guess this is “The Human Food Chain”.
You choose to be Predator or Prey.
For those who want to WIN, don’t talk about, BE about it.
This Video explains critical nutrition tips and a Winning attitude!
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
The Manasquan Underground Strength Gym Crew after a Sunday morning training session, POWER Magazines in hand!
Here are some critical tips for our athletes at The Manasquan & Edison Underground Strength Gym.
Remember, most athletes only train here 2 or 3 days a week. That leaves PLENTY of time to either ruin the work you put in here OR to maximize the work through a proper lifestyle, mindset and nutrition
Parents, we need your help here. Without your support and help, your child will NOT follow through.
That means cooking in quantity, making sure plenty of healthy snacks are available such as fruits, trail mix, avocado, almond butter / peanut butter, milk, etc.
I see some of our athletes doing this:
– skipping breakfast
– buying school lunch or only eating potato chips and a pretzel at lunch (This is HORRIBLE)
– Dinner is pasta and bread
This is a disaster waiting to happen as it contributes to serious fat gain, gives little energy, does not help build muscle and creates a slow metabolism.
*** Wrestlers ***
The wrestlers who need to lose weight, you should STILL eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner and then increase exercise activity to burn calories rather than starving yourself into a weak, broken down state.
1 of our wrestlers told me that his Coach relayed this horrible advice:
“if you’re over weight just starve yourself and don’t eat”
Actually. Sounds like shyt advice.
Wrestlers can still build lean muscle in season through our training and healthy eating.
They can still get stronger.
But, if you “starve yourself” you will wreck your body and will likely hate wrestling due to incorrect information.
The starvation will also cause the athlete to make poor food choices when he finally can eat.
It’s always better to eat healthy and add a little more exercise along with portion control if needed.
*** The BIG Lesson ***
Everyone Must Follow Through.
Ray Jazikoff was one of the most successful athletes we ever worked with, BOTH on and off the wrestling mat. He ALWAYS followed through & NEVER made 1 excuse. He began training with us in 7th grade.
What does “follow through” mean? In simple terms, Just do what you say you’re gonna do.
Follow the program we guide you on.
Follow the nutrition protocols we guide you on.
Do the extra bodyweight workouts at home.
At The Underground, be a great listener and a Hard worker, do not show up with half hearted intentions or be there to joke around.
It’s not the place. Success requires intensity and work and YES, we want to have FUN but some athletes need to focus better and save their chit chat time for before or after The Underground.
Your focus is required for safety and maximum results.
Parents & Athletes – Please drive safely.
Middle school athletes: work your weak areas with the bodyweight exercises from our welcome packet.
For ALL: Less time stuck on technology and more time reading.
Here are my book recommendations for Team Underground:
1) The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength & Conditioning
http://UndergroundStrengthBook.com or on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1AP9cXm
2) Lone Survivor – Watching the movie is NOT enough. The book details what it takes to become a SEAL and will remind our athletes to understand what hard work REALLY is and how fortunate we are to enjoy our freedom compared to what other kids don’t get to experience
Above, BIG Mike McCabe transformed himself BIG time in 6 weeks with changes to his nutrition and training with us in Manasquan 3 – 4 x week. Mike also works full time, commutes from Piscataway and trains after a long day at work. His NO excuses attitude and commitment is what helped produce the results you see above.
Above, Chris Romanow, aka The Romanator, went from 20% BF to 13% BF. All while training in BJJ at The Bill Scott BJJ Academy, running his business and being a husband and father. The Romanator trained 3 x week and proved that age and fitness is a limit that people place upon themselves. The Romanator took action and proved that age does NOT have to be the deciding factor in your fitness.
Our next Man of Steel Challenge for Adult Men will be going on at BOTH our Edison and Manasquan locations. Details to sign up are HERE.
You will get world class coaching, FUN workouts, nutrition guidelines to follow and a flexible training schedule to boost your success and overall results.
Click HERE for Details on The Man of Steel Challenge (Edison & Manasquan)
Click HERE for Details on The Man of Steel Challenge (Edison & Manasquan)
Here is the e mail Chris Lee sent me after finishing his final week of training before heading to Pa to play College Baseball:
It’s Chris ” the meathead” Lee.
I can’t believe it’s already time to say goodbye but it is.
I leave Sunday, the 25th of August.
2 years have gone by way too fast.
I remember coming in for the free trial and seeing how elite everyone else was at all the lifts and how EXPLOSIVE they were. Made me feel like a bitch haha.
Through all that training, I went from 32% body fat, to 12 %.
Baseball wise I went from a 7.2 sec 60 yard dash to a 6.7.
I went from not even close to hitting a homerun to hitting 3 in one game.
My arm strength went from 72 mph to 82 mph.
All these changes couldn’t have been done without you nor the underground coaches and I thank you all.
There is so much more to say but i don’t want to get too sappy.
Keep motivating others as much as you motivated me. You’re integrity and passion really does rub off on others.
From The Meathead,
P.S. – In both pics I’m at 178 lbs. left side im at 32 % body fat in 2011. Right side I’m at 12% body fat
Chris has been by far one of THE MOST dedicated, hard working athletes we’ve ever worked with. Even during the In Season, when the majority of athetes STOP training, Chris trained 2 x week! He would show up even if he had 20 minutes to train.
He was breaking school records for JP Stevens Baseball and his dedication, hard work and mental toughness have payed off BIG time as he is now off to play College Baseball!
Here are some videos of Chris in training. You might look at them and say to yourself, “WOW! I could never do that!” This is the WRONG attitude.
As you can see, Chris did NOT start here as a strong athlete, he worked his ass off and BUILT himself into an outstanding athlete. He followed our nutrition guidelines and went above and beyond.
That is HOW champions are built!
If you are ready to become a Champion you need to be committed, humble and coachable.
Starting with a negative attitude or excuses will never help.
Step up and GO for it! You CAN become a Champion if you have the commitment of Chris “The Meathead” Lee!
Live The Code
– Team Underground –
PS: E Mail us NOW to set Up Your Child’s FREE Intro Assessment: Click HERE
Time for Football Coaches to drop their egos and TRULY start caring for these kids and doing what is in the best interest of the kids. Threatening these Football Players who have worked so hard to get ahead and now to threaten them with the BS of “You need to show your face in the weight room Monday – Saturday or you’re not gonna play” is bull shyt.
When you TRULY care for the success of these kids AND your team, you will drop your ego. Parents need to step up and stop letting their kids get pushed into a crappy strength & conditioning program.