This Summer I’ve heard the most “I feel light headed” comments than ever before.
As well as these comments:
– I woke up at 12 o’clock
– I didn’t really get to eat today, I just had a bowl of cereal
Many of our athletes, especially those in Football, are likely walking around slightly dehydrated.
Many show up to The Underground in Edison and Manasquan with 1 small water bottle.
Our athletes need to do the following:
– Drink a LOT more water. If you’re outdoors during the day you need to drink 1 gallon of water by 5 PM. The heat along with training and sun beating down on you requires more hydration.
– Have several pieces of fruit throughout the day: watermelon, oranges, peaches, blueberries and pineapple. You can pick these up at any supermarket and cut them up so you have a large bowl of fruit salad in the house.
– Eat small meals, frequently throughout the day. If you need quick calories and you’re in a rush or out and about with your friends, stop at the local 7-11 and get some trail mix and chocolate milk. You can also grab some Greek Yogurt and have 2 – 3 cups of Yogurt a day.
There are plenty of fast, quality options, no matter what.
– Make sure breakfast is STRONG. Eat eggs, toast with butter and some fruit. Add oatmeal if you’re still hungry.
You can always make a protein shake.
If you have protein powder, mix it up in a blender with water, a banana, a spoon of almond butter and a scoop of dried oats.
If you don’t have protein powder, make the old school strength shake:
– 12-16 oz organic whole milk
– spoon of organic honey
– 1 banana
– 1 spoon almond butter
– 1/2 cup dried oats
If you’re thin and need to gain weight, add a scoop of ice cream.
When you’re playing Football for 2 – 3 hours a day plus lifting, you NEED to fuel your body and mind.
Dedication to your nutrition is just part of Living the Code 365.
You need to train in season while your competition makes excuses for being too tired or too busy.
You must fire up the mind by reading great books, watching inspirational movies and so on.
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.
Some interesting stuff happening as of late……
I ask MANY of our athletes what time they wake up and how they are eating.
I have sent MANY e mails, created Videos and our welcome packet outlines how to eat.
The MAJORITY of our athletes are NOT following through.
This also means we need MORE support OR enforcement from parents. STOP encouraging and Start Enforcing follow through. ALL in or not at all.
Lay down the law. Period.
I have created nutrition Videos, sent many e mails on nutrition and dedication….
What time do MOST kids tell me they wake up at?
11 am – 12 PM
I see athletes at 6 PM and they have eaten maybe 1 sandwich for lunch and some sort of wimpy snack for breakfast. That. Is. WEAK.
Yet these SAME athletes are going to Football practice and lifting with us!
WHY are they yawning and struggling through workouts?
WHY are they NOT building muscle and getting stronger?
It’s quite simple. They are NOT eating OR living to be STRONG.
They are doing what The “Common Man” does.
Waking up late, eating less than a 5 year old and NOT living like a Champion.
Every week and month I send e mails with instructions for our athletes. There are little details to follow through on that will truly shape their minds.
– Watch Rocky III & IV
– Read the book Lone Survivor
I have GIFTED MANY of our athletes the book, SPARTAN UP! A book about being TOUGH in LIFE, not just in the gym.
MANY of our athletes haven’t even cracked it open. Reading a GREAT book is a GIFT. You are missing out every time you decide to NOT take action.
MANY of our athletes have NEVER watched Rocky III & IV.
I’ve recommended these 2 movies easily 50 times by now.
These are movies that inspire, movies that show how to turn obstacles into opportunity, how to turn struggles into strength. Movies that show what Dedication and Hard Work look like!
Our athletes are CAPABLE OF SO MUCH MORE!
Here is a lesson from a friend and mentor of mine, Former SEAL, Mark Divine:
The book Lone Survivor is about men who fight for their lives and fight for this country.
It helps our athletes understand that waking up at 8 am is NOT so hard. It shows that training in Manasquan or Edison 2 or 3 times a week for 1 hour is NOT so hard, compared to men who train 16 – 18 hours a day!
Why are you waking up at 11 am or 12 noon?
Why would you rather have low energy and feel weak when you can feel like a run away freight train by following through on our nutrition guidelines?
At the end of the day the question this:
Are you giving your Life the best of your ability?
The truth is this: Many of you are NOT.
That makes me sad because ALL of you are capable of becoming champions, but MANY of you are choosing NOT to become Champions.
This is not about sports.
This is about LIFE.
Live The Code 365,
ONLY for The Dedicated.
Do NOT Sign Up For a Trial Workout Unless You are 100% DEDICATED.
It is likely that come September we will open up an in season program with a 1 x week training option and a Sunday morning workout.
Training 1 x week in season is 100% MORE than Zero. This adds up BIG time.
If you stop training at The Underground, by the end of your season, you are at your weakest, your slowest, least confident and least prepared for the MOST important time of year: play offs, sectionals, etc.
Why STOP the very thing that gives you the edge?
“Too Busy” is what the NON successful say. We ALL have time for what is MOST important.
For the In Season Workouts……
Only current members can do this, though.
If you already quit, it’s too late.
The registration will open up in late August and will run in 3 month blocks:
Sep. 1st – Nov. 30th
I don’t want to have athletes here who bail out at the first sign of a busy schedule.
The desire to Spartan UP during tough times is what I want to see in you.
And, being “too busy” is not the case.
We all make time for what is important.
I know MANY hate me for being tough, BUT, I would hate myself for allowing others to make excuses when they are capable of achieving more.
I will always be OK w/ being hated for pushing people to be successful.
I don’t want to be LIKED b/c I allowed people to make excuses.