Kyle Snyder just became America’s Youngest Gold Medalist in Wrestling at age 20.
At age 19 he won The World Championships and The National Championships in Wrestling.
To put this in perspective, I’ve seen MANY parents hold their son back and switch around schools and we see 19 year olds who are NOT winning state or even conference titles.
The bottom line: You can NOT avoid the work and dedication, regardless of the “age advantage”.
In this 9 minute documentary video on Kyle there are MANY lessons you can and should pick up on.
The biggest tip on Kyle’s reason for success is when you hear the coaches talking about Kyle’s dedication being on Level 10 while others are on level 4 or 5.
And this description of his behavior:“He understands hard work, he understands responsibility, if he makes a mistake there’s no blame, he goes back and fixes the problem…..”
Watch the Video …..
What level are YOU on?
How hard are you pushing in training?
How often do you set goals, revisit goals, reassess your training to ensure you achieve your goals?
Are you a level 10 on Nutrition? Most are on level 2 or 3 if we want to be honest.
What about your lifestyle?
Opportunity is ALWAYS knocking for ALL of our athletes. This movie is NOT just about wrestling, it’s about being the BEST YOU that YOU can be. Watch it MANY times and you’ll keep learning more lessons. Of course, ultimately, you must take action with those lessons.
You’re either an action taker or an excuse maker. You can’t be both!
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.
HUGE thanks to Andy Stumpf for inspiring me to help his Man On A Mission fundraiser. It was something that can not be described through my words and The Underground Strength Gym is honored to have been a part of this honorable cause.
Our story was featured in The Asbury Park Press HEREAnd, The Coast Star. I want to thank Chris Neely & Jerry Carino for supporting our mission which is MUCH bigger than teaching athletes how to WIN more titles and score more points.
The list of sports we’ve worked with goes on and on, from youth to Division 1, to Olympians…. The training gives athletes the edge in Mind, Body & Spirit.
– The Punisher Logo on the sleeve was inspired from realizing that we ALL have potential to be GREAT, BUT, there are external and internal influences and forces that try to pull you down…..
Pulling you down to be average…..
ALL athletes can be GREAT but you MUST fight the negative forces to keep them from holding you down.
Many of our athletes have “friends” who say: “You’re crazy for training at The Underground, just lift at Retro…. just lift at school….”
“It’s too expensive…..”
“It’s too hard…. I’m too tired…. I’m too busy….”
I learn more and more that MOST athletes NEVER had anyone believe in them.
Most athletes may have worked hard BUT they did all the wrong work, wrong technique….. None of their efforts amounted to the results they wished for.
They never had a Coach showing them the way of training that builds Strength NOT just in muscles, but from the heart, the mind and soul.
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We train MORE and Beyond the mere muscles at The Underground.
The Punisher Logo on the sleeve (and on the wall, pictured below) represents that we fight against all negative outside forces.
The back quote on our latest shirt is from Socrates……
Why do I have that quote on the back?
Because I BELIEVE in these kids.
I stand up and fight for what is right with our athletes…..
I KNOW how our training changes lives and so when I see other Coaches who have an open door to get help from us in Manasquan and Edison and REFUSE the help, I get fired UP!
These kids don’t get chances after chances…. Before you know it, they’re seniors and it’s the Last Chance to make it all happen. Kids deserve an honest chance at Success and becoming a Champion. Their success will carry over to life success.
As I always say….
Stand for Something
Or Fall for Anything.
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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.