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.
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