LOTS of New success stories at The Underground Strength Gym in both Edison & Manasquan.
– Ralph Normandia gets pre season ranking of 12th in the Nation!
– Matt Butler receives his black belt in BJJ from Pablo Papovitch / Bill Scott BJJ Academy
– Joseph Ghione bumps up 3 weight class for Super 32, places 8th to garner All American status and signs with Lock Haven for Wrestling
– Mike Skibniewski signs with Penn State for Swimming!
Skibs showing the difference in size, strength & power amongst his competition before winning a national title.
Very proud of ALL. Keep rising to the top in ALL you do. This is NOT just about sports, this is about life, training for life and training for sport is the same thing.
The tougher you are, the more confident you are, it all falls back to knowing you are doing the right work, the smart work, and of course, outworking all the “normal” people who achieve normal things in life.
Live The Code 365,
— Zach —
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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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In the world of fitness, strength & conditioning, etc there are fads and gimmicks that often times trick people into thinking they are doing the right things, but ultimately wasting time and money.
For an athletes life, time is of the essence. Time can never be won back. Take these 3 tips and avoid them like the plague.
Mistake # 1) Sending weak kids to speed training classes.
If you’re weak then no matter how much you run, how many ladders drills you use, how perfect your arm swings are…. These cool looking activities do not make your child faster. Kids still need to get stronger.
Getting stronger does not mean lifting weights. New athletes at The Underground Strength Gym begin with bodyweight and all introductory training methods. As they develop strength in body AND mind they soon become ready for the next level in performance training.
Mistake # 2) Cutting weight does not make your child stronger than everyone else.
It eats away your child’s heard earned muscle and makes him weaker… and miserable (I know, newsflash, right!!??).
I’ve seen this in Wrestling and in Pop Warner Football. Heck, we have a wrestler who weighs 84 lbs and is talking about cutting weight and going 80 lbs. Really? At 84 lbs we are cutting weight. If a Coach OR parent allows this they need a wake up call.
When you put on muscle you can actually eat more food and lose weight because your metabolism will be revving so fast.
Mistake # 3) Stopping your in season strength training doesn’t allow you to keep the gains you worked for in the off season. Use it or lose it.
Training is year round. At The Underground Strength Gym we look at what each athlete needs as an individual. Some need more power and speed work, others need more strength, others need their injuries to be addressed, others need more mental toughness and confidence…..
But, no one can reach their potential and maximize their success by stopping their in season performance training.
Smarter is always better.
Parents – Help your child achieve more success by avoiding these 3 mistakes above.
— Team Underground Strength —
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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.
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Lehigh Wrestlers Training In 100 Degree Plus Temps, Mid Summer With A 140 Mile Round Trip! THAT Is Commitment!
Through the many years of working with athletes and seeing the explosion of strength coaches around the country I have noticed some common themes that seem to confuse parents and ultimately hurt their child’s success.
As a parent myself, the phrase “time goes too fast” is severely underrated and the window of opportunity that athletes have to achieve success is small.
These common mistakes that parents make have happened (and continues to happen) at all levels of sports, from youth, to high school to the collegiate level.
Pay attention to these critical mistakes and avoid them to give your child the best opportunity to maximize his / her success.
1) What is The Coach’s Track Record for Success?
Before you commit to signing your child up for training with a Coach, or perhaps there is a Coach at the high school your child goes to, you want to find out what this Coach’s track record for success is.
Many Coaches get hired in schools or in facilities because not so much in part due to their knowledge, but often times out of convenience. As a former public school teacher I have seen some dangerous stuff happening inside high school weight rooms that were run by the sports coach or the math teacher.
Yes, it’s great to bring a teacher or coach in who works in the schools but what’s best for the kids is a safe program, one that has been proven to be effective with a Coach who has a track record of building stronger, faster and more powerful athletes.
As a Coach and Parent, I would ask myself why these kids weren’t getting the training they deserved? People told me I “cared too much”.
I had no clue there was such a thing as caring too much. I don’t see any other way to work with athletes.
Other times I noticed schools hiring a former college athlete to run the weight room, assuming that college sports experience is the same as being a highly qualified performance coach.
The mistake here is assuming that a high level athlete is also a high level coach.
Many high level athletes are NOT high level coaches. Being a competitive athlete and a successful coach requires different levels of experience and knowledge.
Some successful athletes who become coaches don’t understand how a less gifted athlete needs to work physically or mentally to get to that next level. They’ve never been in those shoes.
I have seen Olympic Gold medalists with absolutely NO knowledge of strength & conditioning as well as national champs who could not command attention and run a great practice.
Ask the Coach for his track record of success and then ask yourself the next question:
1) Does your Coach have a long term, proven track record for creating success working with athletes?
2) Are you choosing a Coach based on them being closer to home, conveniently located in the school and / or cheaper priced?
Not all, but many high school strength & conditioning coaches fill the position because a favor is being handed to them OR they work in the school district and it’s cheaper to pay them a little extra to open the doors to the weight room.
In experienced coaches have a tendency to place every single athlete on a cookie cutter program, never addressing individual weak areas, injuries, knowledge of building a solid foundation or remotely knowing anything about safety and technique.
There is a reason a Coach is cheap, just like there is a reason cars, clothing and certain restaurants are cheap.
Excellence is rarely conveniently found around the corner and cheaper.
Excellence takes work and your child deserves excellence.
A powerful strength & conditioning program will address your child’s individual level of overall fitness & physical preparedness, the program will address weak areas, imbalances, injuries and most of all, the program will address your child’s level of mental / emotional readiness.
When you see athletes training at The Underground Strength Gym you’ll notice that they are all on a different program, each program tailored to that athlete’s specific sport, his / her weak areas and emotional needs. Training an athletes goes FAR beyond getting faster, more explosive and stronger.
As a parent myself, I don’t look for the cheapest coaches and what is 5 minutes away, I look for the best for my kids.