The room was packed and as always, before I train guys, I give those who don’t want to do the work an out. I have NO desire to work with lazy athletes who are too arrogant or too lazy to train.
So, I tell them, if they have to get home because they are far away OR they don’t want to do the work, to leave. Nobody needs arrogant athletes or dead weight. It kills the energy of the room.
Yes, some have to get home and live far away, but I tell them that a short, 15 minutes of extra work is about to go down and the choice is theirs.
With no shame, many leave. They walk away.
The arrogant athletes are already too good. At least in their own head they’re too good.
They don’t need to be stronger or better. They’re already strong enough.
Imagine that? No need to improve? VERY Interesting. I could only imagine as I doubt I’ll ever be good enough at anything. There is always room to improve.
To kick off our training, I had one of our athletes demo most of the bodyweight exercises and as the group went through the training, our Underground trained Wrestler realized something very important……
Often times an athletes gets injured mid way through the season or near the end of the season.
He or she is usually over trained at this point, not just physically, but also mentally.
A poor or non existent strength & conditioning program never prepared them for the physical or mental rigors of competition.
So, we then see, at the end of the year, the athlete who wasn’t expected to be at the top, ends up at the top because the top athlete didn’t train smart enough.
I always say, if you train hard you need to recover hard. That, in a nut shell, my friend, means paying attention to ALL the proper lifestyle activities an athlete should do.
– Follow our nutrition guidelines that we give you in our welcome packet. We can see a mile away who is eating according to our guidelines because they’ll be getting stronger and packing on more lean muscle mass on the regular.
– The athlete who makes excuses and doesn’t step up the commitment to the nutrition, rest and overall lifestyle misses out on achieving his / her full potential.
Watch these videos, and most of all, take ACTION with them!
REPEAT: Take ACTION.
If you’re only watching these videos, reading our e mails and waiting for your child’s season to end or the perfect time then you’re not serious about success.
Successful people are aggressive action takers, NOT procrastinators. If you’re offended by these statements then it’s likely I am calling you out. These lessons apply not just to sports, but to life. They go hand in hand.
– Team Underground Strength –
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What Are The BIG 3 Mistakes Parents Make When Choosing
A Strength Coach For Their Child?
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.
– Don’t train 1 x week unless it’s the IN Season. It’s a $50 dollar difference. Step up, go for the BEST.
– Eat as outlined in our welcome packet.
– Don’t make excuses on eating & don’t blame your parents for skipping breakfast or only eating 1 sandwich at lunch.
– When you practice the warm up at home, when 10 reps becomes easy do 15 reps, then build up to 20, 3o and 50 reps in a row. Your body won’t strengthen nor will your mind until you push the envelope.
Here are some older videos of Curls in training….. Remember, once upon a time he was the slowest, weakest, chubbiest and most unathletic kid. He decided to change that and it took a LOT of work, commitment, dedication and consistency.
Ask yourself…. Are You REALLY dedicated and committed to becoming a champion in sports AND life?
Athletes and their parents who understand success know that you must attack your goals quickly.
NOW is always better than tomorrow.
Waiting until Monday, next week, after summer, the new year, when school is over, when the season ends, etc has NO urgency and in turn puts you in the world of average.
NO urgency to achieve BIG success leaves you in the same boat as 97% of all other athletes who are content with where they are right now.
Decide if you are content with being like everyone else or if you want to be the few who take their achievements in life to the next level. Once you decide, follow up with MASSIVE action!
Ray Jaz describes WHY he stays after for EXTRA Credit Workouts!
Strangely and oddly enough, MANY athletes, parents and even Coaches are perfectly happy when having a poor success record. I see year after year, Coaches with losing records NOT doing anything differently.
I see year after year, athlete’s who regularly lose in their chosen sport NOT care about doing something different to start WINNING.
I see parents perfectly content as well – they see their child losing time and again and brush it off with a poor excuse.
I get fired UP when I see teams losing over and over and No ONE is stepping up to make a change.
THAT is a BIG reason as to why I coach athletes – I WANT to see them success, BUT, my desire to see others succeed is often times MORE than what the Coaches, Parents & Athletes themselves want.
Obviously, if that is you, training at The Underground is NOT for you.
Highly motivated athletes and parents only – otherwise, you will think I am crazy.
Then again, most successful, highly motivated people are viewed as crazy by average people.
I’m sure you’ve heard that saying before. It’s true. Results are the TRUTH and results are where we excel.
Personally, I hate building web sites and trying to hold referral contests and all the other behind the scenes stuff that goes into a business.
I am a COACH. I train athletes and my goal is to change their lives. I fall asleep thinking about how we can help athletes on an even greater level and wake up thinking about our Underground Strength Gym athletes.
With my web sites comes everyone and their Mom copying our web sites, stealing our logo and pretending to be great at what they do.
There are pretenders and there is the REAL Deal.
If you want the REAL deal then you train with us. Period. End of story.
If we weren’t so busy kicking ass and taking names, helping athletes get powerful results, we’d have more photos for you. Truth be told we’re too busy LIVING the code, in the gym, doing WORK.
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