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.
This Football training article was originally published on my ZachEven-Esh.com Blog but I wanted to keep this on our gym blog as well after years of seeing Football players getting threatened by their Coaches.
I’ve been stepping up and voicing my opinion on the overbearing, ego-maniac parents and coaches out there who are hurting their kids with shitty training programs and overall shitty decisions pertaining to training and ultimately, life.
Why do I stand up and voice my opinion like this?
Because young athletes are near and dear to my heart and I’ve experienced the pain of regret thanks to poor, ineffective training methods.
These kids can never win back these lost opportunities. It’s a pain that will haunt them for a lifetime. If anyone knows about the pain of regret it’s definitely me.
The positive thing is that we CAN help these young athletes and we can also help the Coaches who are stuck in the dark ages.
We CAN give them the opportunity to experience greater success.
Are ALL Coaches bad? Heck NO.
But any Coach who threatens a kid with “If I don’t see your face every day in the weight room you won’t be playing this year” is full of himself.
There is no need for young athletes to get pushed around by ego driven Coaches. Coaches also have a responsibility to live the pursuit of excellence. They can learn today more than ever before thanks to the power of the internet. Young athletes will always be the
Here Are Some Thoughts On Football Summer Workouts and How to Avoid These Mistakes That Hold Back the True Potential of High School Athletes.
These Football Strength & Conditioning Mistakes Apply To ALL Training Methods / Sports / Goals, Even Non Competitive Sport Athletes Should Pay Attention To These Training Tips:
1) Get enough sleep if you want to maximize fat loss, improve lean muscle gains and improve strength gains. Lack of sleep kills your performance. Training at 6 AM is great in the respect that you get the job done, BUT, if you are going to train at 6 AM then it’s lights out by 10 PM.
2) Younger athletes need to eat breakfast AND get in a post workout meal to maximize their training results. They need to regularly feed the machine plenty of quality proteins, healthy fats and moderate carbs. At the D1 level, most teams have protein shakes ready to go with an option to mix their protein with milk or water. When I talk to high school kids they don’t eat after training so they now have to wait until lunch time.
What happens here is they now skip breakfast AND skip the post workout meal which puts their body in a catabolic state, when you need to be in an anabolic state to maximize muscle, strength and performance gains.
3) You can’t spend 6 days a week in the gym for 2 hrs a pop & expect to maximize results. Instead of training, you will be texting and checking your hair in the mirror every 3 minutes and wasting time to drag these long training sessions from start to finish.
As Arthur Jones said decades ago, You can train hard or you can train long but you can’t do both.
4) In a nut shell, you must train smart AND hard. The incoming freshman need to be on a separate program compared to the experienced lifters on the team.
5) There is NO need for high school athletes to perform 1 Rep Maxes. We can measure their strength by simply tracking their progress and seeing improved technique, acquiring more reps, showing less fatigue from each workout, increasing weight on movements, etc.
A young athlete who is untrained does not have the mental readiness or the physical coordination to max out on back squats, bench presses and power cleans.
At the end of the day, anyone assuming the “Coach” position must live and breathe the pursuit of excellence. Give these young athletes everything you’ve got and nothing less. Never stop learning and become a die hard student of ALL facets of the game.
If strength & conditioning is not your forte, team up with an expert and bring him in to help you. Serving your ego serves no one else and as a Coach, it’s ALL about serving others. As you serve others the best knowledge, you ultimately rack up more wins.
It’s a simple equation. These kids deserve the best. Nothing less will suffice.
Time for Football Coaches to drop their egos and TRULY start caring for these kids and doing what is in the best interest of the kids. Threatening these Football Players who have worked so hard to get ahead and now to threaten them with the BS of “You need to show your face in the weight room Monday – Saturday or you’re not gonna play” is bull shyt.
When you TRULY care for the success of these kids AND your team, you will drop your ego. Parents need to step up and stop letting their kids get pushed into a crappy strength & conditioning program.
We’ve got Baseball, Football & Wrestling athletes training together.
How is that possible?
Simple, NOT easy 🙂
The fallacies of sports specific training and other gimmicks are confusing many athletes, parents and sport coaches.
Because we train for all around athleticism, our workouts build up the athlete’s strengths, attack their weak areas and make you better every workout.
The “sports specific” training is the sport itself. The training athletes need builds strength, flexibility, mobility, speed, power and confidence.
The mistake is to think each athlete can or can’t do all exercises.
During the In season is when the sport gets the changes to avoid overuse injuries but during the off season, we attack your weak areas and build you UP.
The Russian Kettlebells develop speed, athleticism, coordination, overall strength and mental toughness.
The Kettlebells are just 1 tool we use in a tool box.
These athletes are at the top of their game by training to become better.
The training they’re experiencing at The Underground Strength Gym compared to what their friends are following: laying on benches, machines, half reps, poor technique, etc leads to injury and NO results.
Ya gotta want it – once you want it and get committed, GREAT things happen!
“Are YOU Working Harder AND Smarter Than Your Competition?”
In 6 months Football doubles begin. Many schools have their own workouts and the Football Coaches fear what we do will hurt their kids or take them away from the team aspect of their very own Football workouts.
Here are a critical elements to our Underground Football Training Program:
– We don’t take away from hat you do in your high school weight room, we fill all the gaps and turn your weak areas into strong points.
– Our expertise is performance, just like your coach’s expertise is Football. Want the best results? You need an expert to help you. Period.
– We see countless varsity football players unable to perform 1 good push up, yet they are benching in high school. Unable to perform a proper bodyweight squat, yet they are being advised to squat with heavy weights on their back. This is dangerous. We understand how to properly organize workouts that are highly effective, safe and produce rapid results.
In 6 months when Football doubles begin you can show up ready to dominate or you wish you took immediate action.
As a parent, this is your opportunity to help your child reach his potential in Football, avoid sitting the bench and be a player who helps BIG things happen on the Gridiron.
We look forward to hearing from you. Sign up for your complimentary evaluation below. Thank You.
– Team Underground –
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Check out long time Underground Strength Gym members attacking a workout together in preparation for College Wrestling. In this video you’ll see Mario Mason of Rutgers, who began training with us his Senior year at Blair Academy to prep for his 3rd National Prep title.
Connor Gabriel, a former all state wrestler from Roselle Park, who will be playing Football this year at Del Val in addition to competing in wrestling.
In the video above you got a chance to see Bill Rauh, a Football Player & Wrestler from Edison and Dylan Marino, a Football Player & Wrestler from JP Stevens.
Both are new to wrestling and now attending wrestling clubs to catch up on their skills.
They are learning that wrestling will make them better at Football and vice versa. Being a multi-sport athlete who is stronger and faster than the competition adds more skill to your arsenal not just physically, but mentally as well.
When Billy started training here he was about 118 lbs and couldn’t deadlift 135 lbs, in the video you see him easily deadlifting 325 lbs!! 200 lbs More than when he started!
Dylan began in 7th grade and was barely able to perform a good push up, now a freshman, he is deadlifting 315 and went from 130 something lbs to 170 lbs!
Results don’t just happen, they are EARNED.
Becoming a champion athlete requires YOU to do the work that others aren’t willing to do.
PS: For a FREE Trial workout, call us at 732 379 9370.
Serious inquiries ONLY please, NOT all applicants are accepted.
Some Parents “get it”. They understand the need for off season training. Some Coaches “get it” and understand the need for their athletes to seek out expert training. Anthony Rosamilia is one of the Dads who “gets it”. See what he says about the results his son has experience since training here 1 1/2 years ago starting at a mere 88 lbs!
Ironically, I spoke with a president of a Pop Warner Football Team today. I spoke with him about offering a FREE Exploration day at The Underground or at a location of his choice and he said I was “too late, Football season ended a month ago.”
WOW, how’s that for LACK of support for off season training, and, that’s coming from the PRESIDENT of the Pop Warner League. It shows he has 2 issues:
1) He doesn’t care about REALLY helping the Pop Warner Football players
2) He doesn’t understand at all the power and importance of off season training
Athletes can train year round. There is nothing wrong with being physically active year round.
I spoke to another President right after from a close by town, and, he was super excited, told me he would connect with the parents ASAP and we would set up something for the parents of the 8th grade Football players to help them prepare for high school Football.
This parent understands the importance of off season training AND he is showing that he CARES.
Anthony Rosamilia CARES.
Not all parents or coaches care. It’s a shame to see these negative circumstances and unfortunately they exist, even coming from The President of a Pop Warner Football League 🙁
I feel bad for those kids to have such a S***ty League President. I suggest they vote someone else in 🙂
–Zach + team Underground–
PS: For those who care, we have 2 options:
1)Parents can call us for a FREE trial
2) Presidents / Booster Clubs can call us for FREE events such as Exploration Days, Lectures or Open QnA. Location can be The Underground Strength Gym or your school / training area.