I have a common saying that I share with the athletes when I want to have lessons hit home, here it is: Success Leaves Clues.
So, when I look at our MOST Successful Athletes, NOT just in Sports but in other Areas of their Life, Here are The Common Success Traits:
Tip # 1: Be Consistent All Year. Both Off Season AND In Season. Common sense tells you that you can NOT continue to get Stronger, Faster, More Explosive, etc if you don’t train for it.
Look at D1 sports. The athletes train ALL year. They don’t Stop Strength & Performance training In Season or Only train the 3 months pre season. The Best Athletes Find a way to train in season. Average athletes always bail out in season.
Tip # 2: Success Takes NO Vacations. You Must Decide as an Athlete or a Parent if you want your child to be GREAT or just to be part of the team. BIGGER Success requires Greater work ethic and dedication. This Dedication spans in ALL areas of life: Academics, Athletics, Social Circles, Nutrition, Lifestyle, etc.
Our best athletes are Hungry for Success in ALL areas of their life, not just sports.
Tip # 3: Our most Successful athletes have supportive Parents.
When an athlete or parent says “It’s too far away” or “He’s too busy”we always have a long list of people driving 45 minutes each way both in season and off season, who also have excellent grades while in AP classes.
Success is a CHOICE.
We also have athletes who live 5 minutes away who are “too busy” and have “too much homework”.
Success leaves clues. We all have 24 hours a day, some of us choose to use time in a productive manner. Our Time is the level playing field.
Tip # 4: How Do You Handle Setbacks?
If you’re pushing the envelope in sports training you will get some bumps and bruises & some will get injured seriously. Sports have NO absolutes. Even the most dialed in athlete can get injured.
Now, how do you handle these setbacks? Do you quit and lie on the couch, sulking and feeling sorry for yourself. Our BEST athletes find a way to train around their injuries. This keeps them ready both physically and mentally.
You can find a way or find an excuse. Champions find a way!
Tip # 5: Are You Coachable?
From The youth level to The D1 level we’ve worked with athletes who are humble, open minded and hard working as well as excuse makers and complainers. Who do you think Succeeds the most? There is “the secret” right there. It ALL counts, what you do in the gym, practice, at home, in the kitchen, etc. It ALL adds up. The more good you do the more successful you will be.
If you have all the answers and don’t like to be coached then you will hit a wall and the highly dedicated athletes WILL pass you by.
Tip # 6: Details and Consistency …..
Just because you train with us doesn’t mean you will achieve the same success as our most successful athletes. The BIG success lies in the details.
– Do you follow our Nutrition protocols ALL the time or only when convenient?
– Do you do the extra mobility, stretching and extra training we give you to do at home or do you only train when a Coach tells you what to do?
– Do you show up 5 minutes early and stay 5 minutes extra to do the little extras that add up to BIG victories?
Ultimately, Success is in your hands.
We’ve trained over 1,000 athletes since 2002 and the bottom line is that YOU can be a TOP athlete. Success Leaves Clues. Take these tips and apply them starting right NOW.
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3 TIPS For NJ Athletes Who Want MORE Success In Sports AND Life
The past few years have been the most confusing times for parents seeking to help their kids achieve greater success in sports. There are literally millions upon millions of articles, videos and other content pieces on the internet delivering information on how to train for sports.
The main issue is that very few of these informational pieces are tested or proven to be effective and more importantly, safe. There is little to no filter to determine what gets shared on the internet or not. Before you know it, you are overwhelmed with information and get trapped in fads and gimmicks vs results.
To help your child achieve more success in sports, I’m going to share with you 3 critical tips that will not only help your child achieve greater success in sports, but also in life. Time is of the essence and if you waste time on ineffective, unsafe training methods, your child never gets this time back.
Tip # 1: Be Consistent All Year. Both Off Season AND In Season.
This seems so basic yet it is actually rarely put to use. The athletes who train year round, consistently are those who achieve more success and have less injuries that sideline them during the season.
Look at D1 sports. The athletes train ALL year. They don’t Stop Strength & Performance training in season or Only train the 3 months pre season.
Success Takes NO Vacations. You Must Decide as a Parent if you want your child to be GREAT or just to be part of the team. BIGGER Success requires Greater work ethic and dedication.
Throughout the years I have noticed a BIG decline in consistency for in season strength & conditioning with athletes.
Parents get caught up in over doing the skill work and what ends up happening is the athlete increases his risk for the following:
Overuse injuries. Too much repetition of movement without the required tendon / ligament and muscular strength to handle the repetitive forces increases injuries.
Psychological Burn Out. When an athlete gets no rest or break from skill work not only do they get physically run down and eventually injured, they also get mentally burnt out. The mental burn out leads to doubt, lack of confidence, lack of enthusiasm for training and lack of passion for the sport altogether.
Strength & performance training is best performed year round, having different programs for the off season and in season.
An in season program can be as short as 1 – 2 sessions a week and lasting less than 30 minutes at a clip. Once a week training = 100% more than ZERO training.
If you stop training in season, you can’t expect to improve, let alone maintain strength and power output in your sport. After 2 weeks of skipped performance training, the gains built up in the off season will begin to decline.
The most important time to continue strength & performance work is IN season because the athlete is already performing 6 days a week of skill and competition training. As an athlete and parent, this is a BIG opportunity to get ahead of your competition because the majority of athletes / coaches completely stop in season training and double up on skill work, which is the exact opposite of what successful athletes do.
Commitment to a year round performance program not only develops a more “bulletproof” body against injuries but it also teaches the athlete the commitment required to succeed in life. When the going gets tough and times are busy, you learn how to commit to your training program and you rise above those who quit during tough times or busy times. This is a Lifestyle choice.
An effective strength and performance program will build the mind just as much as it builds the body. A strong mind is the ticket to success in sports and life!
Tip # 2: Get Stronger. Parents and athletes have been tricked into thinking strength is a bad thing. You hear the fallacy of “strength will slow you down”, “strength will add bulk”, “strength training will hurt you”.
Strength Is NEVER A Weakness
If it was so easy to get strong and bulky you would see countless high school athletes 200 + lbs with lean muscle. But, this is simply NOT the case. Success takes Work both in the gym and at home from nutrition to sleep to overall lifestyle.
Injuries comes from being weak and inadequately prepared. Anything done incorrectly (Sports Skills, Strength Work, Speed Work, etc) will hurt you, slow you down and impede your performance.
When strength training is properly performed, the athlete becomes:
– Faster & More Explosive
– Less likely to get injured
– Develops greater speed and power
– Increases confidence and mental toughness
Why do we see 3 – 4 times as many athletic injuries among high school athletes than we did 10 years ago?
The big issue is because they have not developed the strength to tolerate the overuse of skill work.
When you’re body is weak, it will find a way to stop your training if you refuse to slow down. Injuries are mother nature’s way of sending the body messages that something is NOT right.
Through the past few years I have seen countless varsity athletes come to The Underground Strength Gym unable to perform 1 good bodyweight squat, 1 pull up and 10 push ups. We see weak muscles, tight muscles and poor movement patterns.
Things MUST change if you want to Succeed. Calisthenics and proper mechanics are a must if you want to excel in your chosen sports.
No amount of speed & agility work will fix these weak muscles. The development of speed comes from developing greater strength and learning how to move better.
Looking at the opposite end of the spectrum, if your child is among a group of athletes all with a high level of skill, he will hit a wall eventually if he does not get stronger.
To separate himself from the pack, he must develop greater strength which will carry over to better skill and technique in their sport.
Tip # 3. Live The Lifestyle, 365.
At The Underground Strength Gym we teach our athletes what we call “Live The Code 365.” The foundation is built upon honesty, integrity, commitment and work ethic.
This means that every day they are improving and striving for excellence in all areas of your life, every day. Every day, you must improve in at least one area of your life, be it academics, nutrition, sleep, your training, the people you hang out with and even the way you think, the books you read and the movies you watch.
At the end of each day, the athlete should be honest with himself and be able to truly know if he has improved in at least one area in life. Success in sports and life go hand in hand.
To achieve greater success you need to work smarter, not just harder. Achieving goals requires consistency and work ethic. A strong mind will teach you to overcome obstacles and to rebound from setbacks rather than being stuck in a rut.
The most powerful lesson learned through a safe and effective strength & performance program is the ability to overcome the challenges in training, all of which require a strong mind.
Don’t get caught up in the fads or the gimmicks. Don’t get overwhelmed and confused with the countless information pieces you see everywhere. It is the commitment and consistency to a safe and effective program that will help your child take his / her success in sports and life to the next level.
Zach Even – Esh is The Founder of The Underground Strength Gym in NJ with Locations in Manasquan, Scotch Plains & Middlesex.
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Van Miller discusses that he’s been training year round since 7th grade, all year, every year.
You can train JUST in the off season, but even with ZERO knowledge of sports performance, Understand this simple concept:
– When you STOP training for Strength, Speed, Power & Confidence, you can NOT Gain, let alone maintain these physical and emotional traits
– The longer you go without proper training, the more you lose strength, speed, power & confidence.
– Often times, the Most important time of the season is the end when you have the Biggest competitions. Why work hard all off season and stop the Very thing that gives you the edge when you need it the most?
Take a look around at what “normal” athletes are doing…..
Before I share some Great News, I want to share a favorite quote we must start implementing in our LIFE.
Apply these words to your training and your life and you WILL begin achieving more success as you push outside your comfort zone.
We call this getting comfortable being Uncomfortable.
CONGRATS TO THE MEN IN THE ARENA
Manasquan & Edison Underground Strength Gym
Many of you like to stay quiet about your accomplishments and I like that. Stay Humble. Always.
I like that a lot. You don’t brag and you don’t make excuses for your losses either. Many excuse makers quickly point the finger for their losses with “I got ripped off” or “We don’t have our own wrestling room” or “We need turf….”
You must OWN your setbacks, not just your success.
At The Underground Strength Gym, Your success stories will inspire others to aim bigger, both our current athletes and athletes of the future who will train here. I am often sharing stories with our athletes because I want them to see that the blue print is there.
It’s another reminder that it takes HARD WORK and Consistency, NONE of the success stories happen in 6 weeks or 3 months. It is a process. That is The TRUTH.
And because We are a private club vs the type of place that allows anyone and everyone to train here, we set different standards than the norm and we push for greatness and reject mediocrity.
NOT all of our athletes and parents understand this type of commitment just yet.
Some think we’re too serious, but, I see it as loving the hard work and going out there to have FUN, competing at your best ability. Why would you compete and not prepare yourself as best as possible to succeed?
Sounds crazy to me but MANY athletes are competing and do ZERO work in the off season to get better.
Our BEST athletes have Supportive Parents.
– Parents driving them to sports clubs
– Parents driving them to The Underground Strength Gym
– Parents stocking the cabinets and fridge with healthy foods
– Parents who do NOT enable excuses for their son
Making yourself better is about LIFE, not just about sports.
Putting yourself out there, challenging yourself, working hard to achieve goals, refusing to be “normal” ….
THAT is FUN, and, there is PLENTY of time to live a balanced life by training a few times a week. Too many athletes are delusional about what it takes to succeed and they think if they can’t sit at the beach all day or they can’t be at the mall all weekend that their lives will be uprooted.
The thing that is NOT FUN is to show up and giving half hearted efforts.
When you make excuses you are competing to LOSE and be Average at best.
To compete in your sports and not even try to give it your best is to sacrifice your own gift. You will grow old and NEVER KNOW what you could have achieved and what type of success you could have become.
THAT is NOT FUN. So STOP thinking that you have no time when the truth is, we ALL have the time. The difference between Champions and those who don’t achieve success is that The Champion OWNS his Life.
The Champions takes 100% responsibility and accountability for their actions.
It’s always more FUN and rewarding when you go out there, day in and day out doing your best. When you TRULY give it your ALL, you can walk tall for a lifetime.
At the end of the day it’s up to YOU.
All Americans & MEN IN THE ARENA from Manasquan & Edison Underground Strength Gym
– 2 weeks ago Luke Niemeyertook 1st at War at The Shore as a Freshman in the 14 YO Division
– Luke Also became a Freshman All American this past weekend placing 8th at Freshman Nationals at 195 lbs
More All Americans
– 6th at 138: Robbie Cleary (Edison)
– 3rd at 160: Bryan McLaughlin (Woodbridge)
Congrats to Eric Keosseian of Howell who has been competing like a madman, chasing the challenges and hunting down Gold Medals!
Flo Nationals where Eric placed 8th to become an All American then Va Beach Nationals but unfortunately came down with a stomach bug on his 2nd day. Eric is fired up to succeed. That’s how we must ALL be, fired up and self motivated.
Self Discipline Leads to SELF Motivation.
Advice from a Navy SEAL (Jocko Willink) on Disciplining Yourself……
What You Need Is SELF DISCIPLINE
– Your parents can NOT give it to you, neither can your coaches.
– When it’s competition time, all the screaming, shouting and coaching will not help you “Rise to the Occasion”.
– The TRUTH is, You FALL to the level of your Training.
– Train HARD and Train to WIN and you will WIN more than the athlete who makes excuses. Period.
That’s ALL you CAN do.
Give it your best and Nothing Less. Your efforts are under YOUR control. Do it NOW because time goes TOO fast and before you know it, you’re a senior in high school scrambling to make it all work.
You’ll regret all those excuses for the rest of your life….
Or, you’ll live a life pretending it never mattered.
It DOES matter.
That goes for training, school, social life, academics, work and all other areas of your life.
Some of our athletes quietly come to The Underground Strength Gym, doing their training with a RARE, quiet intensity. They don’t say much but their intensity speaks quite loud….
I find out about the success stories of our Manasquan & Edison athletes through following a newspaper reporter on Twitter or Facebook.
I get a text message or perhaps an e mail from the parents or the athlete telling me how they did at a recent competition.
Some of our athletes and parents are private, they don’t want to even tell me about their success stories. They feel as if they are bragging so they don’t tell others.
I understand both aspects…… The quiet intensity AND the pride and desire to tell others about your success.
You fear that if you tell others it will look like bragging, but it is not bragging.
We LOVE hearing your success that comes through your dedication and hard work.
You EARNED your success.
Remember: You Get What You Earn!
This morning, I came across some posts from coaches and parents and saw some great news I want to share with some powerful lessons behind them.
– I saw The Santaniello bros placed In States.
Vincent placed 5th and Anthony 4th.
They are both work horses, these 2 boys.
We’ve been working together for a long time now at The Underground Strength Gym. Anthony started in 5th grade and Vincent began in 7th grade.
Weekdays, Weekends…. These boys are here on the attack along with our other middle school athletes.
Often times I give these boys the opportunity to finish their workout and then I turn around and they’re doing what we call “Champion Workouts”.
This is when the athlete trains through his OWN desire. You give them the opportunity to stop or leave and they refuse to stop, they go and train more. Their inner drive guides them to work harder than the competition.
I’ll see The Santaniello bros and the other boys from our “middle school wrecking crew” climbing the rope, doing pull ups, pushing sleds and more.
When I see the extra work, THAT is the difference maker.
We Can’t Make You Do the Extra Work, YOU Must WANT It Yourself.
After seeing the news of Anthony & Vincent achieving All State Honors….
I saw a Facebook Post about 1 of our Edison Underground Strength Gym Wrestlers, Anthony White of South Plainfield.
The post I caught was from Steve Giordano, 1 of the best coaches and athletes I’ve ever known.
Steve was a very big inspiration to me as he was a few years ahead of me in my younger years and I would see Steve in the newspaper or at the local gym tearing the place apart with his intensity.
I STILL remember seeing how intensely he trained at the gym. The memory is imprinted in my mind and that was dating back to the Summer of 1991!
The Post Said….. “Congrats to Anthony White. STATE CHAMP.”
I saw the post around 11 AM on Sunday and I was in shock and also a bit confused for a second because after every training day, my coaches and I check in with one another regarding who trained that day, who skipped their workout, who cancelled, who worked hard, who didn’t work hard, injuries, etc……
And the E Mail from SUNDAY morning says “Anthony White was in and he killed it…..”
I start thinking to myself if we have ANOTHER Anthony White because I JUST saw that Anthony White won the states by PIN yesterday. I’m asking myself how the heck he trained the day after winning a state title?!?!
I’m also thinking and assuming that Anthony would probably be exhausted the day after winning a state tournament and would need to sleep in Sunday morning, especially being it was day light savings AND he probably needed the rest after battling through a state tournament??!!!
So I e mail Coach Rosa to double check and he tells me YES indeed, Anthony not only killed the workout but he also didn’t look the least bit tired.
This story reminded me of how Dan Gable went running the day after he won The Olympic Gold Medal.
Anything more that needs to be said about Anthony’s work ethic and dedication is a waste of time & energy if you don’t understand what this young kid is doing through his OWN motivation and how this applies to your success or perhaps your lack of success.
The Other Side of The Story…
Last week I had an athlete on a JV team tell me he missed workouts because he maxed out in the high school weight room.
If you’re on Varsity and the top recruit on the east coast, OK, maybe you’re busy doing a LOT of work.
If you’re NOT dominating the competition, WHAT excuses can anyone have that is truly valid? The answer is None!
Let me explain…..
Maxing Out in high school doesn’t exhaust you. We’ve been training Football Players since Day 1 and the BEST always show up even when doing these “max outs”.
And by the way, high school athletes who max out are often NOT technically or emotionally ready to hit their best 1 Rep Max AND use safe, proper technique. At The Underground we test every workout, BUT, it doesn’t have to be a 1 rep max. We push for regular progress but it ALL comes down to doing it right.
When you’re in shape as we train you to be, the training we do does NOT interfere with your sports practice or your lifting outside of here. You CAN handle lifting or sports practice and then come to The Underground.
The Champion wants MORE than the norms. Joe Average will make excuses.
WHO are you?
What type of athlete are you?
The norms are doing exactly what your teammates are doing.
The norms are doing what the competition does.
Do NOT get comfortable because maybe you’re the best kid on YOUR team or the strongest athlete in the weight room. “Big fish in a small pond” scenario.
Or, you live in the past……
The glory days….
Your team USED to be good or USED to dominate. The past is GONE. Stop being delusional and taking pride in how your team USED to be. NOW is what counts. Period.
I’ve seen MANY “Gym Strong” athletes who can bench heavier than everyone else BUT, their training does NOT carry over to their sports performance. When we train you at The Underground Strength Gym, the goal is giving you the edge BOTH physically and mentally in Your Sports.
The training has what is called “Transfer of Sport” so it makes you better in your sport. When you win a Football game, Wrestling match, etc no one asks you how much you bench? You either win or lose.
No one asked Anthony White how many pull ups he can do or how fast his 1 mile run is. He won the GOLD medal and is a NJ State Champ. Results Count!
This is why we don’t give a crap when an athlete tells us “I maxed out at school and Squatted 365.”
Then, the same athletes squats with us, yet he is Squatting 165.
WHY the 200 lb difference?
Because of EXCELLENCE. We do it right. Half reps don’t get approved here.
Technique and Sports Performance, THAT is what counts. The half rep, dangerous technique max outs and round back lifts do NOT aid your sports performance. Period.
Those who dog it in their training, making excuses and avoiding the work, eventually, it catches up to them and the lackluster results show up.
I see it ALL the time in ALL sports. Baseball, Football, Wrestling, Soccer, Swimming, Basketball. The truth catches up to you! You get what you earn.
Even though this ad below from Ernest Shackleton is a folk tale, I wonder which of our athletes would apply if this was related to training for sports?
Sounds crazy, and if people wanna call me crazy that is ALL good by me, because the “normal” people never achieve greatness.
I WANT to work with the Crazy Athletes who are hungry to become Champions.
In fact, We ONLY want to work with Hard Working, Highly Motivated, Hungry, Dedicated Athletes …..
THESE are the Young Men Wanted for The Underground Strength Gym of Edison and Manasquan.
IF the Coach is more fired up than you are to attack training, you’re not digging deep enough. You don’t want it bad enough. You think you’re good enough.
Good Enough is the Death of Greatness
You’re just “playing sports”….. That’s how many see it. Just happy to be part of the team, not caring about that losing record year after year.
What we do in Sports is sooooo much more than “playing sports”……
It’s a journey you take in life, where you face obstacles and must slay your inner demons, slay the dragons on your back that try to hold you down and conform you to become like “everybody else”.