Prepare for a FUN time! ALL of our fundraisers create an experience that encourages all to have fun and do their best for a great cause! It doesn’t matter how strong you are, what matters is we all come together to benefit those who need our support!
ALL are welcome, Participants need not be a current member of Underground Strength Gym to enter and participate.
In the past, we’ve had participants travel from all around NJ, NY, Ct, Del. and even Mass.!
The Underground Strength Gym has held a fundraiser EVERY year since opening in 2007.
The early fundraisers were all benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Once the Manasquan Underground Strength Gym opened, we began holding fundraisers for Military Non Profit Foundations and this is our 2nd event benefiting The Navy SEAL Foundation!
The Fundraiser Will Have Four Divisions:
Middle School boys / girls
High School boys / girls
Adult male / female (High School Graduates)
Masters Adult (40 yrs old+) in male and female categories
Each division will consist of 4 events, and points will be awarded for each event.
Prizes for the Top 3 Place winners in each division with a male / female category.
A combo Parent / Child division takes the cumulative score of parent and child in their respective divisions.
The Four events for the High School & Adult Division Are:
50-100 lbs medicine ball shouldering for max reps in 30 seconds
Bench Press for Max Reps of a given weight
1 rep rising bar max out on the trap bar deadlift, and…..
a mystery event!
Middle School Competitors:
– max reps of a dumbbell clean and press in 30 seconds
– medicine ball shouldering for max reps in 30 seconds
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.
The Underground Strength Gym has Coached & Consulted with Over 1,000 Athletes from the youth level to the Olympic level using our Results Proven Training methods. To help your child achieve more success sign up for a FREE Trial TODAY.
Above: Ray Jaz / NYU Wrestling, Bryan McLaughin / Woodbridge Wrestling (Drexel Commit) / John Poznaski / Colonia Wrestling
The Importance of Strength Training for In-Season Athletes
Many athletes and their parents are quite often worried about too much stress on the body during their sports season. They are right to be concerned, but they are mistaken to completely ditch their strength and conditioning program.
When an athlete is trained properly, he / she CAN handle in season strength training. In fact, this athlete will THRIVE and make progress while the competition begins to regress as the season continues.
But, an athlete who eats poorly, is inconsistent with strength & conditioning and has a “good enough” attitude towards training will never succeed at the highest levels.
And who wants to be good enough, right?
Being Stronger, Faster, More Confident & Less Susceptible to Injury is always a BIG advantage for athletes!
A properly designed and implemented strength and conditioning program during the IN Season is key for an athlete’s performance and health throughout the year, ESPECIALLY during the times they are in season.
Here are 4 Crucial Reasons Athletes Should Continue Strength & Conditioning In Season If They Want to Win More:
1) GET STRONGER WHILE THE COMPETITION GETS WEAKER
The Strength base is the foundation for an athletes sports performance: Speed, Explosive Power, Confidence……
Who wants to be weaker than the competition? NO Strength Work in season = Getting Weaker.
When you do not strength train for 2 – 3 weeks, the athlete will begin the process of losing strength, losing flexibility, endurance, confidence and sometimes athleticism & coordination is lost as well (depending on their sport).
Using proper in season strength training with short workouts, 1-2 times a week (some of our highly motivated athletes train more) during the season, depending on the sport being played, will help build upon the athlete’s off season Improvements and can even increase them farther.
An athlete should always be looking to increase their performance in season.
After all, The Season is what you’ve trained so hard for all through your off season.
In College, ALL athletes train year round. College athletes & coaches KNOW that this is crucial for having the physical and mental edge over the competition. But, for high school athletes, too often their parents pull them from in season training and tell us later, this was a big mistake they wish they never made.
Some of our athletes only train once a week for 25 minutes on average.
More is not better. Better is better when it comes to training athletes.
2) MINIMIZE / REDUCE INJURIES
Reducing your chances of injury is something all athletes are paying attention to.
Parents as well. The injury rate of athletes has increased dramatically through the years due to too much sports skill practice and not enough joint / muscular strength.
Almost all sports will cause muscular imbalances that can lead to injuries. Through receiving proper coaching, an athlete can improve their imbalances which improves sports performance. By improving your muscular imbalances you will reduce the risk of injury. 3) IMPROVE RECOVERY
Training in season will improve the recovery of the athlete.
Athletes are bound to get sore and beat up during their seasons. The best medicine for an achy body and muscles is movement to bring blood flow and range of motion. A proper workout will help ease this soreness, and keep the athlete ready to perform.
The goal of our in season strength program at The Underground Strength Gym is to improve your sport workouts / practices, NOT to take away from your sports performance.
Our motto is you’re done before you’re done.
Training optimally in season, NOT maximally. This type of smarter training improves your recovery and improves your performance.
4) BOOST CONFIDENCE
One of the biggest benefits of strength training is not the physical, but the mental strength you will develop and build upon.
In Season Strength Training creates a sense of confidence and mental toughness within the athlete that is above and beyond the competition who is not strength training in season. Training in-season will keep this mental edge and a dramatic leg up on the competition.
As you can see, in season strength training has powerful benefits when properly implemented.
Here is something to remember while wondering if you should come in and train…
“Doing a short 25 – 45 minute in season workout is 100% more than doing nothing to get better.”
If you want to be GREAT….
If you want to Win More…..
If you want the opportunity to achieve your best, then there truly is NO option.
Find the time to train in season while the competition finds excuses.
Parents – Sign Your Child Up for A FREE Trial & Athlete Assessment HERE
What You Do Outside the Gym Matters Just As Much As What You Do IN The Gym
Coach Andy Wary
Many athletes and their parents alike think that getting to the gym is the end-all and only way they can get better.
When in reality, the gym is only a small fraction of your overall training. There are MANY opportunities for our athletes in Scotch Plains, Manasquan & Middlesex.
Here are 6 key tips that can and SHOULD be done outside of the gym to become a More Successful Athlete in Sports AND Life:
1. The first and foremost area that should be taken care of to increase an athlete’s performance is eating correctly and getting enough rest.
Follow our Nutrition guidelines from your welcome packet. We’re always amazed how many athletes eat processed foods or skip breakfast altogether.
Dedication takes NO vacation.
Proper nutrition pays dividends to size, strength, and performance. Rest is needed when the body is put under stress to recover and become stronger.
As my friend Joe DeSena says from Spartan Race, “Nothing good happens after 9 o’clock at night”.
If you’re spending endless hours on video games and your cell phone, you’re “grinding” has NOTHING to do with getting better. Get rid of technology in your room and get to bed by 10 PM.
Stress is not only from the gym, but also from practice and even life in general. The stress of technology hinders your overall performance. Discipline yourself to NOT be a slave to your phone.
2. Doing things correctly.
You may ask what things?…. Everything! From something simple as seeing the trash is full and taking it out, to doing homework to the best of your ability etc. Doing the simple things right will carry over to the rest of your life.
“How You Do Anything is How You Do Everything”
3. Doing the extras.
This can be doing extra credit at school for a better grade, bodyweight exercises at home, watching YouTube videos to practice technique… any extra work that will make you better!
When your body is run down and beaten up, will you go the will you make the decision to sit at home and play video game or perform a short workout at home to make your body feel better?
5. Choosing who you associate with.
Your friends will either elevate you or destroy you, choose wisely.
6. Learn and read every day.
Take every opportunity to make yourself better through learning and creating the right mental mind set.
Doing these 6 things throughout your week will bring about a dramatic amount of benefits to your overall life, not only athletics. After all, the gym is only a very small percentage of your week, why not make the best of the rest of your time?
I wrote this book to inspire, educate and empower our youth, from middle school & up, The Encyclopedia
of Underground Strength has been endorsed by Navy SEALs, Coaches & Athletes around the world
This is a powerful mindset video I want to share with our athletes in Manasquan, Edison and soon Scotch Plains…..
The mind is so crucial to success not just in sports, but in ALL areas of life.
Being a Champion in Sports but mediocre or “good enough” in your academics and social life is unacceptable.
That’s NOT what we teach at The Underground Strength Gym.
Be GREAT in ALL areas of your life. Consistency in your Relentless Pursuit of Excellence must be expected from yourself first and foremost. When you hold yourself to a higher standard, you make yourself better and everyone else around you better.
If you’re a team sport athlete, I always remind you, your team is only as strong as your weakest player.
Do you want to be great?
Wondering when or how your success will finally happen?
Watch this important video and share with any coaches / parents / friends who would benefit from this video.