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 had a recent conversation with a parent asking me about his son who is wrestling.
They have 3 weeks until Districts.
Is it bad to start training NOW? Will the kids lose flexibility, is it too hard, too much work, etc.
I replied, Here’s the worst thing that can happen: The Kids will Get Stronger, Faster & Tougher.
Why pass an opportunity to get better? An opportunity to gain more confidence and beat guys that beat you before?
Our recent success stories are posted on our Instagram, there are LOTS of athletes achieving more than ever before because their parents invested in helping their child get better.
This can be wrestling or ANY sport.
ALL athletes need an advantage, both physical and mental. That is what we do at The Underground, working mind AND body to rapidly increase performance both in sports and life. They go hand in hand.
The idea behind NOT getting better is a LOSING attitude.
You should constantly seek out ways to gain an advantage over your competition.
And, for our in season athletes, we perform shorter training sessions.
While the majority of athletes STOP in season performance training, THAT is when you have the fastest advantage because while the competition is getting weaker, you are getting stronger, faster and tougher.
These in season workouts make the athlete feel more energized.
We also educate our athletes on nutrition which can be a dramatic performance advantage within 2 or 3 days of eating better.
YES, you can boost performance in a short time.
Opportunity is Knocking.
Will you take it!
Want to Get The Unfair Advantage Over The Competition?
Parents – Sign Your Child Up for a Free Trial HERE
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
In the Fall of 2007 when we opened The Underground Strength Gym we began training adults after our athletes trained in the afternoon and evenings.
These 8 PM training sessions were short and intense.
The workouts were very similar to what our athletes did minus some specifics that just weren’t safe for most adults.
– We lessened and / or removed jump training.
– Mobility issues were addressed and complex movements such as Olympic Lifting were replaced with dumbbells, kettlebells and sandballs.
These modifications allowed us to safely perform full body exercises with a faster learning curve and in turn, faster results.
A BIG Goal When we train adults is this: We want to ensure that the training doesn’t take away from your life or daily activities.
The training should make your life BETTER.
I recall a friend of mine who had kids would go to a gym in the mornings and every workout was all about getting crushed.
This woman was already in great shape but her back began hurting on a regular basis, her shoulder was throbbing and she had LESS energy, not more.
She felt like the overly intense training was interfering with her family life so she had to stop.
I took that lesson to heart and as an adult / parent myself, I know how much energy it takes!
Training harder and crushing you every workout isn’t better. Better is BETTER.
Proper training makes you feel better. It’s not about exhausting you.
We also limited the timed workouts such as get as many rounds of this or that. I found technique would get thrown out the window as time or getting more rounds became the priority.
There are other ways to compete with yourself in others and with yourself during each training session but Technique Is ALWAYS # 1.
When you train in our adult strength classes, you’ll go through a warm up to get the mind and body ready.
As a beginner or advanced lifter, you can train side by side with other adults regardless of their or your experience because we use a model with progressions and regressions.
If someone is performing squats or deadlifts with a barbell, you might use Kettlebells or a bodyweight variation to build you UP to that level of strength & fitness.
To say EVERYONE has to deadlift isn’t safe, smart or effective.
Even our athletes train like this.
You train in a group yet sometimes you’re doing a different variation of that exercise that is best suited for you! To force everyone into the same exercise variation is not safest or most effective.
To help our adults improve on each training cycle, we perform full body workouts 3 – 4 x week. How often you train is up to you. I tell adults that 2 x week is 200% more than ZERO training sessions each week.
These workouts are similar in nature for 2 – 3 weeks to help the body adapt with improvements in technique, strength, stamina and overall fitness. After 2 weeks, we switch up the workout to keep the body from adapting but each week helps build you into the next week.
If we constantly vary the exercises every single training session & every week you actually NEVER get good at those exercises.
In turn, you hinder your results because you spend excess time on technique vs training at an adequate intensity with movements and exercises that you are learning to master.
Or, On the flip side, if you skip the learning of technique and push the intensity too soon, you end up injured and / or discouraged.
We don’t do what isn’t right for you.
Men and Women CAN be Strong, Fit and Athletic. The key is, a proven training system that Builds you UP instead of breaks you down.
We’re psyched for you to begin Training with us at The Scotch Plains Underground Strength Gym and we will transform you NOT just physically, but also emotionally and mentally.
It’s ALL about The STRONG Life: Mind, Body & LIFE!
I wrote this book to inspire, educate and empower our youth, from middle school & up, The Encyclopedia
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