The Underground Strength Gym originated in my parents garage and backyard, around 2002.
Then, in 2004 I began training athletes from my first home in Edison.
We’d train in my garage, backyard and down the street at the local playground.
The training was extremely intense and parents drove their kids to my house from up to 1 hour away, each way! That is NOT the norm nowadays, especially with the explosion of everyone calling themselves A “Strength Coach”, I’ve learned MANY parents are perfectly happy with the Coach who is cheaper and more convenient.
As a Parent, not just as a Coach, I am still shocked at how I’ve had parents ask me for a discount while they talk to me from their car that costs anywhere from $50K – $110K.
As if the $50 discount is going to change their mind.
You either want the best for your child or not.
I’ll certainly come across as arrogant and rude through this but that’s not my point.
My point is this:
Kids don’t know any better.
Many people talk about “This Generation” but it’s actually the Parents.
The parents are in charge, NOT the kids.
Now, more than ever, kids need hard training, hard work, a great atmosphere and a mentor to show them how hard training carries over in life.
My friend texted me this morning and said, “In my 30 years of coaching, the past 10-15 years I am always teaching mental toughness, dedication and discipline. Before that I taught mostly sports skills. Times have changed.”
Yes, times have changed, it’s a fact and we must be able to find a way to make it work.
If you’re a parent reading this, put off splurging on your fancy car, fancy clothes, fancy watch, etc and invest in your child.
Also, if finances are truly a challenge for you, NEVER ask for a discount when your BMW, Range Rover or Cadillac Escalade are parked 20 feet away.
This simply shows that you care more about how others view you than giving your child the best opportunities to succeed.
Kids grow up TOO fast.
I see them as 7th graders and before I know it they are seniors. Our most successful athletes always had the best support system, their parents.
Those who had parents who were looking to cut corners, their kids began doing the same and had an heir of “I’m good enough”.
If “good enough” is what you want for your kids, sorry for wasting your time!
I would certainly say I don’t fit into this world where average is accepted and excellence is punished.
Train to WIN in Sports And Life, I see no other way!
This one goes out to our athletes and the parents at The Edison & Manasquan Underground Strength Gym.
This also goes out to all of you who follow what we do locally and around the world.
It’s an honor to share and inspire you through our training methods. It truly is……
As always, this one is passionate and from the heart.
It will inspire some, offend some and the many in between won’t give a s–t because they prefer to be “good enough” over the Relentless Pursuit of Excellence.
Those who have experienced our training “get it”.
We are Much More….
We are BEYOND the points on the score board, the championships you win and the trophies you earn.
Those “things” come and go, but to live a STRONG Life beyond your competitive years as a sports athlete is where the TRUE Beauty and Power lies.
The Videos below are from Navy SEALs.
After our recent success with The Navy SEAL Fundraiser held at The Manasquan Underground Strength Gym, I wanted to hit this message home on another level.
Most of our athletes understood the importance of showing up while others made excuses when they could have made it. I can’t accept that.
After 9-11 happened when I lives in Edison, NJ, it changed the way I view our freedom, our Military, our safety and ALL the simple things many continue to take for granted.
It’s easy to help an athlete get Stronger, Faster & Tougher. It really is.
The TOUGH part is finding athletes who WANT it along with Parents who SUPPORT it.
I do Hate sounding like a Preacher so listen to these Navy SEAL Life Tips from former Navy SEAL, David Rutherford. I wish they taught this stuff in the schools.
Athletes need to hear this:
11 Navy SEAL Life Tips for Manasquan Athletes / Edison Athletes:
1) Have a Positive Attitude & Develop Your Self Confidence.
– You will NEVER have the confidence unless you put in the Hard, Consistent Work. Training at The Underground helps you KNOW that you are training above & beyond your competition.
2) Every Single Day Respect Your Mind, Body, Soul & Heart
– This requires taking the road less traveled. Your friends will call you “crazy” because you’re not doing what they do. NEVER follow the common man’s path. Be an UN-common Man.
3) PT your brain, read books, explore what’s out there.
– Read the GREAT books we talk about at The Underground & recommend through our Member’s Only Newsletter. Read in the Morning before school and read again at night. Great Books change lives.
4) Be Motivated Every day.
– Motivation is ALL around you. Motivation is a daily choice, as is strength or weakness. Your Motivation will run deep through your veins when you set BIG goals and understand your WHY.
5) Set Goals Every Single of your Life
– Never aimlessly go about your day. Never show up to practice or to The Underground letting things happen to you randomly. MAKE it happen. Your GOALS will inspire you to live the Relentless Pursuit of Excellence.
6) Live a Righteous Life. You ALL understand the difference between right and wrong. LIVE with Integrity.
– Inspire others around you. Represent your family, your school. your team, your coaches and The Underground. It’s NOT all about you. Take the focus off yourself. TEAM Life is the way.
7) Find a Mentor & Mentor Others.
– If you’re young, look to those who have accomplished big things and learn from them. If you are older, help the younger crew out. I expect this at The Underground Strength Gym as well. Our college athletes must set the tone for our high school athletes. Our high school athletes must set the tone for our middle school athletes.
8) Have FUN & Laugh Every Single Day. LOVE all the work you’re putting into sports, life, school and ALL other Areas of Your Life.
– Hard Work IS Fun. It’s Awesome. Stop looking at the hard work & dedication as punishment. Hard Work & all that lies ahead of you is a Gift.
9) You HAVE to be committed to the Team You’re On. Commitment is the # 1 Mission towards Success.
– This isn’t easy for all of you. Unfortunately, some of you have Coaches who don’t care. In addition, you have teammates that don’t care. Yes, that sucks BUT the Reality is that YOU can step up and become a leader. A leader teachers others how to lead.
You can organize team training at The Underground Strength Gym, at the local park and more. Instead of blaming others, step up and lead while building more leaders.
10) Train HARD Every Day.
– “I’m too busy” is the biggest bunch of BS ever. If we tracked the time you spent on your iPhone every day we can easily use that time for productive actions that make you a Stronger Person, not just a Stronger Athlete.
11) Communicate effectively, Listen to others & Hear what people are saying.
– When we send e mails, READ them. Parents, forward these e mails to your son. Athletes, forward the e mails to Mom / Dad.
When we tell you how to eat, how to do extra work at home… Pay Attention and DO it.
Communicate with us. Injuries, set backs, challenges, tough times and good times. Keep us in the know. Being an effective communicator means we can count on you and we don’t need to guess.
These 11 Tips from Navy SEALs are not just to be applied some of the time….
Not just throughout high school….
These tips are to be applied to your LIFE. FOREVER.
HUGE thanks to Andy Stumpf for inspiring me to help his Man On A Mission fundraiser. It was something that can not be described through my words and The Underground Strength Gym is honored to have been a part of this honorable cause.
Our story was featured in The Asbury Park Press HEREAnd, The Coast Star. I want to thank Chris Neely & Jerry Carino for supporting our mission which is MUCH bigger than teaching athletes how to WIN more titles and score more points.
After interviewing Navy SEAL, Andy Stumpf for my STRONG Life Podcast, we came up with a plan t0 work together and do something BIGGER for The Navy SEAL Foundation.
Every year The Underground Strength Gym holds The LIFT STRONG Fundraiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma.
My goal is to also add another fundraiser each year for our Military who protects our country.
After 9 – 11 happened it completely changed the way I viewed our Military. In addition, as a parent, I am grateful beyond words for our freedom and for the men and women who volunteer to protect our freedom.
Above, with my Buddies & Navy SEALs / Mentors: Brad & Quatro Deuce
Since my early years of going full force as a Coach I have met a few Navy SEALs who have become close friends and mentors to me. They have helped shape my life and taught me how to live a STRONG Life.
Above, Brian “Curls” Pascal training out of The Garage days of The Underground Strength Gym.
He would wake up and eat 8 eggs, 4 whites and 4 yolks. He would also have a bowl of oatmeal AND a protein shake! That was his breakfast 7 days a week, not just on weekends.
At school, he would have a protein shake before lunch. At lunch he would eat 2 turkey sandwiches pus 2 pieces of fruit.
After school through the afternoon, evening and night, he had dinner left overs, dinner and again dinner left overs. Foods like steak, chicken, rice, pasta, salad, potatoes, etc.
Here is a critical Video for our Edison & Manasquan athletes regarding nutrition.
Most athletes are being straight up LAZY and will starve instead of getting up and heating up their food or making themselves a turkey sandwich. That attitude will obviously get you nowhere and I am confused by such apathy but I guess this is “The Human Food Chain”.
You choose to be Predator or Prey.
For those who want to WIN, don’t talk about, BE about it.
This Video explains critical nutrition tips and a Winning attitude!
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.
Above, The FIRST EVER Underground Strength Gym Fishing Derby, July 19, 2015 at MACS Pond in Manasquan, NJ!
What an AWESOME time we had at The FIRST EVER Underground Strength Gym Fishing Derby at MACS pond In Manasquan.
As usual, Howell brought the heat and showed the most dedication! Some of our own Manasquan athletes did not show up due to the distance.
We had 3 trophies and I was NOT prepared for the idea that there MIGHT be a tie!
The Categories for the 3 trophies:
– The BIG Kahuna for the Biggest catch of the day
– The Fishing Boss for the most fish caught
– The Best Buddy Award (for my son!)
Jimmy Romernator of Howell pulled in his 6th fish of the day on the buzzer! fear not, I ordered another trophy to ensure all is fair in what could have been the most intense fishing derby in the history of Manasquan and perhaps NJ.