Zach Even-Esh

Champion Workouts & Extra Credit Training

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” ~ Edmund Hillary

Blair & Team Underground After 2.5 Hrs of Training!Above, Blair Wrestlers & Team Underground…. Drenched in Sweat, Some Blood, Aches & Pains But The Champions Always Do “Extra Credit!”

At The Underground Strength Gym, whenever we finish a workout, I let our athletes know that they can stay extra and do “extra credit Champion workouts.” This can be ANYTHING, it doesn’t have to be fancy, it can simply be doing an arm workout. When you do extra credit champion workouts, you boost confidence KNOWING you do what losers make excuses for NOT doing.

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Questions To Ask Yourself…..

– Are you doing EXTRA in life AND lifting?

– After each workout, do you bang out the extra 100 push ups, or the extra squats?

– Do you hit that 1 mile run or 5 extra prowler sprints?

– Or….. Do you pat yourself on the back and tell yourself how great you are?

Pay attention, KIDZ, you can’t always leave 10% in the tank if you expect to become a champion.

Lately I’ve been squatting 3 x week, sometimes more. I’ll even go through a full blown workout and throw 225 – 315 on the bar and bang out a few sets of a few reps. I’m teaching the body AND mind to be strong even when under fatigue.

I want you to keep it simple and STILL challenge yourself with the little extras. The little extras are what add up to BIG victories. Remember, you’re training for LIFE!

Live The Code



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5 Responses to Champion Workouts & Extra Credit Training

  1. Simeon says:

    Coach Z, I haven’t owned a comb in years…but I do have some fat gripz! And after reading/watching this, I threw them on some db’s for farmers walks. 3x100yds with the fat gripz, 1x100yds without. Had already trained this morning – front squat, deadlift + ab wheel – but had to get my extra credit in! Happy Monday sir!

    • admin says:

      Simeon, oh hellz yea, brutha! There ya go, and I can tell by the “sound of your voice” that you feel MUCH more accomplished, your confidence and energy is UP!

      This is exactly what I am talking about! NICE, homie!


  2. SoCal Brian says:

    Zach, you’ve nailed it again!!! Extra credit work is essential for extraordinary success or results. Extra credit, you weren’t a teacher in the past were you? lol Too often we focus on the negative side of things or as you say “we get paralysis by analysis” or stuck doing what “we think” works. Every time I’ve had success, I’ve taken extra steps or done extra credit, not to mention, it develops mental toughness and its character building!!! Keep it coming you plethora of knowledge, thanks. Lead from the front and finish stronger than you started!

    • admin says:

      Brian, ha ha, YES I was a teacher

      The motivation for this EXTRA work comes from me seeing too many people wanting a short cut or an easier path

      A short cut is GREAT if you learn something better, but, an intentional short cut to avoid the necessary work is never something I agree with

      Thru work builds confidence and strength, inner and outer!

  3. Dennis says:


    I usually throw something un unrelated to the workout I did for the day, for example: After I rock my upper body with heavy pressing/benching, I’ll end the day with deadlifts for time, I usually load up the bar to about 235-255 and then go for 30 reps, keeping good form but also my eye on the clock. My best so far was 245 in 2:30. I did 255 with the trap bar after an upper body workout friday for 30 reps in 2:40. I know it probably doesnt sound like much but it’s a gasser for sure. I always feel better after doing crazy stuff like that, same with 20 rep squats. Starting this week I am mixig some HFT in with my regular routine along with some of the pyramid sets from your BWBB course. I am looking forward to your new book.

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Zach Even-Esh is an Author, Founder of The Underground Strength Gym & Creator of The Underground Strength Coach Certification.

Zach's inspiration in training comes from the Golden Era of Bodybuilding & Days of Old School Strength. His mission is to help You kick ass & take names in Life AND Lifting without the hype, fancy fads or gimmicks. Zach's Commitment To Your Success Is Unmatched. He Knows What It's Like To Go From A Weakling To An Unstoppable BEAST In Charge Of His Life, Business & Destiny. Zach Made It Happen Through The Iron and Now it's Your Turn!

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