Zach Even-Esh http://zacheven-esh.com Strong Mind, Strong Body, Strong LIFE Thu, 26 May 2016 17:01:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://zacheven-esh.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/cropped-Underground-Strength-COACH-Vector-Logo-32x32.png Zach Even-Esh http://zacheven-esh.com 32 32 STRONG Life 83: Strength In Life & Business, Matt Reynolds Will NOT Be Out Worked! http://zacheven-esh.com/ep-83/ http://zacheven-esh.com/ep-83/#respond Thu, 26 May 2016 16:50:48 +0000 http://zacheven-esh.com/?p=17245 STRONG Life Podcast 83 - Matt Reynolds Will NOT Be Outworked! In this episode Matt & I discuss training as a powerlifter & strongman as Matt is an Elite level Powerlifter and a PRO Strongman! Here are just some of the questions / topics we crushed in this episode: How was Matt juggling the running […]

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STRONG Life Podcast 83 - Matt Reynolds Will NOT Be Outworked!

In this episode Matt & I discuss training as a powerlifter & strongman as Matt is an Elite level Powerlifter and a PRO Strongman!

Here are just some of the questions / topics we crushed in this episode:

  • How was Matt juggling the running of his warehouse gyms AND teaching through the years. And Finally, how did Matt get OUT of teaching & go full time into the gym business and TONS more!
  • How does Matt recommend a busy professional / family man go about training to make strength gains on the regular?
  • What is the mindset needed to not only achieve, but to CREATE success in your passion?
  • How does The Starting Strength Seminar / Certification Work & why does Matt encourage Coaches to look into this program.
  • What books does Matt recommend for business & strength training?

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This episode is loaded with knowledge bombs on training, lifestyle and business for gym / warehouse gym owners / strength coaches and anyone who seeks greater success in their LIFE.

My Recommendation for you: Listen up and take notes. Most of ALL, take ACTION!

Life isn't easy, Success is earned and Success leaves clues! Matt Reynolds put in the work and didn't let obstacles hold him back. Gym owner or not, Strength Coach or not, you can learn about success and kicking ass in life through this episode.

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3 Simple Tips To Improve Olympic Weightlifting & Get STRONGER http://zacheven-esh.com/3-tips-olympic-weightlifting-get-stronger/ http://zacheven-esh.com/3-tips-olympic-weightlifting-get-stronger/#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 13:57:11 +0000 http://zacheven-esh.com/?p=17230 Here's a cool question that came in the mail box and I wanna answer this question more in depth for you with some sample workouts: Zach, I've been following you for awhile and now that I'm not an active trainer at my local CF box, I have slowly pieced together a garage gym to call […]

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Here's a cool question that came in the mail box and I wanna answer this question more in depth for you with some sample workouts:

Zach,

I've been following you for awhile and now that I'm not an active trainer at my local CF box, I have slowly pieced together a garage gym to call home.

Which program from your Online Training would you recommend to

A) build my strength and ....

B) stay on top of Oly/CF type movements?

I know I desperately need the strength build up, but I don't want to lose focus of the kick ass fun stuff like the Snatch and C&J.
Thanks for your time and keep up the great work!
Bryant

ANSWER:

I recommend using Garage Gym Gladiators.

Here is Why......

The G3 Program incorporates the following:

- Powerlifting / Basic Barbell Lifts

- Variations of The Olympic Lifts such as Power Clean, Hang Clean, Power Snatch & Hang Snatch during almost Every Training Session.

As An Alternative, During those Olympic Lift variations, you can simply utilize the full Olympic Lifts.

So if The Hang Clean is listed, hit full cleans or the clean & jerk that day.

If hang snatch or power snatch is listed, hit the snatch.

You did mention CrossFit so a heads up is NONE of my programming is constantly varied. You WILL go through training phases with mini cycles. We're regularly working on improving your strength, explosive power, adding functional muscle, improving GPP and keeping / improving your mental toughness.

- Sprinting / Jumping / Athletic Movements incorporated each session.

- Bodybuilding Work to keep joints healthy and to add size and strength. Look at the Bodybuilders of the 60s, 70s and early 80s. They were STRONG! When I talk about "bodybuilding", THAT is what I am describing vs what many associate bodybuilding with today.

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- Mental Toughness / Durability Work with Short Conditioning / Met Con Work.

With a 3 days per week program, you have FREEDOM to do extra or further individualize on the other days. With your focus on The Olympic Lifts, You can choose an additional 2 or 3 days to work strictly on your Oly Lifts.

I recall hearing a conversation from Coach Rippetoe about how too many novice lifters are solely concerned with technique on Olympic ifting so they don't go heavy enough on the Oly Lifts, hence, they don't get Stronger.

Of course, when you look at the best Olympic Lifters, they are STRONG. They are built like TANKS.

That reminds me of a story, about 10 years ago, when I had a conversation with a Romanian Weightlifter. He told me that the Romanians would often hit other barbell lifts such as squats, deads, rack pulls, bent over rowing, etc with VERY heavy loads in the 1 - 5 rep range and THEN they would use the Oly Lifts with moderate weights and focus on speed & execution. I know, shocking, right!?

I wasn't shocked and neither should you. Listen to John Broz and Travis Mash talk about Weightlifting. They are having their Weightlifting Team destroying the gym on a daily basis with high volume and heavy lifting. I see Travis has built up his teenagers to Squatting over 500 lbs.

I always say......

You Can't Fake Strong

Which program is THE Best? Who is right? Which is better? The one that produces results, of course. Period. The way to getting stronger is in the program AND the attitude you bring.

What does this mean?

I believe MANY programs work when YOU put in the WORK. The type of gut busting work that scares away MANY others. THAT type of work!

If you're tired of being average in the gym you must stop training average and destroy your average goals.

Here's 3 Things I feel are KEY to getting STRONGER, in any lifting endeavor.

1) Get training partners who push you & vice versa. Great training partners are golden. You NEVER want to be the weakest guy in the room. NO training partners? I feel your pain. I find a way to get fired up and intense. My other option is to find an excuse. Excuses suck. I hate my OWN excuses. I feel like a loser when I make excuses and that fires me up even more.

Join an online team and compete against others virtually. Something is better than nothing. NO time or sense waiting for the "perfect opportunity" because that day never comes!

2) Technique is critical in ALL lifts but the way to get stronger is to move the weights faster, add weight to the bar and eat to support your training. Yes, I know, that is ground breaking news but I'm shocked at how many people SAY they want the results but then they don't follow those 3 rules with dedication.

3) Find a local competition and sign up for it. The fear of showing up weak will piss you off for greatness and inspire you to attack your training.

I remember when I started The Underground in my garage I signed up for the TSC (Tactical Strength Challenge). My disdain for losing pushed me to destroy myself in my garage! I was fired up like a madman leading up to that challenge. I took first in the country back then.

I hit my first ever 500 lb deadlift, snatches the 53lb Kettlebell 130+ reps in 5 minutes & did 17 pull ups. The pull ups weren't so hit but my snatch and deadlift beat others. That was about 11 years ago!

Although The G3 program is not 100% dialed in for a Weightlifter, you WILL get Stronger & More Explosive and you WILL hit the Oly Lifts on the regular. If you're a hard charger, then hit 2 or 3 days of JUST the Olympic Lifts.

Here's a Sample G3 Training Week Screen Shot:

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Things you don't see on the screen shot are the mobility work, the banded work for shoulder health, notes on each exercise and of course the prior weeks that built our athletes up to this training cycle of higher volume and intensity.

The training cycle prior to this had the athletes hitting Power Snatch & Power Clean 2 x Week. The training will vary on the barbell but we're always working on getting stronger, tougher, faster. Use the flexibility to just hit Oly Lifts.

Give it a 3 month honest go and then take it from there. No program works when you blend 3, 4 or 5 programs together. Put your blinders on and charge forward.

Focus & Dedication is "the secret".

We ALL know what it takes and the Ultimate factor determining your results is DOING the damn thing.

Although I currently train 5 days week, I was often locked in with 3 sessions per week as a busy guy since college days. Hence why I keep Garage Gym Gladiators at 3 x week. Other members hit bodyweight on their days in between. Others focus on Snatch or Clean & Jerk. Others rest up and just spend time with family or friends, etc.

I know most will get overwhelmed with 5 days per week so I leave the flexibility to do more AND you can hit me up on the private forum if you have questions.

Myself and the Team members will Help.

The community support is Awesome!

Wanna Get STRONGER?

Bigger, Tougher, Faster?

Garage Gym Gladiators is the Way.

Here's a GREAT Testimonial from one of our Team Members, Chris Tucker:

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Get after it and make it happen.

Live The Code 365,

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5 Garage Gym Workouts For Strength, Size & Mental Toughness http://zacheven-esh.com/5-garage-gym-workouts-strength-size-mental-toughness/ http://zacheven-esh.com/5-garage-gym-workouts-strength-size-mental-toughness/#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 16:10:51 +0000 http://zacheven-esh.com/?p=17224 I began training in my garage during my 5th year as a teacher. Time was of the essence as I was balancing the following: A new teaching position at the Middle School Middle School Wrestling Coach BJJ Training Finishing my MA in Health Education Adjunct Professor at Community College Training! I picked up some odds […]

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I began training in my garage during my 5th year as a teacher.

Time was of the essence as I was balancing the following:

  • A new teaching position at the Middle School
  • Middle School Wrestling Coach
  • BJJ Training
  • Finishing my MA in Health Education
  • Adjunct Professor at Community College
  • Training!

I picked up some odds and ends from newspaper classified ads back then as E Bay didn't even exist yet.

I recall driving to Newark to meet someone in a storage depot and I stashed cash in my pocket, socks and underwear in case I found myself in a predicament ha ha. As you can see, the street smarts stay with you when you've experienced these things before.

My garage workouts were awesome to say the least. To this day, they are some of my best workouts. hence the reason I started Garage Gym Gladiators. NO time for excuses, just Results. It doesn't take much equipment and my current garage doesn't even have a squat rack.

The Garage Gym Workouts below are a blend of my current set up & for those who step up their commitment level and invest in a simple squat rack.

Heck, check the photo below that Nik Hawks (Co-Owner, Paleo Treats) shared with me on Twitter.....

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Nik scored that sweet squat cage for $160.

Excuses still? Come on!

For the hard charging Garage Gym Lifters, test drive the 5 workouts below.

I would repeat them for 3 weeks and progress during that 3 week period and then deload lighter on week 4.

If you want the direct coaching, hit me up HERE.

Warm up thoroughly before each session, mobility / stretching after each session.

Day 1

  1. Power Cleans x 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Drop 15% and hit 3 reps.
  2. RDL + Shrugs 4 x 6 - 8 reps

    3A. Bodyweight Walking Lunges 3 x 20 / 20
    3B. KB hand to hand swings 3 x 10 / 10

    4. Sprints 10 x 100 ft. (walk back to start line, repeat)
    5. V Ups + Band Pull Aparts 3 x 15 each

    Day 2

1A. Floor Press 5 x 3 - 6 reps. 6th set, drop weight & hit MAX reps approx 15 reps is goal.
1B. Double KB Row 5 x 6 reps

2A. Mixed Grip Push Ups 3 x MAX Reps
2B. ANY Carry (Keg, Sandbag, KBs, DBs) 3 x 150 ft.

3A. DB Side Raise 3 x 15-20 reps
3B. DB Tricep XTs 3 x 8 - 12
3C. Pull Ups (Slow Motion 3 sec. up / 3 sec down) 3 x MAX reps

4. Any Sleds 4 x 200 ft (Truck Push if No Sleds)

Day 3

  1. Squat 3 x 5 warm up. Gut Check: HARD 20 -25 rep set
  2. Sumo DL 3 x 3 Speed. 2 x 2 slightly heavier Speed.

    3A. Knees to Elbows Abs 3 x 10
    3B. Bodyweight Lateral Lunges 3 x 5 / 5
    3C. Cossack Squats 3 x 5 / 5

Day 4

  1. Turkish Get Ups 5 x 1 / 1 (Add Weight Ea Set as Needed)

    2A. BB Military Press 4 x 4 reps. Drop weight & hit MAX Rep Set Approx. 15 reps
    2B. Recline Rows aka Supine Row 5 x MAX reps

    3A. DB or KB Floor Press 4 x 15-20 reps
    3B. Rear Delt Raise w DBs or KBs 4 x 15 - 20 reps

    4A. ANY Heavy Curls 4 x 6 - 8
    4B. Lying TRicep XTs (Use Bar, KBs or DBs) 4 x 8 - 12

    5. Run 800 Meter

    Day 5

1. Power Clean x 1 + Hang Clean x 1 + Front Squat x 2 (5 Sets, Add Weight Ea Set)

2. Snatch Grip Dead + Shrugs 3 x 3, Add Weight 2 x 2, Heaviest for a Single

3. BB Row 4 x 6 - 8 (2 sets underhand / 2 sets overhand)

4. 1 Arm Row 1 x 20, 15, 10, 5 reps each arm.

5. Walking Bodyweight Lunges x 200 Total (100 each leg)

How to Periodize These Garage Gym Workouts?

You can train 3 - 5 x week depending on your lifestyle and your mentality.

Each week you can try to add a small poundage and decrease the reps by 1 or 2.

3 Weeks in a row of high rep squats will make a man out of you 🙂

This training requires you to pay attention to your lifestyle as a whole. Don't expect to feel great unless you're hitting mobility and Soft Tissue Work daily. I know this is no secret but many just want to bang weights and ignore recovery which will lead you to a brick wall quickly.

Get it done and for the hard chargers I'll see you over at G3 HQ!

Live The Code 365,

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Results VS Excuses & The Underground Strength Gym Birthday – EST. 2002 http://zacheven-esh.com/results-vs-excuses-underground-strength-birthday/ http://zacheven-esh.com/results-vs-excuses-underground-strength-birthday/#respond Tue, 17 May 2016 16:34:05 +0000 http://zacheven-esh.com/?p=17214 I just came across a photo on my Facebook that was 7 years old. It brought back some serious memories when I saw that photo, below! I shared this article below with the members of The Underground Strength Gym and I want to share it with you to give you some back story on The […]

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I just came across a photo on my Facebook that was 7 years old. It brought back some serious memories when I saw that photo, below!

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I shared this article below with the members of The Underground Strength Gym and I want to share it with you to give you some back story on The Underground Strength Gym, the struggles it took to make it happen and how every "over night success story" often has a 10 year history at the least.

The reason to share with you is so you see the WORK it takes to get to where you want to be, regardless of what that goal is.

Remember: You get what you EARN!

So, back to the story of that 7 yr old Facebook pic.......

It brought me back to a time when a slew of athletes began coming in from a local private school after they saw 2 Football players turning into animals. These 2 boys were best friends and they began a few months after I opened up the warehouse location in Edison, NJ.

So when I saw that photo, I was hit with the Fact that it is the month of May and 9 years ago on May 1st, 2007 is when the "Real Underground Strength Gym" began......

I signed the lease and it was time to get out of the garage and do this for real.

The Edison Warehouse of The Underground Strength Gym warehouse space is officially 9 years old this Month!

Before the Edison, NJ warehouse.....

I was in my parents garage for 1 year, then my own 2 car garage for 3 or 4 years where people would see kids crossing the street or walking up the street carrying 120 lb Farmer Bars, Kegs, Sandbags and Kettlebells up or across the street.

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I signed the lease to our current small garage / warehouse location on May 1st, back in 2007! I was a teacher and would begin the "grind" and hustle of making it ALL work.

Before that, we made it work from a 2 car garage, my backyard and the local elementary school playground.

We used the backyard where I had tree logs, a climbing rope, wheel barrow and sledge hammers. The local playgrounds on the weekend were traveled to with a few sandbags, sleds and Kettlebells and of course, my garage was set up quite well.

The Equipment List:

  • I had a custom made Sorinex half rack.
  • A dumbbell rack with dumbbells up to 130s.
  • Kegs & sandbags
  • Reverse hyper
  • Various specialty barbells
  • large medicine balls
  • Kettlebells
  • 45 Degree Monster Back Extension
  • Adjustable Benches
  • Gymnastic Rings
  • Farmer Walk Handles
  • Various Grip Tools from Iron Mind

Plus plenty more "equipment" in the backyard such as stones of various shapes and sizes, tree logs and more. Everything and Anything was our gym!

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I recall doing wheel barrow walking in my backyard and the stray cats were bringing "presents" such as birds or mice or the kids were dodging Racoon s--t on the grass! We made it work and no one complained. It was a special time.

Parents were traveling from up to 1 hour each way as I was writing articles for the local NJ Wrestling Newspaper. The fact that the training was in a garage, backyard or playground didn't make the training less effective.

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I was a teacher so I would wake up at 5 or 6 AM and work on my internet business, writing articles for other web sites such as Elite FTS (Often 1 article every week), blog posts on my old blog and more.

Every Morning I'd work until 8 AM on the computer and then head to school to teach until 3:30 PM.

On my lunch break, everyone went out to eat but I only went out on Fridays.

Monday - Thursday I was writing articles, working on the gym web site, and working to build the word about what we were doing for athletes during my lunch break.

Friday I allowed myself to go out at lunch. That was the reward for working hard.

Once a week I would speak with Louie Simmons on the phone during my "prep" period at school.

We discussed training wrestlers, fighters, Kevin Randleman, sleds, training for time, GPP, Russian Training Methods and so much more.

Doris or Louie always answered the phone and Louie would always cut me off mid sentence and say, "Don't tell me how much weight your guys are lifting, I'm not impressed. I've seen better!" ha ha

He inspired me to bring back stronger stories as I was being mentored by Louie from afar and I wanted to make him proud and to see I was NOT wasting his time one bit!

The first dragging sled I ordered was from Louie. It arrived at my parents house with a book of stamps taped to the sled with clear tape! NO box ha ha!

After school, I drove straight to the gym, ate a small meal and began training athletes until 8 PM.

Then, from 8 - 9 PM I trained myself and started recording videos. Those were the early days of what I called 'The Underground Strength Show'.

Flipping tires, sprinting sleds and cranking out bodyweight exercises in the dead of the night.

I was Easily putting in 15 hour days and I KNEW that by working Hard AND Smart, I could grow The Underground Strength Gym to change the lives of athletes.

Looking back, things are different today because business and the way you can / should run a business is different. The internet has changed dramatically from when I started well over 12 years ago.

When it was time to transition from the home garage to the "real" garage, We moved the equipment from my 2 car garage in Edison to The Underground in 1 day using a moving truck and since then over 1,000 athletes have been in / out of The Underground & Coaches have flown in from all around The USA, Australia, Europe, The UK & The Islands to experience The USC Certification.

It is surreal, to put it lightly.

People have slept in cars or flew in on a red eye and arrived at 9 AM the morning of The Underground Strength Coach Certification. 

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Above, 1 of the earliest Underground Strength Coach Certifications!

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HOW & WHY did I finally make the move out of the garage?

My mentor, Alwyn Cosgrove & Ryan Lee were BIG reasons....

Alwyn mentored me while going through chemo during Stage IV Leukemia (Twice!)!!

Alwyn is the BIG reason we hold The Lift STRONG Fundraiser for LLS every year since opening!

Dave Tate and Jim Wendler.....

Dave would give me fatherly advice on the regular and Jim always unleashed his truth in a way only Jim Wendler can speak.

I remember Dave calling me telling me a power rack was returned to Elite FTS after the person who ordered was injured and unable to train. Dave told me he is shipping it to me and I told him "I have NO room! My ceilings are too low!"

He replied. "Dude, every time I speak to you, you're talking about training athletes. You're gonna open up a gym in less than 6 months I KNOW it. Store it in your Dad's garage."

I think it was 2 weeks later I signed the lease and the power rack was shipped directly to the gym! If you know Dave Tate then you know he has an amazing insight with coaches and the strength world in general.

And most of all, My Family!!!

I remember my wife painting the gym walls and stenciling the original logo on the wall at 9 PM at night.

The original gym walls were pink and I remember telling my wife I was gonna start training immediately! I told her nobody cares about pink walls but she refused to believe me! My wife and Uncle painted the gym walls and some of the garage athletes helped me carry the equipment.

We painted the gym walls and would be there until 10 or 11 PM at night setting up and organizing.

You CAN be a 1 Man Army but you are ALWAYS STRONGER when you have people on your side.

Hence the reason I ALWAYS say our Most Successful Athletes have Supportive Parents who encourage Hard Work, Dedication and Commitment (Especially During TOUGH Times).

If Times get tough and Mom / Dad quit on their son, it is a BIG lesson that lil' Johnny picks up on that when the going gets tough, it's OK to quit. I've learned that Obstacles are Opportunities in hiding. Keep Going!

The Obstacle Is The Way!

Nothing GREAT was ever Achieved Easily.

Don't ever forget that!

On the surface you might see my videos and think I made The Underground Strength Gym but the truth is, YOU make The Underground what it is! The athletes who train here make this gym special. The parents who drive form near and far, sleeping in their car or doing work in their car to leverage their time, THEY make this Gym special!

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I don't believe The Underground Strength Gym will ever have hundreds of members like some of the general population style gym. The work here is too intense and too much for many to handle, let alone try to handle!

For those who do NOT want to be here, THAT is actually a GOOD thing because Iron Sharpens Iron. The motivated athletes rubbing shoulders on the regular make one another better.

The more dedicated, hard working athletes are working together at The Underground, the better everyone gets, regardless of their sport.

I don't get offended when parents pull their kids out. I used to, but I learned that it's not for everyone.

Sometimes though, I DO feel Bad for the kid who gets pulled out because of his parents, because I KNOW we can transform that athlete, but, without parent support it can't happen. Sometimes the kid wants it but Mom / Dad do NOT want to support them.

I can't change everyone but I CAN give each and every day my best and that can never be taken away from me! I want YOU to take that lesson as well.

Today is another day.....

Another opportunity.....

Destroy Mediocrity.

Keep Living for The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence!

Live The Code 365,

--Z--

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To power clean or not?

THAT is the question.

The answer of yes or no as well as HOW to Power Clean will vary depending on MANY scenarios that I discuss below in the videos on my own & with Travis Mash.

SOME of those factors that will influence the how & why behind the Power Clean Are:

  • College / High School setting where you KNOW you are with those kids for years or long term for the majority of the training
  • Independent Strength Coach where athletes come / go for countless reasons & there is often a lack of continuity in training as well as loss of strength & skill
  • Time available with the athlete

There are many sides to the coin and beyond the yes / no of power cleans, HOW should a power clean for an athlete vs a weightlifter?

Below is a solo video where I discuss some of my experiences teaching the Power Clean from the middle school through the D1 level as well as with Travis Mash who is developing some of the most dominant weightlifters to represent The USA!

With the 18 minute conversation with Travis Mash, this called an "in between episode" (Credit: Tim Ferriss with that idea) of The STRONG Life Podcast.

Check the Videos below and enjoy!

 

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Below, Travis & Zach Discuss The Power Clean for Athletes

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This conversation can go on and on!

What is MOST important, as Travis & I discussed near the end is that we are getting the athletes stronger, faster, tougher and more confident.

There are MANY ways to achieve the end result.

I don't argue about the power cleans. I love them and we use them at The Underground Strength Gym.

But.....

As I always say, I NEVER discriminate against the MANY methods we can use to help athletes achieve moe success. Being close minded or too arrogant to evolve will hurt the kids, not help them.

The kids are # 1. It's ALL about them, NOT your ego or my ego. #TRUTH!

Listen to this mini episode on iTunes or Stitcher as well.

Connect with Travis HERE

Live The Code 365,

--Z--

Join The STRONG Life Online Coaching Team HERE

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STRONG Life Ep. 82: Zach & NFL Veteran, John Welbourn Answer Your Questions! http://zacheven-esh.com/ep-82/ http://zacheven-esh.com/ep-82/#comments Sat, 07 May 2016 01:37:09 +0000 http://zacheven-esh.com/?p=17191 Episode 82 of The STRONG Life Podcast was my favorite episode ever as NFL Veteran, John Welbourn and I work together to crush this QnA episode. Here are just SOME of the topics / questions we crushed in this jam packed 90 minute episode: - What Coaches are the Best Coaches & what traits do […]

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Episode 82 of The STRONG Life Podcast was my favorite episode ever as NFL Veteran, John Welbourn and I work together to crush this QnA episode.

Here are just SOME of the topics / questions we crushed in this jam packed 90 minute episode:

- What Coaches are the Best Coaches & what traits do they have that makes them so great?

- What does the movie 'Dead Poets Society' have to do with living a great life?

- What is the best way to develop first step quickness in athletes?

- How does attitude & environment effect an athlete's results?

- How has training changed for John and Zach as we reached our 40s and juggle family life, training, business and more

- How we Implement "Strength" into Our Family Life to Influence our Kids to Live a STRONG Life

- How to set Goals for yourself when you're no longer competing in high school / collegiate athletics

- How do I fire myself up for training & how I use everything that happens in my life as another opportunity to train myself (mentally & physically)

- How & why does John train & do the things he does as a family man

- What we say to people when the details are TOO detailed and things get complicated

- Training to be "useful"

- What does it take to train at John's private gym at Power Athlete HQ

- How would John and I run a gym if we ran a gym together

- Our thoughts on young athletes & their parents quitting & making excuses

- Thoughts on Taking care of yourself through various measures (chiro, soft tissue, mobility, lifestyle)

- How would we train athletes who only train 2 or 3 x week

- How I help middle school boys develop field speed

- John's story of NOT meeting the standards in Middle School Physical Education

- How we would train athletes ages 12 - 14

- Where did John learn the "F--K Mediocrity" mindset?

- My short experiences with going very low carb for less than a week

- Why is nutrition so confusing nowadays?

- What does John do with supplements and lifestyle to optimize his overall health & fitness?

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Why & When Youth & High School Athletes CAN Train HARD http://zacheven-esh.com/athletes-train-hard/ http://zacheven-esh.com/athletes-train-hard/#comments Fri, 06 May 2016 13:47:28 +0000 http://zacheven-esh.com/?p=17186 Decades ago, young children worked on farms sun rise until sun down. There were NO worries of "over training". The Amish children begin manual labor from a very young age as well. They grow up strong and capable both physically and mentally because of the hard work. Sure, someone out there will complain and talk […]

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Decades ago, young children worked on farms sun rise until sun down.

There were NO worries of "over training".

The Amish children begin manual labor from a very young age as well. They grow up strong and capable both physically and mentally because of the hard work.

Sure, someone out there will complain and talk about an adult from the Amish or somewhere else who worked very hard and it hurt them, etc. but people must STOP looking for excuses and start finding REASONS to inspire the dedication and the hard work.

That's why I love movies like McFarland, USA which was based on a true story. Those kids would work on the farm before going to school, they would run to school in the morning, run home after school, work on the farm again and then AFTER the sun went down, it was finally time to train.

Greatness NEVER happens when you do "normal" things.

It STARTS in the mind......

If Mom & Dad keep planting seeds of worry and doubt into little Johnny's brain, then little Johnny is going to create excuses for the hard work.

He will grow up scared and that fear of hard work will continue into his adult life.

Hard Training is FINE when it is combined with:

  • Science with smart / safe training methods and techniques
  • Proper Lifestyle with sleep, nutrition, social life

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"Hard Training" is a very general term so in the wrong hands, with a bad coach, with bad lifestyle choices..... It leads to NO results, injuries, detraining of the athlete and an overall negative cascading effect on performance physically & mentally. 

SMART Training does the opposite, it will BUILD the athlete UP physically and mentally, leading to greater performance in sports and in other areas of life.

On the surface, our training looks hard, BUT, our athletes can handle it because they've been safely built UP to the training and their lifestyle (nutrition, sleep, etc) supports the training.

Look at the training from the 1960s at LaSierra High School when President Kennedy encourage being strong, fit, competitive & tough!

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This Video demonstrates difficult training as it should be!

Today, this does NOT happen in Physical Education as we ALL know. This is also a BIG reason why the majority of the youth of today are NOT Strong, Fit & Confident.

As a parent myself, sometimes I too catch myself worrying or making silly excuses that maybe this or that is too hard for my kids.

Then, I bring myself to reality and realize it's NOT hard. HARD is if my kids actually WERE working on the Farm everyday for several hours a day.

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I will keep working hard to educate the world on helping our younger generation to become STRONG in Mind, Body & LIFE.

QOD / Question Of The Day - What do you think is the best way to help our youth to reclaim high levels of strength, fitness and confidence?

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Giving You Strength Training “Advices” From 27 Years Training Experience http://zacheven-esh.com/giving-strength-advices/ http://zacheven-esh.com/giving-strength-advices/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 16:23:39 +0000 http://zacheven-esh.com/?p=17177 Coming this June marks what I call my "Strength Training Anniversary". I began lifting weights in Mid June while in 8th grade and I haven't looked back or stopped since. I was 13 1/2 years old. This June I'll be 40 1/2 years young. I will NEVER stop training, it is my ritual and keeps […]

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Coming this June marks what I call my "Strength Training Anniversary".

I began lifting weights in Mid June while in 8th grade and I haven't looked back or stopped since.

I was 13 1/2 years old. This June I'll be 40 1/2 years young. I will NEVER stop training, it is my ritual and keeps me sane among countless other benefits.

Through my 27 years of training and coaching, I have learned MANY lessons which I explain below.

You see, even at age 13, I was coaching my friends that Summer. I had a training partner and I would write out workouts on notebook paper and bring them to my friend's house.

If I wasn't training with him I was training solo. By the time I was a sophomore in high school friends were asking me to write them workouts.

"Give me a Baseball workout...."

"Give me a Football workout..."

Give me a chest workout....."

Stuck in the middle of every text book was a bodybuilding magazine.

When I appeared to be taking notes in class I was really writing workouts for myself or my friends.

I was addicted to training.

I made a shit ton of mistakes and have learned from them all.

Aside form that, I have changed. You WILL change. Life changes you. So check out this Video as I explain some of my own training, how things have changed and some of my "advices" to you in training.

Enjoy!

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Here's 3 of my recent training sessions:

Hotel Workout

  1. Dumbbell Squat Cleans x 5 reps each: 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 lbs

2A. Bodyweight Lunges x 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 each

2B) Reverse Lunges x 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 each

2C) Push Ups x 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

3A) DB Floor Press 4 x 15 - 20 reps

3B) 1 Arm DB Row 4 x 6 reps

3C) DB Side Raises 4 x 12 - 15 reps

3D) DB Curls 4 x 12 - 15 reps

4) Finished with 1 Hill Sprint

Garage Gym Workout

  1. Power Cleans 5 x 5

2A) Slow Motion Ring Pull Ups / Skin the Cat / Modified Front Levers 3 x 5 reps

2B) CMB Floor Press 3 x 15 - 20 reps

  • Snuck in some mace & club work for mobility

Training at Underground Strength Gym

  1. Rumble Roller + Mobility Smash x 8 Minutes
  2. Front SQ 4 x 3 reps
  3. Back SQ 4 x 3 reps

4A) Reverse Lunge w/ safety SQ bar x 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ea. leg

4B) recline row x 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 reps

4C) various push ups x 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 reps

I move fast and have been pushing Mobility work a LOT.

Training feels good although not very heavy, I am pursuing my goals. THAT is what counts.

QOD / Question of The Day:

How has your training change in the past year?

Drop your comment below.

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The 4 BIGGEST Mistakes Coaches & Athletic Directors Make In Schools http://zacheven-esh.com/4-biggest-mistakes-coaches-athletic-directors-schools/ http://zacheven-esh.com/4-biggest-mistakes-coaches-athletic-directors-schools/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:18:11 +0000 http://zacheven-esh.com/?p=17163 I taught in the public schools for 11 years. I coached Wrestling at the middle school level and volunteered at the high school level. Back when I taught and Coached, the kids worked hard, there were NO 2 ways about it. The expectations were high and if you skipped practice, misbehaved in school or weren't […]

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I taught in the public schools for 11 years.

I coached Wrestling at the middle school level and volunteered at the high school level.

Back when I taught and Coached, the kids worked hard, there were NO 2 ways about it. The expectations were high and if you skipped practice, misbehaved in school or weren't putting in ALL your efforts you didn't compete.

I don't recall parents complaining to me in Coaching but I DO recall my colleagues at the middle school complaining about me because I wasn't doing what they were doing.

I recall a parent complaining when I had the local PD come in to discuss drugs and crime with my students.

I remember my younger brother (a state qualifier wrestler, County & District Champ) was removed from volunteering his time at the high school because ONE kid said "He is mean to me". No one stood up for my brother. He was an asset to that team, a volunteer and 1 complainer is all it took to get him removed from being a VOLUNTEER.

I remember the Football Team losing 36 games in a row and I volunteered my help to them and they told me, "No, we're good. We got this." They went 3 seasons NEVER winning a game and still REFUSED my help.

That brings me to these 4 BIG Mistakes I see Coaches & School Administrators making AND allowing on the regular.

Share this with teachers, coaches and admins that you know.

I hope the stands rises again, where hard work and dedication is the norm, tough coaches who care are not viewed as "he's so mean to me" and coaches who lead team to losing records are NOT allowed to Coach.

The only standard I want to see is EXCELLENCE.

I say that as a Parent, as a Coach, as a Teacher and as an Athlete myself.

I am GRATEFUL for the Coaches that pushed me so intensely. They changed my life.

Watch this Video and Share......

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Things MUST Change.

HOW Do We Change Them For the Better?

There are MANY Strategies But No Strategy Will Work Unless We TRULY Hire Coaches / Teaches / Administrators who Genuinely CARE.

Caring is the foundation for Success. When someone genuinely cares, they will do the Right things on their own. They will not need someone observing them or giving them a bad report to inspire them to step up. Those who care will do the right thing. Period.

If a Coach can't lead a team to success after 2 or 3 seasons, get rid of him / her. A New leader must be brought in. Great teams are not made during the season, there are 9 months outside of the season can make a BIG impact towards the success of a the athletes.

Administrators have to be forward thinking and often need to find the methods and ideas for the coaches to implement. Turning a blind eye to the Coach who keep delivering a poor product is unethical.

If I had a losing track record as a Performance Coach, my business would be GONE. No one would show up at The Underground Strength Gym. If a restaurant has crappy food and crappy service, that restaurant will go out of business. It will not survive unless the chef, the food, the management and the servers change for the better.

In schools they don't have to change their ways because they don't go out of business, there is no fear of losing what their jobs or losing anything for that matter. You can show up and be average day in and day out (or less than average) and still not lose your job.

Very rarely does someone get let go or demoted in public schools, VERY RARELY. Why? The politics protect the wrong people & Athletic Directors are not directing the Coaches how to step up.It is HARD to guide and lead others as an Athletic Director if The AD him / herself doesn't care or doesn't know!

Until change happens, these coaches and administrators can show up and punch the clock every day. The kids deserve better. As I always say, the kids don't know what they don't know.

Kill the BS politics where we hire based on family, friends and favors. This doesn't mean that your family member isn't a good coach, it means that the BEST man / woman should get the job. Period. EARN it.

The kids deserve excellence and they don't know what they don't know.

The BEST way to step up is to CARE. CARE with ALL your heart. When you care, you are constantly seeking out better ways.

When you Care, You are constantly evolving and you thrive on change because you always want to get better, even if it's just 1% better, you know it ALL counts!

The Coaches & Athletic Directors who are not doing great things are those who:

  • The Coaches & Athletic Directors Resist Change and Resist Evolving. They think they're "good enough" or have excuse and blame others for their lack of success. Responsibility for the good AND the bad is key. For results to change, the actions MUST change.
  • The Athletic Directors Turn a Blind Eye to the Coaches who Do Not Lead Successful Teams and allow the sub par to continue.
  • The Athletic Directors and Coaches are living in the past. 'We always did it this way" or they live on their success from back in the day. GREAT teams must constantly be built UP. The great teams from the 70s, 80s, 90s, etc are GONE. The truth is NOW.

Regardless of your career or endeavor; be it an Athletic Director, a Coach, a Chef, a Police Man.... Whatever you are..... do it to be the BEST. Period. Be AWESOME. Get better every day. You owe it those you serve and you owe it to yourself.

To improve ourselves and to improve as a society, We MUST return to more Spartan like times. There is simply NO fear out there for being average or less than average. Excuses are handed out and if you don't perform you are carried along.

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Work Life Balance, Spartan Mindset & Strength Coach TRUTH Bombs http://zacheven-esh.com/ep-81/ http://zacheven-esh.com/ep-81/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:20:51 +0000 http://zacheven-esh.com/?p=17156 STRONG Life Podcast, episode 81. I get intense here discussing the mindset, strategies and guts it takes to succeed as an athlete, succeed as a Strength Coach / Entrepreneur and plenty of program design knowledge bombs. The questions I cover get into our 3 common topics: - Success in Life - Success as a Strength […]

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STRONG Life Podcast, episode 81.

I get intense here discussing the mindset, strategies and guts it takes to succeed as an athlete, succeed as a Strength Coach / Entrepreneur and plenty of program design knowledge bombs.

The questions I cover get into our 3 common topics:

- Success in Life

- Success as a Strength Coach / Entrepreneur / Gym Owner

- Success in ALL areas of Life

This QnA Episode has me answering specifics on:

- Work / life / athletics / training balance, is there truly such a thing?

-My experiences using the ONNIT clubs and mace

- My thoughts on supplements

- Should you open your own gym? Maybe NOT!

- Business Advices (Insert Arnold Voice) for Gym Owners and those thinking of getting into the business

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- Are Strength Coaches too soft? Stories of those who DO and those who Don't.

- Training the high school athlete who is in sports year round plus all their travel / club teams.

The knowledge and truth bombs get heated in this episode so if you're a sensitive person, it's best to skip this episode and live life in the clouds.

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Thank You so much for listening to this episode of The STRONG Life Podcast. It is awesome answering your questions and delivering the truth you need to hear!

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