Check out the tour of the NEW Underground Strength Gym located in Manasquan, NJ - aka, The Jersey Shore.
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My motivation behind opening The Underground Strength Gym in Manasquan was several key factors:
1) I was driving to and from my Underground Strength Gym in Edison on average of 4 days a week, 45 minutes each way. The drive was crushing my productivity. My ability to go and see my athletes competing, my ability to help at wrestling clubs or train athletic teams during the week was crushed.
Sitting in a car is not my idea of being productive and let me tell you, it also wreaks havoc on your health. I commit a lot of my time to helping Coaches and seeing my athletes. When I can't utilize my time to my maximum ability a change is in order.
2) I always had a vision of riding my bike to my gym and my kids having the freedom to stop by the gym anytime they wanted to. Many of you know how my family is my back bone and what truly drives me to become greater every day.
I NEVER imagined or even looked for a location in this town, I was actually aggressively searching for over a year for a new location but always in the 10-20 minute range north of where I live. When I saw this location for rent I was hesitant at first. I told myself to stop saying "NO" to so many opportunities that had come my way and to finally take the jump. I did and the road to opening was a rocky road.
My wife literally set up this entire gym and it took us a LONG freaking time to clean it out. It was an absolute disaster zone when I walked in!
3) I had athletes / parents commuting from the "Jersey Shore" area up to Edison and for years, they had been asking me to get an Underground down the shore.
4) My Underground Strength Coach Certification has grown beyond what I ever imagined and my Edison gym was running out of space. In addition, after the success of the first Underground Strength Conference and seeing that the critical skills Strength Coaches needed was training, I wanted to ensure I could train Coaches as well as athletic teams in a bigger setting.
After I posted this video on YouTube someone commented about how The Underground has come so far, from my parents back yard and garage, to my first house in the garage and now a second location.
This CrossFit Video showed where everything started for me.....
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Here is my first Video for the CrossFit Journal close to 6 years ago showing them the First Warehouse Space of The Underground Strength Gym.....
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It is definitely pretty crazy to see this evolution, but, I have and, always will bust my ass to give my all to my family, the people I train and Underground Strength Nation.
This new gym has me focused on my mission of helping athletes who have the burning desire to achieve success. I am deeply connected to the kid who has the eye of the tiger yet needs guidance in mind, body & spirit.
That is what I am built for, that is why I have been put on this earth, to make people STRONG.
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Thanks for supporting the growth of Underground Strength Nation, especially if you've been with me since day 1, where many people laughed at us and thought we were a joke. Having a gym or 2 gyms doesn't make anyone the real deal.
The results that athletes gets and the lives that have been changed are proof that we are NO joke. What we do changes lives and I am beyond grateful.
Thank you to ALL who helped make this happen, Thank You to ALL who laughed at us and tried to hold us back, Most of ALL, Thank YOU to my family who supported me through this amazing journey!
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