I've pumped up some east coast travels into overtime leading up to this summer with my seminar schedule. In addition, there are enough events happening at Underground Strength HQ in NJ for anyone who wants to be an aggressive learning machine.
Let there be no mistake about it. If you want to succeed, you must DO THE WORK. AKA Hustle. Also of note, you must be strategic with every action you take.
ALL upcoming events are listed HERE.
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Motivated and ego free Coaches should find a way to make it to an event. Period.
If you're hungry and motivated to learn because you understand that Success happens when you are in a network of ethical, supportive coaches, then get to an event now, NOT "next time".
That brings me to some random thoughts that I naturally recommend the complainers and excuse makers do not read. I'm too busy to hear who's making excuses. I only want to hear from the ass kickers.
Random Thoughts for March 2015
- I am often asked when is the "next one" or "the next time" and I've always been weary of working with those types of people. The person who is waiting for the next time thinks that times are tough or bad but truly, they are not as bad as many people make them out to be.
I was 25 or 26K in debt and as I climbed my way out of debt through ACTION I was still investing in my knowledge through seminars and masterminds. I KNEW that these learning experiences would give me the tools to not only get me out of debt faster, but to also help me achieve more success beyond the short term.
- The Power of the "Slight Edge" - I'm still using info that I learned from an investment of my first ever business product. I was sweating bullets investing $97 some 12 years ago or so on this course.
I looked at the sales page over and over and over again. Finally I said f**k it, because the way I erased my fear was simply knowing that I was gonna be an aggressive, action taking machine, in turn, making this course an investment, not an expense.
I don't like to flash dollar signs but I've built multiple businesses since then, all of them very successful. Where would I be if I never made the investment? Certainly not where I am today.
All you need to do is get 1 thing from a seminar or business course. That's my mind set. I'm not looking for 10, 20 or more ideas. Just 1 idea that I can implement to change the trajectory of my business success. 1 idea can change your world.
- The Lehigh U. Wrestling Team qualifies 8 guys for NCAA Tournament. That is awesome and I am psyched big time for this success. I began training the team in mid September of 2014 and it's been a tough 6 months since then, filled with hard workouts and high intensity. I am proud to be a part of this team and what Lehigh stands for as a University. EXCELLENCE.
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The footage above is from our non starters, maxing out on the Trap Bar Deadlift.
How often do we max out?
That was the first time testing 1 rep max on any lifts since starting in September. Even non starters are competing regularly through open tournaments AND need to be healthy so they can bang heads in the practice room. This gets them better and of course pushes the starters to improve as well.
- Who are the Best Athletes?
The best athletes are coachable, first & foremost. The athlete who has an ego or who argues with the coach will not reach his full potential. This is something I've seen from the youth level to the Olympic level and I've worked with them at ALL these levels.
In addition, the best athlete is consistent in training, none of this "I need a break" bull shyt that happens after every season and every summer. This on again / off again training creates a yo yo effect and the athletes becomes weaker during the critical times of the competition season.
I explain that yo yo effect in this video....
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- The Box Squat
I am not an all or nothing Strength Coach when it comes to box squats or any exercise for that matter.
Forcing an athlete into a program is wrong. You must fit the program to fit the athlete both on a physical and emotional / mental level.
I've noticed year after year that athletes have shitty hip mobility, shitty body awareness and shitty discipline when it comes to squats especially.
Shitty discipline simply means that even though they know they must squat all the way down (below parallel) they will go heavier and half rep it. This is when I want the box squat because every rep will go to the depth required. No half reps.
Shitty hip mobility and poor body awareness tend to go together as athletes think they are squatting low enough but their hips (and ankles) have such horrible mobility that they usually get stuck at slightly above parallel.
I like to use Kettlebell Goblet Squats to get them to understand depth as well as performing pause squats during training and even long pause squats (prying squats) during the warm up.
A pause squat during training will be 1-3 seconds in the bottom, but, during prying and during the warm up we're looking at 10 - 20 seconds in the hole, keeping the back flat, of course.
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- The Underground Strength Gyms (Manasquan & Edison, NJ) qualified 10 wrestlers for the high school state tournament.
4 of the 10 placed.
These 4 wrestlers are all seniors.
3 of the 4 will be wrestling at The Division 1 Level. 1 is still making his final college decisions.
The lesson here? Success is NO accident. The 10 who qualified for the state tournament ranged from sophomores through seniors and they all trained both off season and in season.
I was hesitant to write this article many years ago and that was a big reason in doing it. If you worry about offending people and standing for what you believe in you will never succeed.
You'll follow the herd instead of standing your ground. I'm intense and passionate. I believe in working hard all year whether you're a competing athlete or not. Age doesn't matter. Zip Code doesn't matter. Be a work horse. Period.
That article pissed off lots of people. The people who were pissed all made excuses and complained about nonsense, such as trying to say I was degrading women. Women and men who get this also understand that some phrases were made long ago. I could have said "passification" but I have no time for complainers.
It is what is. Too many cry babies in this world. People need to get tough in life. This is why I believe in training hard because it carries over to life. But, I guess this is the "human food chain". There will always be the motivated and the tough at the top of the food chain, the weak excuse makers will be at the bottom with excuses as long as a laundry list.
- Stand for Something or Fall for Anything
I will not expand on this one, I want you to think for yourself. Ask yourself what you stand for and then follow through. What does this mean to you? Don't talk about it. BE about it.
That's all for now.
If you're an ass kicker, check out my calendar of events HERE and drop a comment below as to when / where I will see you.
Drop your comments / questions below