Thursday, November 22, 2007

Video of our Most Driven Athlete

Jim Beshada may very well have been our most dedicated, most driven athlete.

Jimmy came to me after his sophomore year, where he did not make it out of the districts. This was when we were training in my backyard, garage and the field down the street.

His work ethic though, was phenomenal.

He would train 2 - 3 x week, no matter what, he never missed workouts.

If he was on vacation w/his family in South Jersey, he would drive 2 hrs. north to train and then head back down south.

He was one of those kids that handled adversity like no other, and you'll see in the beginning of the video, he's about to get pinned for a good 15 seconds, most kids would have been finished, he comes back and puts his opponnet to his back.

The weekend of the NJSIAA Wrestling Championship was when I was in Ohio to present at The Arnold Sports Fest with Randy Couture, that entire weekend I was communicating via cell w/his progress and going over warm ups and confidence building.

Jimmy took 2nd in the state, but man, this kid was the poster boy for work ethic.

Ever since he was a sophomore, he had his eye on the ultimate goal, which was winning the states. It is goals like this that can push someone to train for years on end w/out faltering.

In the end, everyone must have goals, short term and long term. If you don't have goals, I can bet that you're not making progress like you want to.

Better yet, write your goals down and post them somewhere highly visible.

Ask every wrestler who trains at my gym what their goal is and the LEAST they will say is qualify for the states. Right now the intensity is scarey and we have a few who can win the states, then again, once you make it to the states, ANYONE can win.

Our last workout with the wrestlers, the intensity was so high that the walls were even sweating!

Now go write your goals down!

In Strength,

Zach Even - Esh

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4 x Varsity Letterwinner in wrestling
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Monday, November 19, 2007

The Power of Chunking 3 - 5 times a day

Here is a little Q & A from one of our readers :)

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving in case you don't hear from me before then!

Zach ,

you mentioned in one of your e mails a technique where you train off and on throughout the day. You called it clunking. Can you briefly elaborate.



Chunking is very similar to what one cna do in business. Instead of cranking it all out in one shot, you perform several, time intensive and laser focused "action steps". I studied like this in college as well.

On weekends, I chunk push ups frequently.

Simply take one or two basic movements and work them several times throughout the day, 1 set at a time.

This can be performed w/free weights as well, not just bodyweight. With free weights, choose a moderate weight to avoid injury since you are working the set when NOT warmed up.....then again, the argument may be in REAL life we are never warmed up and often must take intense, maximal effort / action. I agree w/that point as well.

I have done this with the following list of exercises:

- pull ups

- handstand push ups

- power push ups

- squats

- kettlebell bent pressing

- kettlebell push pressing

- rope climbing

- weighted pull ups

This has been a great way to get strong, and it keeps your metabolism revving all day long.

The set does NOT have to go to failure, it can be a submax effort set but the movement must be executed to perfection.

Imagine if you did this with push ups, pull ups and squats all week - by the end of the week your reps will be over 1,000 for push ups and squats I'm sure, and several hundred for pull ups.

The bottom line is I want you to find a way to make it work, all the time, no matter what, no excuses!

If you're with me, and I'm sure you are, then don't wait to get started, DROP AND GIVE ME 50!

Have a GREAT Thanksgiving,

Thank You for being a reader and subscriber of mine!

All the best,

Zach Even - Esh

The First One & It's Still On Fire

A few years back I released a DVD called 'Ancient Training Methods'.

Back then, I was seriously poor, and could not afford to buy tons of weights.

I made everything I could with minimal investment, other things did not cost me a dime.

I got tires for free, sandbags were very cheap, pushing my truck was a given, bodyweight training at playgrounds was free.

As you know by now, all of this crazy stuff worked.

It worked so well that I was getting orders from countries I seriously had never heard of!

A Football Coach in Ct. actually implemented the entire system into his current program for his team and they went 9 - 1 the next season!

It was crazy as he sent me pics of his players using tree logs, tires, sledge hammers and everything else he learned from this power packed DVD.

The crazy thing is, I thought that the wave of excitement would finally stop. I figured there were far and few guys like myself in garages, basements and back yards training, but then again, I guess I was wrong.

I recently sent a handful of freebees to our troops inIraq.

Back when I was in high school, I was completely sold on traditional bodybuilding methods, I was always looking for the pump and worried about feeling the muscle work.

This was not true strength training, certainly not the kind of stuff that builds titanic strength that crushes and dominates opponnents. That's ok, mistakes are learned from and now I'm passing that information on to others.

Complications are gone, concerns of getting a pump are gone, feeling the muscle is also gone. I still see guys training the way I used to train next door to me.

The USC Gymnasium is next door to a bodybuilding gym, and law enforcement personnel, athletes and everyone else is not training with the methods necessary to get them the strength of a speeding freight train.

The information is out there and yours for the taking if you decide to do so.

Other people prefer training three times as long as we do and only getting half the results. Sometimes you gotta let go of the Kool Aid!

In Strength,

Zach Even - Esh

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"Hey Zach!

Just a quick note. Love your Ancient Training DVD! I went to the tire yard and picked up some tires for dragging & flipping. Some of my guys were interested in what I was doing and what could be done with a small tire.

Well, after showing them some of the moves and the dragging variations they tried them. My strongest player did some of the rows and presses and he loved it. Others did the dragging and their legs were toast. Most of the guys love the grappler and strong man training that we learned from your Gladiator Training Manual more than normal weights.

Best thing is more guys are working out now on the team than ever before! I have some other players wanting to train this way now as well!"

Greg LaBelle / Football Coach / Ct.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Gladiators...are YOU ready?!?!

This is a great video, and of course you KNOW my love for wrestling.

This is a highlight reel from when Buddy Lee, jump rope extraordinaire was competing in his mid 30's at The Olympics!

You'll also see John Smith, who I attended his intensive wrestling camps twice during high school. I still remember attending and going through 4 sessions a day!

I get goose bumps when I tell stories about how intensely he drilled - AND, he needed 2 drill partners, and TWO was not enough. He was smashing people while drilling!

Oh yea, you'll also see Chris Campbell, who was also late 30's, and a Westfield native, 15 minutes away from my house!

And now we have wrestlers coming to The Underground from Westfield!

My final words for you, my friend.....

"No matter what you do, sport or not, go for the GOLD, accept nothing less!!!"

Dedicated to your success,

Zach Even - Esh