Hello, hope you had an exciting weekend! I did, but I can’t tell you why. Just yet, anyway! Big things going on at DST and the athletes need your support and so do I! DST was nominated in a competition that is held throughout the U.S.
The competition is called The 2011 Rising Stars of the Fitness Industry!! Our gym was nominated for this competition. There are over 50 coaches and gyms who are involved. The winner is based off of how many votes they get!
This is where I need your SUPPORT. If you are on this mailing list you have been to my website and have signed up for information about DST! The chance to win would NEVER be possible if it was NOT for all of the dedicated athletes and clients at DST! The nomination is about them and how they have helped me build such a kick ass atmosphere!
The website you need to visit is www.fitnessbusinessinterviews.com. Here is all the information you will need!
Monday September 12th: @ 9pm eastern – we are having an early opening of the event. (TONIGHT)
Tuesday September 13th – Voting day – The day where you let your followers know about the event.
Wednesday September 14th – The winners are posted
P.S. There will be updates about voting throughout the day on Tuesday. I will keep everyone posted!
Thank You!! Let’s do this!!
Success Stories happen often at DST. We have dedicated athletes and supportive parents. That’s a deadly mix. If the parents take little notice in what the athlete is NOT doing at home the training won’t work. We need the FULL support of each parent and the drive with the athletes.
This athlete has put in the time and constant effort. Last year Jonah starting training at 107 lbs. Today Jonah is training at 132 lbs. That is a 25 lb increase in muscle since his first day. A lot of athletes want success but won’t put in the time to capture it!
Jonah has packed some serious muscle and strength. He hit a new trap bar at 255 lbs at a body weight of 132 lbs. He training is relentless and his conditioning is through the roof. Looking forward to a big wrestling season this year for Jonah.
I sent Jonah’s Success Story out over email yesterday and got a reply from his mother April. (who happens to train with us in out Fitt Camp 3 x a week) Check it out here.. www.pittsburghfitcamp.com
Here is her reply:
“This is great. It would not have been possible without your support. Thank you for everything. Jonah is a different kid now.”
|Before: 107 lbs||Jonah After: 132 lbs|
There are people in life who take massive action and those who will make every excuse known to man. This high school hockey player has put the definition mental toughness to the test!
Benji Zorich started training at DST 6 months ago at 230 lbs. Benji could not do 1 push-up, could not even hold onto the pull-up bar, he had zero mobility and was just out of shape for a hockey player.
Benji instantly set goals with our nutrition coach Ricky Cianfaglione and myself. Benji informed us that he wanted to get to 195lbs before July and the start of hockey season.
Benji’s progression is a testiment to Benji himself and for the guidance of Ricky C. our nutrition coach. Benji is now banging out over 30 push-ups, hitting sets of 3-5 pull-ups (from not being able to hold onto the pull-up bar) and is actually strong as a bull. Benji can trap bar 275 lbs with ease.
Here is Benji’s pics: AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!!!
|Before: 230 lbs||After: 185 lbs|
“Before I started going toDaman’s Strength Training, I would get on the ice and be out of breath by the end of my first shift. Daman’s has gotten me motivated to get moving. Now I’m building muscle, gaining stamina, and dropping fat with organized diets and sweat filled workouts. I feel better about myself and I feel much better on the ice. Daman’s has helped me get in shape so that I may get on the ice and help my teammates in a faster, stronger, and all around better ways.”
Benji Zorich- Beaver Hockey
These two pictures show the same person, Travis Sonson. But, if you got to know Travis as I have over the past year you would be able to understand how big of a change he has made. He has gone from a 90 lb weakling to a 112 lb freak of nature! This kid knows how to train and bring the intensity each and every workout!
Here is a young wrestler that had some ups and downs over the past year. The one thing that seperates Travis from other athletes is his desire to NEVER quit. Travis had a rough freshmen year. Even though his freshmen year was tough he still came to DST to train after wrestling practice because he wanted to get better.
Travis had trouble with a certain member of his team and wasn’t winning wrestle offs. While Travis worked to get better his opponent got complacent thinking he was always going to beat Travis. Travis came to me after the 3rd wrestle off and told me it went to overtime.
Even though Travis came up short that day I told him the 4th wrestle off he would win. The next wrestle off Travis got the victory and hasn’t looked back. As you can see his hard work is paying off. Travis has been training at DST for over a year and we hope to see his continued success.
I hear it all the time from female athletes and parents. “Lifting makes girls bulky”. I just heard it the other day. What makes you bulky is a lack of exercise and ton of carbs. These 3 athletes have made a very smart decision on training.
Sami Robson has been training with me for 3 years now. She started training after she had a small MCL repair. Since then she has had ZERO injuries and had an awesome freshmen year at Westminster. Jenn Cantella came to DST after she was released by the doctor.
Jenn had been playing 3 sports throughout high school and college. She played soccer, basketball and softball. Then she went to college and continued to play all 3 sports. Jenn never had an off-season to help prepare her body for the demands of all those sports. This took a toll on her body and she torn her ACL.
Nicole Mansfield is our youngest female athlete and HAS great potential. She has been training for not even 1 month and has gone from 0 pull-ups to 3 and from 2-3 push-ups to 12. Right now we are helping Nicole “Build the Foundation of Strength”. She doesn’t care what everyone else is doing she wants to seperate herself and become one of the BEST!
These 3 athletes will continue to improve on their craft and make strides to be one of the BEST! Only serious athletes make the jump to improve themselves. Others sit back and make excuses! You can’t rely on what you have done in the past. Because there are athletes like Sami, Jenn and Nicole that are blowing past you!!
MUST SEE VIDEO BELOW!!
Here is an email that a former athletes parent just sent me on Monday. This type of stuff makes my day and reminds me that our gym is not only making athletes better it is also changing their overall confidence on how they approach life.
“I just wanted to let you know that while Tony is no longer attending your gym, you taught him what it takes to get into shape physically and stay there. His eating habits are better and he is working out everyday. He is committed to being in great shape. He is attending St. Vincent College in a couple weeks. Thanks for all you do”.
Then 2 minutes later I received another email from Yvonne.
“Also wanted to let you know he made honor roll the last 3 quarters at Quigley. So his confidence has built as well. You said he would transform”!
Here is Bucci after his transformation!!
20 lbs loss and HUGE confidence gain
These supportive parents don’t waste time when it comes to putting their kids in the right type of environment. Too many parents make up crazy excuses why their kids can’t train or that they don’t have the funds. Yet, their kids walk in the gym with brand new Jordan’s, has the newest cell phone, and the newest IPod that just came out. Craziness to me! They complain to me that all they do is play video games and lay around. The athletes are DST are a different type of kid and want to be the best. These athletes succeed through DESIRE!
When we get young athletes I can see what the future holds for them as long as they are dedicated to training! What I mean about being dedicated is that the athlete must do the nessessary work outside of the gym as well. I expect athletes to follow a healthy style of eating and make sure they are doing what they can to help maximize their results. Jacob will be entering 9th grade and is about as solid as they come. He fits in perfect in our gym. He trains hard, listens intently and works to be one of the best.
We refer to Jacob as Tug. When Tug came to DST he was 190 lbs and today he is walking around at a SOLID 210 lbs! With proper coaching and dedication Tug’s future looks bright for Beaver Football. I am excited to see Tug grow in our gym over the next few years!!
Here is Tug’s dad Dave Naber talking about the success Tug has had while training at DST!!!
Eddie Johnson is the parent of Preston Johnson and has seen Preston transform. Preston has gone from being a 7th grader who struggled to do 5 push-ups to high school freshmen doing 225 lb bench press, repping 405 lbs on dead lift and squatting 275 lbs with ease for reps Not bad for a kid who has dedicated himself to becoming the best!
Preston has been training at DST since I opened the doors on Day 1. He is what we call an “OG”!! Original Gangsta!! Eddie decided he wanted to take Preston’s training to the next level and called Shawn Moody of GameSpeed. Not a good move, I’d call that a GREAT move!!
Dear Athletes, Coaches, Parents and Friends
There is an overwhelming amount of training information for almost every athletic sport that we can participate in. You don’t have to travel far or dig deep into the research to locate what you are looking for. Everywhere you look there are “guru’s” providing sport specific camps, speed and agility training and professional athletes endorsing “neon green gadgets” to take you to the next level!
This greatly saddens and frustrates me. Lost amongst the parachutes, bands, weighted sleds and jumping shoes is also the patience and respect for the process involved in true athletic development. The “quick-fix” solution that pollutes the late night infomercials has invaded the sporting world and it is deteriorating the very fabric of performance training. Despite what these “guru’s” attempt to “sell” you or proclaim, there are no hidden secrets or special pieces of equipment that will launch your athleticism to the elite-level.
The gamespeed philosophy is rooted in human movement, and movement transcends all sports!
I understand that the human body is made up of a complex matrix of systems and the importance of no separation of these systems during training.
I am focused on the development of the complete athlete and this takes an holistic approach. Our training encompasses all variables of sports performance that revolve around the primal fundamental movement patterns. Regardless of your sport there are commonalities in movement patterns.
And regardless of what you believe… you can get much better in all aspects of your speed and development.
My programming looks at the “big picture”. I look at long-term development and the proper structure of the athletic foundation. I place a heavy emphasis on the proper biomechanics while being mindful of the physiological demands of your sport.
It’s a journey that takes patience, time and should truly be enjoyed. To reach our top potential we must start at the beginning and establish the base that we will build on!
So, please don’t hook yourself up to some parachute!
This video shows one of our youngest athletes training, pushing his mind and learning about the value of hard work! Sam Hammers will be going into 8th grade. Sam and his dad Shawn came to us to help Sam prepare for football season.
Not only has Sam dedicated himself to 3 days at DST but he is also training with Shawn Moody and Game Speed. While his friends sit at home, play video games and think they’re going to have a good season Sam is preparing to dominate his opponents.
Personality is a MUST at DST!!!
What pumps me up the most is that Sam is self motivated. He brings it everyday and GETS better. Every athlete succeeds at different rates. It might be finally getting 10 full push-ups, being able to goblet squat with perfect technique, or holding a plank for 1 full minute. Why rush and push a young athlete to do something his body isn’t ready to do? Build their confidence, get them strong through body weight movements and perfect technique.
Remember: It’s about Long Term Athletic Development