I feel my last article MYTHS, HALF TRUTHS, AND LIES was a pretty hard hitting article. Like many before me, I was becoming more and more frustrated with the training industry that I am a part of. By the responses I received, the article did it’s job and told the story fairly and accurately.
Along the way some very good points were brought up. To summarize, people wanted to know what makes my gym different? What is different about my training? Why should we believe what you say? These are all fair questions. I hope to answer them here.
Let me start with the last question. I started weight training in 1980 and have been training ever since. Much of my adult life and education has been devoted to strength training and athletic performance.
My master’s degree is in Physical Education and I have dual New York State Teacher Certifications (Health&PE). I have a minor in Nutrition, a certification as an assistant in Special Education (this really helps sometimes when working with various athletes) and the top Fitness Instructor Certification from the International Sports Science Association.
I have competed and coached football, wrestling, lacrosse, powerlifting, strongman, and physical fitness. I have read and studied just about everything you have ever heard of on training. Also, I spend a lot of my free time watching instructional videos from the best minds in the strength and athletic fields that you can find.
Add to this that I have trained with some of the best lifters in the area and set and hold some state or national records in drug free lifting. The answer should become pretty clear as to why you should believe what I say. You shouldn’t! All of that stuff might look fine and dandy on my resume. It all means nothing though if I can’t deliver on the promises I make.
Instead look at the results of the athletes who have trained with me. For example, I had an athlete who wrestled 160lbs his senior year. He also was the starting quarterback on a team that reached the county championship game. He was stronger than any of the lineman who blocked for him.
No one believes me when I tell them of some of the lifts being made at The Iron Empire. How about a 16 year old who weighs 180 pulling 450. You might say that is pretty good. How about that he did it for 10! More recently at 145lbs. a kid just starting his sophomore year pulled 345 for 20!
I could go on and on with incredible lifting feats. This would not be the most important thing though. The fact that every single athlete who trains with me gets remarkably stronger is. After all, if your goal is to get stronger, and you are willing to train to do so, then this is the bottom line.
Make an appointment to come down and visit us. I invite all parents, coaches, and athletes. You will get to see us train and speak to the athletes who train with me. You can compare our training to yours or any others. See if there is a difference? It is free, there is no obligation and never any pressure to join. I will continue in part two. Thanks for reading, I hope many of you will take me up on my offer. Coach Ellinger