Today marks a very exciting, yet sad day in my life as a coach.
9 years ago today, I was fortunate enough to have met this guy:
Over the years I was able to watch him grow and develop. We even posted his 8th grade highlight tape:
The kid beasted it as an 8th grader. After we posted this video, we got a lot of awesome feedback and support. But also got a few negative ones – we had to delete a few nasty ones. As most of you know, people on the internet can be dicks. We didn’t think it was necessary for a kid to get ripped on publicly like that.
But we left one up there –
Well Cyberpump! & everyone else hating on the kid, here’s some news – This kid just left for college on a football scholarship.
So on behalf of him, myself, Freak Strength & Defranco’s Gym:
This past offseason he’s been with me for 30ish weeks. We’ve performed very little actual weight lifting & very little max effort work.
During his summer, like many high school seniors, he took an internship. Prior to his summer internship, at 180lbs he was able to trapbar deadlift 575lbs, floor press 295lbs & ran a fully electric 4.83 40y dash. For those of you that don’t know, a fully electric 40 is roughly .2-.25sec slower than hand time. Which converts to 4.5-4.6 40y dash. Which is pretty good.
Now, because of his internship, his only chance to workout was at 5am. I can honestly count on 1 hand how many times this unbelievably dedicated kid missed a workout. And it wasn’t because he was hungover, it was because he was dead tired from working all day and accidentally slept through his alarm. Not once did he show up hung-over or whiney because he didn’t want to be there. He came in and worked his ass off at 5am Monday-Friday. And most days, he beat me to the gym!
Due to his time constraint, we were barely able to perform much, if any weight work. Most days we had to skip weights because he had to haul ass home to shower and change before work. All we did was speed work, jumps & explosive throws.
By the end of it, he was able to run a fully electric 4.8 40y for 10 reps! Keep in mind, I cut it after any form deterioration, & that day, I actually had to cut it because he had to leave for work!
The other day we decided to hit some heavy floor presses as well & at a bodyweight of 182lbs he hit 310lbs with ease! He PR’d by 15lbs (with more in the tank) with minimal weight lifting for 2 months! I didn’t test his deadlift, because frankly, I didn’t care enough to. However, I doubt he can’t PR in that also.
Fortunately/unfortunately, now it’s time to say goodbye. Though I don’t need to, I’d just like to wish this kid good luck. I love you bro and I’m so unbelievably proud of you. We all know you’re going to kill it on and off the field. Keep making all of us proud!