The Best $10,000 I Ever Spent

Did I ever tell you about the best $10,000 I ever spent?

Here's how it went down:

Back in the summer/fall of 2014, I had the splendid opportunity to intern at two different world-class gyms with NHL strength coaches Ben Prentiss (currently with the New York Rangers) and Kevin Neeld (San Jose Sharks).

Despite that sounding like an amazing experience (which it was!), my finances were bleeding like a Russian princess during that time.

The week with Ben cost $2,500 alone.

Add to that the following expenditures:

* All the nights staying at hotels/AirBnB'ing in NYC, Boston, Providence, NJ, Connecticut, Philly, DC

* Renting a room for close to three months at this nice lady's place while interning at Kevin's gym

* Watching a few live NHL games in Philly, DC and NYC

* Food

* Going out ​at night

* Attending a training seminar in Providence

* Visits to a couple other top-notch training facilities (one of them ex-Boston Bruins and Boston University strength coach Mike Boyle's gym in Boston)

* Spending an afternoon at the sports museum located inside TD Garden

* Plus all the other fun stuff you gotta experience when you're roaming abroad as a young and single guy for a total of 16 weeks...

Never bothered to whip out a calculator to pinpoint the exact number for my expenses but I'd guesstimate it was well north of $10,000.

I got a helluva education in training hockey players during those three months and will always be grateful to Ben and Kevin for showing me the ropes.

Not gonna lie, though... watching my bank account come dangerously close to zero stung. That trip put me in the red for a looong time.

However, I knew I would eventually recover, reclaim and regain the $10,000.

Because I didn't view those mucho dineros spent as a cost, but as an investment.

And as should be the case with any sound investment, I've made that initial expense back many times over.

Thus, my ROI (return on investment) has and continues to be immensely positive.

The same applies to your physical health. Nothing is more important than that.

When you just ​go to the gym without a clear direction or sense of purpose, you pay a hefty cost.

Not today, probably not next week, but eventually you will.

One day down the line you wake up, look in the mirror, only to be appalled by the sight staring back - narrow shoulders, slouched posture, love handles that were not there before, feeling tired all the time...

That's the price you pay for winging your workouts.

Instead, why don't you get on the right track once and for good?

Why not score a solid return on the time, effort and money you invest into training?

It's simple, too.

You can now access all my insider workout tricks and tactics - including those I've learned over the years from some of the best strength coaches on the planet.

And, I won't charge you $10,000 for it.

Go here to jack up your training ROI for a fraction of that:

Who knows?

That might just be the best investment into your physical health and performance you'll ever make...

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The Training Mistake That Ruined Mario Lemieux’s Career

Mario Lemieux was once asked in an interview how he plans to prepare for a new hockey season…

His answer?

“I’ll stop ordering fries with my club sandwich.”

That’s 80’s hockey for ya right there.

Nobody gave a damn about diets or off-ice training.

In fact, guys would grab a few beers after every game at some local waterhole.

Of course, Lemieux was so far above the rest that he didn’t NEED TO train.

He was easily one of the TOP 3 most talented hockey players of all time (along with Bobby Orr and #99).

Just showing up at the rink for practice and games was enough for him to dominate like a boss.

But that nonchalant attitude towards training eventually led to him retiring from the game at age 32.

How so?

Well, for one thing, he suffered from a bunch of serious injuries throughout his career.

Spinal disc herniation.

Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a type of cancer).

Chronic tendinitis of a hip flexor muscle.

Back pain so severe that other people had to tie his skates.

When his back was at its worst, he couldn’t lift his luggage up into the overhead bin when flying to away games on an airplane…

And his teammates had to propel him over the boards onto the ice because he couldn’t do that on his own.

Yet he went on to win the Art Ross Trophy six times as the league’s leading scorer.

And when he retired for the first time in 1997, his points-per-game average was the highest in NHL history (at 2 ppg).

Which got me thinking…

How many scoring records would have Mario broken had he remained healthy?!

Scary thought.

I’m not a doctor (nor do I like to play one on the Internet!) but I’ve trained my fair share of hockey players with hip flexor and back problems.

Those issues plague more athletes than you’d believe, jefe.

There’s a simple solution, though…

Proper strength training methods often prevent, alleviate and fix those common problems.

Actually, a smart off-ice training program will not only improve performance…

It will keep you healthy and in the game longer.

Don’t overlook the importance of that like Mario (unfortunately for all of us) did.

Head on over to today to avoid injuries that could end your career prematurely.

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If You’re Broke As a Joke, I Can’t Help You

True story:

Many moons ago (in January 2016 to be exact), when the Finnish U20 National Team (including one of my athletes) celebrated gold at the 2016 WJC, I announced a rare $50 discount on my original Next Level Hockey Training System, bringing the price down to a paltry $97.

I also made it very clear this was a one-time offer valid for just five days following the championship.

After that, it would disappear faster than the 50 cars Nicolas Cage steals in one night in Gone in Sixty Seconds.

Then I received an email from a blue light special who said he wanted to buy the program -- but didn't have the money for it.

"I'll wait until next time it's on discount", he said.

Obviously, there was never another discount. So he missed out on his one chance of getting it at a reduced price.

Here's my point:

I have always said nobody should go into debt buying my products.

If you're so tight on the green stuff that you need to go dumpster diving in order to survive the next month after purchasing something from me, you've got bigger problems to think about than training and lifting weights.

When you're broke as a joke, I can't help you.

(And if you can't throw a Benji or two on something that enhances your life in a big way, then you ​ARE flat broke...)

So fix your financ​es first, then come back when you're all sorted out.

Something I've also said before?

My training programs are NOT for everyone.

Hey, some people would rather be entertained than get results.

Personally, I can't understand that. Then again, I realize some peeps sign up for a ​12-month gym membership after New Year's, only to vanish like a virgin on prom night by late January, so what do I know?

Anyways, if YOU are sick and tired of spinning your wheels in the weight room (and have got some loose smackaroo in your pockets), then ​click this jolly ol' link:

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P.S. Reason I brought this "poor" guy up?

If he were an action taker, he'd have found a way to produce the missing funds, not make excuses about his lack of moolah.

He could have worked a few hours overtime.

Or gotten an extra job.

(When I first got out of the army at 20, I worked three jobs at a time so I could fund my move abroad to college).

Or driven Uber.

Or mown grass for neighbors.

Or sold his Blu-Ray movie collection on Ebay now collecting dust in his closet.

Or... I'm sure you get the gist.

I don't cater to people who want to be coddled and be told the world is a warm, fuzzy place.

For that, go take an estrogen bath on Fakebook where people whine, whimper and ​​wallow in weak excuses​.

At the end of the day...

Doers find a way to get shyte done.

And losers will keep on losing.

How This College Hockey Player Boosted His Strength and Explosiveness By Training Less

College hockey player Tuukka Totro reflects back on his training with yours truly:


"Before I started training with Yunus, I was focusing on too many things off the ice and had hit a plateau.

I was training too often and for too long at a time (up to 9x per week in the summer for 2-3 hours per session) but didn’t feel like I was making any noticeable progress.

I had built a solid aerobic base over the years, so playing big minutes was never the problem.

Strength and explosiveness were lacking, though, which limited my game.

After I started following Yunus’ training programs, progress came by quickly and I was hitting new personal records on power cleans, front squats, weighted chin-ups, and deadlifts week after week.

Most importantly, I saw improvements in the weight room carry over onto the ice.

As a smaller player (5’7) playing against bigger and heavier guys in the juniors and now at the college level, I have no trouble holding my own in board battles. I can protect the puck with my body a lot better and can even remove bigger opponents from the puck, which certainly wasn’t the case before.

In addition, I noticed that my balance on skates has improved a lot and I can now handle my body much better even in unstable positions.

I would highly recommend Yunus’ training methods to other hockey players.

If you really want to push your physical limits and achieve results that you never expected to see, you should train under him.

Yunus has got an unparalleled passion for developing his athletes and he demands a lot from them.

But his training is smart and progress happens very fast. It’s not mentally or physically easy but it’s totally worth it."

To boost your strength and explosiveness, while spending less time in the gym - just like Tuukka did - click here:

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Must Have Training Equipment

Last night I ordered a bunch of new stuff for the gym.

A couple different handles, fractional plates, resistance bands of different tension...

While barbells and dumbbells will always remain a key part of boosting athletic performance, there's nothing wrong with using other training tools to spice things up once in a while.

You see, the mind craves variety.

And I believe that altering not only the physical stimulus you receive from lifting weights, but the mental as well, will lead to more progress and less boredom down the line.

So unless you're planning to compete in powerlifting, why not deviate from the holy trinity of squat, bench, deadlift?

There's hundreds of exercises you can perform with a little bit of creativity.

That's when investing a few hundred bucks into additional equipment will pay extra dividends.

So what equipment should you buy then?

I've compiled a neat lil' list to get you on the right track today.

Let's start from the top of the body and work our way down...

* Neck harness

A thick, strong neck garners instant respect. And is the #1 antidote against concussions.

* Resistance bands

Great for hitting your upper back with extra volume via banded pull-aparts, face pulls, pulldowns and rows.

* Slingshot

Takes stress off your shoulder joint when benching.

* Fat Gripz

A thicker bar decreases stress on the elbows and shoulders on curls and presses.

* Wrist straps

Better grip on heavy rows, deads, power cleans and single-leg DB exercises.

* Weight vest or belt

For overloading chins and push-ups when body weight becomes too easy.

* Gymnastic rings

If you want sick upper body strength development.

* Hip Thrust Pad

Name says it all. Best pad for hip thrusting on the market. Yes, better than the Hampton thick pad we used for years you've probably seen in our training videos.

* Squat shoes

Perfect for Oly lifts and barbell squats. Can't go wrong with Nike Romaleos here. Though several of my athletes favor the Adidas Power Perfect II. Both excellent options.

To learn how I use these - and plenty of other - training tools to whip my hockey players into shape, go to:

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Why the Theater Floor Is Always Sticky

If you have ever wondered why the theater floor is always so sticky...

An amorous Texas couple was arrested after they were caught having the secks inside a multiplex movie theater in San Antonio.

Despite their innocuous explanation - "We were just having a little fun!" - the duo was charged with public lewdness, to be released on a $3200 bond.

My first thought when I heard of this:

What movie was it?

The new Blade Runner remake?

I guess seeing an old Harrison Ford still assassinating androids after all these years gets some people's juices flowin' like the Nile.

Anyhoo, some ​guys could use a little stickiness in their training as well...

Here's what I mean:

Lotsa athletes go their entire lives without reaching the point where you're lifting weights ​heavy enough that your grip becomes the weakest link in your body.

If you're one of them, this won't apply to you.

But once you're moving decent poundages, your grip and forearm strength will be the limiting factor in your lifts.

It's actually unsafe to lift weights where your grip could give ​out. You never want the bar to slip out of your hands during an explosive Olympic lift like a power clean or snatch. Or during a heavy strength movement where a slippery bar could cause a shift in optimal lifting form, leading to injury. Like the bench press or deadlift.

How can you prevent that?

By using chalk.

The formula is simple:

Chalk = stronger grip = heavier weights = stronger.

However, many public gyms ban the use of chalk because it makes a mess.

The solution?

Liquid chalk. I buy mine at a rock climbing store for 10 bucks a bottle.

But like I mentioned, not too many athletes ever build remarkable levels of leg, back, chest and shoulder strength that overpowers what their grip can handle.

So in that sense, if you notice the rest of your body could lift bigger weights than what you can hold in your hands -- it's a good problem to have.

And practically one every hockey player who follows the workouts in Next Level Hockey Training 2.0 experiences.

If you, too, want to gain impressive​ full-body strength like that, then come grasp it with your hot, sticky-icky hands at:

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3 Advanced Exercises for Improving Your Vertical Jump

Research shows vertical jump performance correlates with skating speed.

Not only that, I've noticed that without fail my fastest guys on the ice have the highest jumps on their team.

So I figured I'd disclose three great (but quite uncommon) exercises for increasing your VJ today.

That said, these are advanced movements you should NOT try if you can't squat two wet socks. Revisit this topic after you've spent enough time inside the squat rack.

With that mandatory disclaimer out of the way, let's dive right in...

1. Band ​Resisted ​Kettlebell ​Swing

I'm not a huge fan of kettlebells but this is one of the few KB exercises I like.

But why use a resistance band for this? Couldn't you just do regular kettlebell swings?

Two reasons:

* It accelerates the eccentric (lowering) part of the movement.

* It forces you to generate more force (see what I did there??) on the swing because there's more tension/resistance the closer you get to the top.

So what we get is a rapid eccentric followed by a powerful contraction.

Which happens to be exactly what we want in a vertical jump.

2. Depth ​Jump

An oldie but a goldie.

You step off a low to medium height box and immediately explode into a vertical jump in a reactive fashion.

The elevated drop overloads the stretch reflex, "shocking" the nervous system and priming it for positive changes in explosiveness.

3. Trap ​Bar ​Jump

Loaded jumping is another great method for training the nervous system to produce higher jumps.

We generally use around 40-60 kg on the trap bar with my athletes.

To discover how to program these (and lotza mo') VJ-increasing exercises into your workouts, jump right over to:

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