“We Will Win Tonight”

1994 Stanley Cup playoffs.

New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers.

Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

With the Rangers down 3-2 in the best-of-7 series, Rangers captain Mark Messier tells reporters:

"We will win tonight."

His words are splashed on the front pages of newspapers all around the city.

A bold guarantee Messier delivered to show confidence in his teammates that they could steal a win in NJ, avoid elimination, and come back to Madison Square Garden for a Game 7.

But with the Devils up 2-0 late in the second period, the guarantee was looking like a flop.

Then Messier took over, transferring some of that headline inspiration into true leadership on the ice.

Messier set up Alex Kovalev for New York's first goal at 18:19 of the second period, cutting the Devils' lead to 2-1. He then tied the game 2-2 at 2:48 of the third period, gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead at 12:12 and scored a shorthanded empty-net goal at 18:15.

The Rangers returned to the Garden for Game 7, won 2-1 on Stephane Matteau's double-overtime goal (with Howie Rose's iconic "Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!!" call after the puck went in) and went on to end a 54-year Stanley Cup drought by defeating the Vancouver Canucks in a seven-game Final.

Messier's remarkable guarantee in the newspapers laid the foundation to one of the all-time great New York sports moments.

Speaking of bold guarantees...

My Next Level Hockey Training System also comes with one.

It includes a 365-day, full 100% money-back guarantee.

Most training programs you can find online ​feature a paltry 30-day guarantee.

(That is, if they even offer a guarantee in the first place)

I'm so confident you will gain the strength, power and high performance you want that I'm including a 100% money-back guarantee for a FULL 365 DAYS with my training program.

If you are not stronger and in better shape than you are today after following the workouts for a year, I'll buy it back from you.

That means I take all the risk, not you.

Grab the Next Level Hockey Training System now if you, too, want to win tonight.

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What Happens When You Shoot a Bullet Into a Hurricane

Now that's a question I've always wanted to know the answer to.

So one day hopped online to google it.

Here's what I found out:

If you shoot any bullet into a hurricane, it will travel fast enough to kill someone, but its trajectory will be blown way off course, making it nearly impossible to predict where it will land.

It will, inevitably, hit something or someone.

It could come back and kill the shooter.

Or hit some hapless bystander.

Which makes it a very bad decision for anyone involved - whether you're the one squeezing the trigger or at the receiving end of a projectile.

Something else my Google search revealed?

A bunch of gee-niouz 'Muricans trying to stop Hurricane Irma from advancing into Florida by firing bullets at it.

They thought they could dissipate the violent windstorm on the spot by aiming their rifles, handguns, and pistol-grip submachine guns and squeezing off a handful of rounds.

What can I say?

Human stupidity never ceases to amaze me.

Speaking of shooting at things...

Thanks to the upper body, lower back and core strength you gain following the workouts in my Next Level Hockey Training System, you'll fire the puck harder.

And who knows?

Maybe your shot will grow so lethal, you'll be dissipating goalies on the spot.

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Freaks and Geeks

Someone pointed out something significant to me many moons ago:

"Fitness is far from healthy."

They were, of course, referring to all the freaky behind-the-scenes stuff going on in the bodybuilding/fitness world many regular Joes have zero awareness of:

* Rampant steroid abuse

* Starvation diets that wreak havoc on your natural testosterone levels (and other hormones)

* Injecting synthol or similar oily substances in your muscles to make them appear larger

* Eating every three hours, on the clock, whether you are hungry or not

* Women augmenting their bodies with breast and butt implants

* Stuffing your face with obscene amounts of food, trying to get as big as possible, destroying your gastrointestinal health

* Skipping cardio because aerobic exercise could hinder muscular development

* Muscle pain or joint problems, especially during or immediately after exercise

* Massive fluctuations in bodyweight

* Exhausting workouts that take two hours (or longer) to complete

* Waking up in the middle of the night to chug down a protein shake for fear of going catabolic

On and on and awnnn the list goes...

Those in the fitness community who do these things may *look* physically fit.

But are they healthy?

Don't think so.

That got me thinking...

What if there was a better way to train to get in shape?

A way that doesn't damage your body.

A way that makes you look and perform like an athlete.

A way that *is* healthy.

That's where Next Level Hockey Training 2.0 comes in. It was designed to turn hockey players not blessed with great genetics into freaks.

Without ruining your body in the process.

But, the program sure ain't for everybody. To paraphrase Warren G:

"You can't be any geek off the street.

You gotta be handy with the iron, earn your keep."

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My #1 Vacation Fitness Tip

In my younger and dumber years attending college in Germany, I hardly took advantage of all the great travel opportunities around me.

Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid and London were each within 2 or 3 hours by plane.

A round-trip ticket wouldn't have cost more than a hundred bucks.

Still, my training was holding me back from visiting these European capitals.

Just the thought of taking a few days off from the gym would cause my stress levels to amplify and cortisol to flow like the Nile.

How could I ever enjoy walking around the Colosseum, watching the majestic Real Madrid play at Santiago Bernabeu, or sightseeing atop a red double-decker​ bus near Trafalgar Square when I was shrinking and getting weaker by the day?

Of course, those fears were unwarranted.

But back then I didn't know any better.

And I'm certainly not the only guy who's afraid a layoff from training will make all their gainzzz disappear like a fart into Sahara.

If that concerns you, check this out:

A recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research rounded up 20 experienced weight trainers. After the participants completed their initial 4-week training program, they took two weeks off from training altogether before continuing lifting.

How much strength and muscle mass did the trainees lose during that layoff?


No strength or size lost.

And they didn't get any fatter. It's as if the layoff never happened.

So next time your family guilts you into taking a two-week vacation to a European metropolis where museums are plenty and hardcore gyms sparse...

Instead of grabbing the marble schlong of Michelangelo's David and doing one-arm pull-ups and inverted rows to counteract your fears of turning into a weaker and smaller version of Christian Bale in The Machinist, why not just go with the flow and enjoy the sights, the food and the change of scenery?

You'll have plenty of time to get back on track once you return home from your trip.

Once you do, your training program will be waiting here:

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“I’m in a High-Speed Chase, Bro!”

Idiots all around us:

A 25-year-old Oklahoma City man being chased by police streamed a part of the nearly three-hour-long incident live on Facebook.

During his live broadcast, the man drives a truck he stole, honks at other drivers, sends messages to his friends about needing a lawyer, asks someone to call his mom, and contemplates the charges he'll face while trying to lose the cops on his tail.

​​At one point, he yells to someone outside the vehicle: 

"I'm in a high-speed chase, bro!"

Causing three accidents, tearing up other people's property and farms, the chase end​s when someone shoots out his back tire, causing the criminal mastermind to drive the stolen truck into a field and then a pond. Police use​ a stun gun on him and t​ake him into custody.

A real credit to the human race, this guy.

As if that dangerous car chase wasn't enough evidence the cops were dealing with someone whose shoe size exceeds his IQ, he also rocks a neck tat far uglier than George Clooney in From Dusk Till Dawn.

(That's the movie where Clooney plays a hardened criminal hunted by the po-pos for various murders, bank robbery and kidnapping)

Neck tattoos... always a sign of intelligence...

Anyway, on to more important topics:

The lower body and core strength gains you make on my Next Level Hockey Training System will add some dangerous pop to your skating.

Ditto, the jumps and Olympic lift variations included in the program.

Soon, just like the neck-tattooed dumbass streaming his police chase on Facebook Live, you'll find yourself evading opponents at high speeds.

And you'll be able to keep up that pace for hours.

The difference?

You won't make a fool of yourself in front of the whole world, get tased by cops, land in jail.

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How Strong Should You Be After Your First Year?

With the constant barrage of misinformation spreading on social media, it's easy to lose track of what constitutes strong for someone in his first year of lifting weights.

On one side, you've got the powerlifting locos claiming anything below 500-pound squats and 600-pound deadlifts is weak.

And if you're not lifting those poundages, you're just "not trying hard enough".

Then you've got those who believe a two-plate squat is something to be admired.

With that in mind, I wanted to give you some *realistic* expectations for your first year of lifting.

Unless you're obese, it has been my experience that the following numbers are very attainable:

* 1-1.25x BW bench press

* 1.5-1.75x BW squat

* 1.75-2x BW deadlift

Thus, a 175-pound hockey player would bench around 200, squat closer to 300, and pull over 300.

At this point, you may think the numbers listed are unachievable. Or way too low.

I'm simply noting what I've seen in all my years of training people *on average* within their first 12 months.

Some athletes fall below those numbers. And some exceed them by a wide margin.

One of my 17-year-olds deadlifted 190 kg / 418 pounds for 5 reps at 200 pounds in his first year of training. That's a 2.1x BW deadlift for a set of 5.

Another 16-year-old squatted double body weight within 6 months of starting with me.

Both are gifted in the weight room. And they enjoy lifting. Which makes them outliers. Not the norm.

Still, the bench, squat and deadlift numbers mentioned above provide a realistic goal to shoot for in year #1.

At the end of the day, success in the gym comes down to consistency.

How much effort you put into training, diet and recovery.

How much you want it.

For a training program that produces strong hockey players in their first year of lifting (and well beyond), visit:

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Twinkie’s Tasty Conditioning Tip

On average, a Twinkie will explode in a microwave in 45 seconds.

Curiously enough, 45 seconds is also the average length of a shift in a hockey game.

This has led many ill-informed players and trainers to believe that the best way to condition for hockey is to bathe ​athletes in lactic drills like shuttle runs, 300m sprints, or good ol' bag skates lasting - you guessed it - around 45 seconds per round.

While hockey does involve a lactic component (anyone who has had to stay on the ice to kill an entire two-minute penalty can appreciate my sentiment), it's important to realize how each regular 45-second shift involves periods of gliding, repositioning, standing, etc. You won't see a player skating at full speed for the entire shift.

This means that from an energy system point of view, we're dealing with a primarily alactic-aerobic sport, not a lactic one.

Other than the last few weeks of off-season training, I don't prescribe lactic work for my players. Improving speed and strength will have a much bigger carryover to your game, and those are the qualities we focus on.

In fact, just the other day, I realized one of the players on our U20 team had been smashing his old squat records many times over, and - more importantly - had been doing so pain-free for over a year now.

(He underwent surgery for FAI a couple years back. And was told he would never barbell squat again by his physical therapist. Little did the PT know...)

When I pointed this out to him, he told me he no longer gasses out toward the end of a shift.

All thanks to pushing up his squat numbers in the gym.

Not because of performing endless lactic drills like so many mistaken hockey players do.

Just something to keep in mind.

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