Lessons from the underground strength gym and the relentless pursuit of excellence

Episode 49Brute Strength


This week on the Brute Strength Podcast I interview Zach Even-Esh (@zevenesh), founder of the Underground Strength Gym. If you love coaching athletes then this episode is for you. Zach went from being a school teacher to building a Strength & Conditioning empire. His passion is to help athletes not only crush it in the gym but crush it in life while staying true to yourself and following your dreams. This episode takes off right from the beginning, once he gets going there’s no stopping him. There’s a lot to soak in from this episode so sit back, take it all in, and enjoy.



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Topics of discussion:

[0:55] Intro – who is Zach Even-Esh?

  • Working out at a young age
  • Educating yourself
  • Passion for Body Building
[4:23] Andre “The Giant”

  • Zach’s time in Israel
  • Getting out of Body Building & training for strength
  • Training wrestlers & football players
[16:00] Turning a passion into a business

  • Underground Strength Gyms
[19:48] Training athletes

  • Physical & Mental training philosophy
  • Working with younger generations
[23:50] Finding a mentor

  • Joe DeFranco
  • Being relentless & seeking out excellence
  • Training for character
[37:46] Advice for young Coaches

  • Making a living as a Strength Coach
  • Finding clients/ getting your name out
  • How to grow your gym
[49:57] Working with kids

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