New Years Resolutions:

New Years is a time for all of us to reflect upon the many blessings in our lives.  Many things happen to each of us in a single years time.  I always like to celebrate the good, learn from the not so good, and dream big for the next 365 days.

New Years Resolutions aren’t my favorite things because to me they imply temporary changes.  It is great for everyone to realize things they want to change, but it is my hope that these changes become permanent habits. 

The fitness industry is a great beneficiary of the many health related resolutions.  Unfortunately America is not the healthiest place.  This is very apparent everywhere you look.  Most people realize the need to get their health in check and the number one resolution on their list is getting their ass to the gym.  It is my hope that these people get the results they crave, but it is my experience that most people will fizzle come February.  Here is my TOP FIVE reasons why most health/fitness New years Resolutions fail:

5.  Getting in shape is very hard work.  Most people don’t like to do hard things.

4.  People want quick fixes: Extremes diets, bull shit supplements, the newest crazy 30-day workout program, and the piece of shit “as seen on TV” fitness gadgets.  All of these things promise better health and a ripped physique.  These things are the answers people want to hear, but unfortunately its not the right answer.

3.  Going to the gym is only part of the answer.  Getting results is about proper nutrition advice, rest and recovery in between workouts, and stress management. You must be educated on how to do all of these things properly in order to see long-term results.

2.  No Direction.  When I open up the hood of my car I have no idea what I’m looking at.  A mechanic does, so I call him.  There is no such thing as a perfect workout program.  However, there are ways to reach your goals a lot faster and with a lot less frustration.  Exercise order, selection, rest times, set/rep schemes, and conditioning are all very important to program design.  All of which are heavily dependant on what individual goals you have for yourself.   Without a great understanding of these factors people get nowhere fast and the resolutions fly out the window.

1.  No support.  It is a fact that support groups work.  People need to be held accountable to other people trying to accomplish the same things.  Working out in groups is a great way to train with like-minded people. 

I have great things planned for John Madsen Performance in 2013.  We will be moved into our new facility January 14!  We have many new programs in the works and our athletes are continuing to dominate in their sports.  One of the programs I’m very excited to announce is the WEEKEND WARRIOR program.  Lately I have gotten a lot of interest from guys who are done playing competitive sports but want to be ripped beasts and get their health in check.  The Weekend Warrior program will be for men who want to get into the best shape of their lives.  At JMP we are going to start a testosterone revolution in which men turn themselves into what we were all meant to be; BAD ASSES.  

 New Years Resolutions:

New Years is a time for all of us to reflect upon the many blessings in our lives.  Many things happen to each of us in a single years time.  I always like to celebrate the good, learn from the not so good, and dream big for the next 365 days.

New Years Resolutions aren’t my favorite things because to me they imply temporary changes.  It is great for everyone to realize things they want to change, but it is my hope that these changes become permanent habits. 

The fitness industry is a great beneficiary of the many health related resolutions.  Unfortunately America is not the healthiest place.  This is very apparent everywhere you look.  Most people realize the need to get their health in check and the number one resolution on their list is getting their ass to the gym.  It is my hope that these people get the results they crave, but it is my experience that most people will fizzle come February.  Here is my TOP FIVE reasons why most health/fitness New years Resolutions fail:

5.  Getting in shape is very hard work.  Most people don’t like to do hard things.

4.  People want quick fixes: Extremes diets, bull shit supplements, the newest crazy 30-day workout program, and the piece of shit “as seen on TV” fitness gadgets.  All of these things promise better health and a ripped physique.  These things are the answers people want to hear, but unfortunately its not the right answer.

3.  Going to the gym is only part of the answer.  Getting results is about proper nutrition advice, rest and recovery in between workouts, and stress management. You must be educated on how to do all of these things properly in order to see long-term results.

2.  No Direction.  When I open up the hood of my car I have no idea what I’m looking at.  A mechanic does, so I call him.  There is no such thing as a perfect workout program.  However, there are ways to reach your goals a lot faster and with a lot less frustration.  Exercise order, selection, rest times, set/rep schemes, and conditioning are all very important to program design.  All of which are heavily dependant on what individual goals you have for yourself.   Without a great understanding of these factors people get nowhere fast and the resolutions fly out the window.

1.  No support.  It is a fact that support groups work.  People need to be held accountable to other people trying to accomplish the same things.  Working out in groups is a great way to train with like-minded people. 

I have great things planned for John Madsen Performance in 2013.  We will be moved into our new facility January 14!  We have many new programs in the works and our athletes are continuing to dominate in their sports.  One of the programs I’m very excited to announce is the WEEKEND WARRIOR program.  Lately I have gotten a lot of interest from guys who are done playing competitive sports but want to be ripped beasts and get their health in check.  The Weekend Warrior program will be for men who want to get into the best shape of their lives.  At JMP we are going to start a testosterone revolution in which men turn themselves into what we were all meant to be; BAD ASSES.  

Top Ten Bad Ass Things I See In A Gym
After living in the gym for the last couple years I have seen some bad ass things being done by some bad ass people.  Unfortunately for everybody, these things are not the norm.  Too many people continuer to do the “Just Plain Bad” things I have included at the end of this article.  You will be a lot closer to a Bad Ass if you do more of the things you see on the top and eliminate ALL the things on the bottom.  Have fun! 
Top Ten:  
10.  Women able to do pull ups: Its not to often you will ever see a woman do 1 body weight pull up.  Women do not have the upper body strength that men possess. This doesn’t mean that they cannot acquire a respectable amount with a lot of dedication and training. Watch a woman rip off 5 BW pull ups and you have witnessed a bad ass in action.
9.  People Military pressing, Standing up:  Standing up is tiring, why can’t I sit???  Because by standing you incorporate all of your core muscles needed for stabilization.  Try to press overhead without engaging your core.  Impossible.  
8.  People Deadlifting: You mean you actually want me to pick up something heavy off the ground?? Best exercise there is. For men and women
7. Hand stand push ups: freaking awesome.
6. Box Jumping: At JMP our passage to manhood is a 46 in box.  It starts out impossible but within a few months our athletes get it.  You want to jump higher or dunk a basketball?  Practice jumping.  90% of my athletes can do this and probably 10% could do it on the first day.  Who says you can’t increase your vertical.  Keep wasting time doing BS nike spark and other terrible training like velocity and you’ll never get there.
5.  Squatting, parallel: A squat performed correctly may be the best thing any athlete or adult could do.  And get down there, there is nothing worse than watching someone perform a quarter squat and act like it is an accomplishment.
4.  Front squatting:  Who does that?  it hurts everything.  The bar resting directly on your collarbones… ouch!  Another “best bang for your buck” exercise because not only are you working your legs, but your back (spinal erectors) and core will be working overtime to keep you stabilized.  Just like the military press, I dare you to perform one of these without your core engaged
3.  Tire Flips:  You want to be tested?  Flip a 747 lb tire.  I had a 175 lb kid do it once.  Amazing.  Full body movement that will leave you seeing stars laying on your back.  Ask my dad, he was down for 30 mins!
2.  Bulgarian squat:  Hands down, all of my athletes most hated lift. You want your heart to hurt.  Do these.  
1. Consistency:  The people that make progress are the people that continually show up.  
 
Top Ten Weak Ass Things I See In A Gym
10.  Squatting with a pad on the bar:  My athletes have a name for this pad, we won’t say it here.  If you are a woman, you get a pass on this one.  We don’t expect or want you to have manly traps.
9.  Boys and Men who cannot perform a single pull up:  If you cannot pull up your body weight one time, we have serious issues.  1.  You are overweight. and/or 2.  you are extremely weak.  Please start coming to the gym.  Consistently.  Women, you get a pass again, but with practice you should be able to do one.
8.  Quarter Squat: Its been discussed in our first list.  Please don’t squat down two inches.  It doesn’t count.  
7.  Pushups half way down:  Pushups seem simple.  Its the first strength movement we learn when we are kids.  Its pretty disheartening to see that most people can’t do one of them right.  All the way down, all the way up.
6.  Overweight people doing crunches:  If you are trying to lose weight and are wasting time doing 100’s of crunches you are wasting your time.  Lose weight by eating the right way (not dieting) and burning calories doing movements that work your whole body.
5. Men wearing gloves:  The worst is when I see boys and men lifting weights with gloves.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a truly strong man lifting with gloves on.  complaining about calluses??? C’mon Man!!!
4.  Teenagers doing isolation curls and triceps kick backs:  I was a skinny teenager once.  All I wanted was to gain weight and get bigger.  I know how it feels.  but please don’t waste your time doing isolation movements when you have nothing to isolate!  Stick to the top ten bad ass movements up top and come talk to me in a year.  Maybe then we can add some triceps rope to our program.  
3.  Trainers who should be experts making their clients do these exercises.  Just like their are mechanics who are bad mechanics.  There are trainers who are very.  bad.  trainers.
2.  Teenagers wishing to gain wait but skip breakfast:  There is a difference between wishing something would happen and actually making it happen.  I graduated at 180 lbs and played in the NFL at 250.  This is done by training your ass off and eating your ass off.  If you can’t eat breakfast (not cereal) don’t cry to me that you can’t gain weight.
1.  Inconsistent people:  Those who workout for two weeks and take 3 off.  Those who start a new quick fix diet every three months who lose 10 lbs in four weeks and gain 20 by week 8.  Getting/staying into good shape is hard.  It takes consistency and determination. if it were easy everybody would do it.  If you truly don’t care about being healthy that is your own choice.  Just don’t try to do it and fail over and over again.  Eat fruits, vegetables, animal proteins, and healthy fats every day in the right portions.  Burn more calories than you consume through exercise.  Do this everyday for a year.  BAM!!! We have found the winning formula!
At JMP we are making new Bad Asses everyday.  Currently have over 20 athletes playing college ball.  Couldn’t be more proud of the dedication these athletes show.  Thanks for the read! 

Team JMP
 
Men wearing gloves cause they don’t want calusus.

Top Ten Bad Ass Things I See In A Gym

After living in the gym for the last couple years I have seen some bad ass things being done by some bad ass people.  Unfortunately for everybody, these things are not the norm.  Too many people continuer to do the “Just Plain Bad” things I have included at the end of this article.  You will be a lot closer to a Bad Ass if you do more of the things you see on the top and eliminate ALL the things on the bottom.  Have fun! 

Top Ten:  

10.  Women able to do pull ups: Its not to often you will ever see a woman do 1 body weight pull up.  Women do not have the upper body strength that men possess. This doesn’t mean that they cannot acquire a respectable amount with a lot of dedication and training. Watch a woman rip off 5 BW pull ups and you have witnessed a bad ass in action.

9.  People Military pressing, Standing up:  Standing up is tiring, why can’t I sit???  Because by standing you incorporate all of your core muscles needed for stabilization.  Try to press overhead without engaging your core.  Impossible.  

8.  People Deadlifting: You mean you actually want me to pick up something heavy off the ground?? Best exercise there is. For men and women

7. Hand stand push ups: freaking awesome.

6. Box Jumping: At JMP our passage to manhood is a 46 in box.  It starts out impossible but within a few months our athletes get it.  You want to jump higher or dunk a basketball?  Practice jumping.  90% of my athletes can do this and probably 10% could do it on the first day.  Who says you can’t increase your vertical.  Keep wasting time doing BS nike spark and other terrible training like velocity and you’ll never get there.

5.  Squatting, parallel: A squat performed correctly may be the best thing any athlete or adult could do.  And get down there, there is nothing worse than watching someone perform a quarter squat and act like it is an accomplishment.

4.  Front squatting:  Who does that?  it hurts everything.  The bar resting directly on your collarbones… ouch!  Another “best bang for your buck” exercise because not only are you working your legs, but your back (spinal erectors) and core will be working overtime to keep you stabilized.  Just like the military press, I dare you to perform one of these without your core engaged

3.  Tire Flips:  You want to be tested?  Flip a 747 lb tire.  I had a 175 lb kid do it once.  Amazing.  Full body movement that will leave you seeing stars laying on your back.  Ask my dad, he was down for 30 mins!

2.  Bulgarian squat:  Hands down, all of my athletes most hated lift. You want your heart to hurt.  Do these.  

1. Consistency:  The people that make progress are the people that continually show up.  

 

Top Ten Weak Ass Things I See In A Gym

10.  Squatting with a pad on the bar:  My athletes have a name for this pad, we won’t say it here.  If you are a woman, you get a pass on this one.  We don’t expect or want you to have manly traps.

9.  Boys and Men who cannot perform a single pull up:  If you cannot pull up your body weight one time, we have serious issues.  1.  You are overweight. and/or 2.  you are extremely weak.  Please start coming to the gym.  Consistently.  Women, you get a pass again, but with practice you should be able to do one.

8.  Quarter Squat: Its been discussed in our first list.  Please don’t squat down two inches.  It doesn’t count.  

7.  Pushups half way down:  Pushups seem simple.  Its the first strength movement we learn when we are kids.  Its pretty disheartening to see that most people can’t do one of them right.  All the way down, all the way up.

6.  Overweight people doing crunches:  If you are trying to lose weight and are wasting time doing 100’s of crunches you are wasting your time.  Lose weight by eating the right way (not dieting) and burning calories doing movements that work your whole body.

5. Men wearing gloves:  The worst is when I see boys and men lifting weights with gloves.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a truly strong man lifting with gloves on.  complaining about calluses??? C’mon Man!!!

4.  Teenagers doing isolation curls and triceps kick backs:  I was a skinny teenager once.  All I wanted was to gain weight and get bigger.  I know how it feels.  but please don’t waste your time doing isolation movements when you have nothing to isolate!  Stick to the top ten bad ass movements up top and come talk to me in a year.  Maybe then we can add some triceps rope to our program.  

3.  Trainers who should be experts making their clients do these exercises.  Just like their are mechanics who are bad mechanics.  There are trainers who are very.  bad.  trainers.

2.  Teenagers wishing to gain wait but skip breakfast:  There is a difference between wishing something would happen and actually making it happen.  I graduated at 180 lbs and played in the NFL at 250.  This is done by training your ass off and eating your ass off.  If you can’t eat breakfast (not cereal) don’t cry to me that you can’t gain weight.

1.  Inconsistent people:  Those who workout for two weeks and take 3 off.  Those who start a new quick fix diet every three months who lose 10 lbs in four weeks and gain 20 by week 8.  Getting/staying into good shape is hard.  It takes consistency and determination. if it were easy everybody would do it.  If you truly don’t care about being healthy that is your own choice.  Just don’t try to do it and fail over and over again.  Eat fruits, vegetables, animal proteins, and healthy fats every day in the right portions.  Burn more calories than you consume through exercise.  Do this everyday for a year.  BAM!!! We have found the winning formula!

At JMP we are making new Bad Asses everyday.  Currently have over 20 athletes playing college ball.  Couldn’t be more proud of the dedication these athletes show.  Thanks for the read! 


Team JMP

 

Men wearing gloves cause they don’t want calusus.

The best money you could ever spend
In a perfect world everything would be free.  But If there was such a thing, the best money you could ever spend, what would it be on?
As i was talking with a parent of a Team JMP athlete this weekend, In thanking me for working with their son, they said “This is the best money we could have ever spent!”  After letting the comment sink in over a couple of days I began to wonder what was the best money I have ever spent?  What was the best money my parents have ever spent?  And, was this an over exaggeration on their part or was it really the best money they have spent?
The best money I have ever spent is an easy one.  On top of the money my parents were feeding me when I was attempting to walk on to the University of Utah football team, I took out a loan so that I could pay for my school without a scholarship.  The funny thing about this is that I knew in my heart of hearts this would be temporary.  I knew that I would earn a scholarship.  It was a chance yes, but it was a chance backed by self confidence and a belief in me from my parents, sister, and everybody else close to me.   Lets not forget that it was also backed by a fire burning from those who had over-looked my ability and those who doubted me.  
Many good athletes stop believing in themselves when they fail to get recruited.  Many kids don’t have a way to pay for college and choose to go to work instead.  Im not saying that taking a loan out is the right thing to do at all.  But in my case, It most definitely is the best thing money could buy.  It bought the rest of my education and allowed me to live out a childhood dream.  I dare you to put a price tag on that.
The best money my parents have ever spent?  I have not talked about this with them so I guess I am sort of speaking for them without knowing what they would say.  They will find out in about ten minutes when this post hits their Facebook page!  This is going to be great news to them to finally know what the best monetary choice they had ever made was.  
Most of my readers know my back story so I will save the details.  I was a good athlete growing up who realized as a sophomore that I was extremely skinny and weak for my age.  Still a skilled athlete but other kids were starting to dominate me.  My first experience in the weight room was a tragic one.  You know, the high school coach reading a newspaper tells the kids to max out on bench press the very first time I, and many of my friends had ever been in the weight room.   I still have nightmares about 95 lbs crashing down on my chest.  What was worse, all of my self confidence came crashing down harder than the weight.  
Only one person I knew that could fix this problem.  My dad.  He went out and bought a weight set and me and him embarked on a new strength journey together.  Although this set was a great purchase, it still wasn’t the greatest money he and my mother had ever spent.  
A couple months down the road he began watching a real life strong man train people at our local rec center.  After asking questions pertaining to strength and size it became apparent that his son needed this trainer.  He came home and told me that I was on a monday, wednesday, friday schedule with this guy and that I was going to finally gain some weight.  I couldn’t wait!
This guy changed my life.  I truly believe that in the bottom of my heart.  I got stronger. Way stronger.  I gained over 25 lbs in the summer going into my senior year of high school.  More than the weight though, I was fully confident in my ability as an athlete.  So much so that I decided to play football in college without ever playing in high school.  
Every friday I would bring him a check for 100 or dollars.  Obviously I wasn’t paying for it, my parents were writing the checks.  It was a big sacrifice for them to pay for this “Extra,” but without this experience? No football, No scholarship, No NFL Career, No inspiration to do what I am doing now.  This guy changed my life and it was my parents check book that was the fuel.  No doubt, the best money they have ever spent (pertaining to me). Thank you mom and dad.
This brings me to the last question.  Was the parents paying me that incredible compliment over exaggerating?  Was their son training with me the best way they could possibly spend their money?  The answer….. Hopefully. Maybe.  Only time will tell. 
Athletes need to be inspired.  This isn’t a sales pitch from me.  If you are an athlete, find somebody who inspires you and try to do what they do.  If you are a parent and you want to give your athlete a chance.  Find somebody who inspires them and pay for them.  Nobody gets to where they are without help.  
I am honored to be able to inspire the athletes that I work with today.  We are creating something incredible in salt lake city.  We have athletes playing college ball following their dreams.  We have young athletes looking at these ones saying to themselves, ” If he can do it, so can I.”  
Watch out Salt Lake City.  We are putting together an army of athletes who have big dreams.  Our guys have character, and inspiration surrounds them.  Im proud of all my athletes. 
Team JMP

The best money you could ever spend

In a perfect world everything would be free.  But If there was such a thing, the best money you could ever spend, what would it be on?

As i was talking with a parent of a Team JMP athlete this weekend, In thanking me for working with their son, they said “This is the best money we could have ever spent!”  After letting the comment sink in over a couple of days I began to wonder what was the best money I have ever spent?  What was the best money my parents have ever spent?  And, was this an over exaggeration on their part or was it really the best money they have spent?

The best money I have ever spent is an easy one.  On top of the money my parents were feeding me when I was attempting to walk on to the University of Utah football team, I took out a loan so that I could pay for my school without a scholarship.  The funny thing about this is that I knew in my heart of hearts this would be temporary.  I knew that I would earn a scholarship.  It was a chance yes, but it was a chance backed by self confidence and a belief in me from my parents, sister, and everybody else close to me.   Lets not forget that it was also backed by a fire burning from those who had over-looked my ability and those who doubted me.  

Many good athletes stop believing in themselves when they fail to get recruited.  Many kids don’t have a way to pay for college and choose to go to work instead.  Im not saying that taking a loan out is the right thing to do at all.  But in my case, It most definitely is the best thing money could buy.  It bought the rest of my education and allowed me to live out a childhood dream.  I dare you to put a price tag on that.

The best money my parents have ever spent?  I have not talked about this with them so I guess I am sort of speaking for them without knowing what they would say.  They will find out in about ten minutes when this post hits their Facebook page!  This is going to be great news to them to finally know what the best monetary choice they had ever made was.  

Most of my readers know my back story so I will save the details.  I was a good athlete growing up who realized as a sophomore that I was extremely skinny and weak for my age.  Still a skilled athlete but other kids were starting to dominate me.  My first experience in the weight room was a tragic one.  You know, the high school coach reading a newspaper tells the kids to max out on bench press the very first time I, and many of my friends had ever been in the weight room.   I still have nightmares about 95 lbs crashing down on my chest.  What was worse, all of my self confidence came crashing down harder than the weight.  

Only one person I knew that could fix this problem.  My dad.  He went out and bought a weight set and me and him embarked on a new strength journey together.  Although this set was a great purchase, it still wasn’t the greatest money he and my mother had ever spent.  

A couple months down the road he began watching a real life strong man train people at our local rec center.  After asking questions pertaining to strength and size it became apparent that his son needed this trainer.  He came home and told me that I was on a monday, wednesday, friday schedule with this guy and that I was going to finally gain some weight.  I couldn’t wait!

This guy changed my life.  I truly believe that in the bottom of my heart.  I got stronger. Way stronger.  I gained over 25 lbs in the summer going into my senior year of high school.  More than the weight though, I was fully confident in my ability as an athlete.  So much so that I decided to play football in college without ever playing in high school.  

Every friday I would bring him a check for 100 or dollars.  Obviously I wasn’t paying for it, my parents were writing the checks.  It was a big sacrifice for them to pay for this “Extra,” but without this experience? No football, No scholarship, No NFL Career, No inspiration to do what I am doing now.  This guy changed my life and it was my parents check book that was the fuel.  No doubt, the best money they have ever spent (pertaining to me). Thank you mom and dad.

This brings me to the last question.  Was the parents paying me that incredible compliment over exaggerating?  Was their son training with me the best way they could possibly spend their money?  The answer….. Hopefully. Maybe.  Only time will tell. 

Athletes need to be inspired.  This isn’t a sales pitch from me.  If you are an athlete, find somebody who inspires you and try to do what they do.  If you are a parent and you want to give your athlete a chance.  Find somebody who inspires them and pay for them.  Nobody gets to where they are without help.  

I am honored to be able to inspire the athletes that I work with today.  We are creating something incredible in salt lake city.  We have athletes playing college ball following their dreams.  We have young athletes looking at these ones saying to themselves, ” If he can do it, so can I.”  

Watch out Salt Lake City.  We are putting together an army of athletes who have big dreams.  Our guys have character, and inspiration surrounds them.  Im proud of all my athletes. 

Team JMP

Thank You!

John,

I want to take a moment to personally thank you for all of your support and hard work with Brayden.  I have read this article at least 15 times today and have not been able to get through it without crying each time.  Thank you for believing in my son.  You have been there for him through good and bad.  When people have knocked him down, you have picked him up and told him to follow his dreams.  I am so thankful for all that you have done to help Brayden.  We will forever be in your debt.  Thanks to walking along side a 6’3 and 120 lbs kid when he first started with you to 185 lbs now and helping him become the strong, confident man that he is today.  I would suggest this program to anyone. You have been a wonderful mentor and friend to Brayden.  With good people like you in his corner how could he go wrong?    

Thanks again!

Penny Loertscher

From Walk-on to Scholarship
The road to earning a scholarship in athletics by way of walking on is unbelievably hard.  Most people will be quick to say their congratulations for such an unbelievable accomplishment, but few will realize all that had to go into it.
After my NFL football career was over, I opened up a training business over two and a half years ago.  I have trained some amazing athletes and even better people.  I’ve helped athletes in the recruiting process and trained them like they were already in college.  I’ve guided a collegiate pitcher to take off 50 lbs in a measly summer and mentored a young 100 lb skeleton to gain an impressive 60 lbs in a two year period.  All of these examples are the exact reason I do what I do.  I was able to chase a dream down and live it and I want my young athletes to do the same.  
Today I received a piece of news that made me swell with pride like it was the day Urban Meyer announced to the team that I, John Madsen, was finally getting my education paid for at the University of Utah.
Meet Brayden (pictured above).
Brayden had graduated from Hunter high school, my alma mater, a few months earlier and had a dream of playing college football.  He came into my gym wearing three layers of clothing and I could still see that he was skeleton thin.  After about the first ten minutes of his training session I could tell that he had never really trained before.  He didn’t quit though, and came back, and back, and then back for some more.
Brayden showed up late one day and I asked him why.  He didn’t have a car, so he road his bike to the train and then biked from the station to my gym.  He said it took him a little bit longer than he expected.  When asked how long his response was ” about 2 hours.”  So I trained him without saying anymore knowing that this was a special kid.  
For the next couple of months he did the same routine 4 days out of seven.  2 hour bike/train commute, 90 minute workout, and 2 hour bike/train commute on the way back home.  Finally he got a car which made it a little easier for him, but the whole while he never missed a scheduled session.  
After months of focused training we got Brayden ready for a walk-on tryout at Snow College, a JC continuously ranked in the top five in the nation.  He was the only Wide receiver who made the team from that tryout out of 50 something.  His dream of playing collegiate football was almost within his grasp.  
Brayden still had a lot to learn and ended up redshirting his first year at Snow and paying for his own way.  For those that do not know walking on is not fun.  You are the lowest man on the totem pole and sometimes coaches don’t even care to learn your name because most walk ons quit.  Even though you are on the team, NCAA rules don’t allow you to eat with the team if you are not on scholarship.  So you practice your ass off and then go home while your teammates eat.  You become a tackling dummy for the starters.  Again, your coaches have zero concern about you getting injured because you won’t be playing on saturday afternoons. You practice, workout, get yelled at, get your ass kicked, go to class, and have to worry about paying for school at the same time.  And then you wake up and do it over again because you have a dream to play college ball.
Brayden did all of this day after day.  His season and school year ended and he came back for the summer to work out with me again.  Needing to pay for school he picked up a graveyard shift working construction.  He thought he could work all night, workout with me at 8 am right when he got off work, and then get some sleep.  I thought it was the worst Idea in the world, but its what he had to do.  And he did it day after day, after day, after day.
Today I woke up to a text message saying that his coach announced to the team that he had earned a scholarship.  I couldn’t have been more proud of a certain individual.  There isn’t another person who deserves this more.  All of Brayden’s hard work paid off in this one moment.  He went against all odds and did something that most people just dream about.  He made his own dreams come true through his determination, character, and work ethic.  This story right here is not made up.  A real kid will be playing for Snow College this fall, and the exciting part is that it is only the beginning to such a bright future.  
This right here is why I love training our young athletes.  Brayden saw my story as a source of inspiration.  I stood in his corner and told him that it was possible.  Now his story is a source of inspiration to the many Team JMP athletes he has trained with over the course of his career.  We are all proud of you Brayden, and can’t wait to watch a great career!.  
Congrats, you deserve all of this!

From Walk-on to Scholarship

The road to earning a scholarship in athletics by way of walking on is unbelievably hard.  Most people will be quick to say their congratulations for such an unbelievable accomplishment, but few will realize all that had to go into it.

After my NFL football career was over, I opened up a training business over two and a half years ago.  I have trained some amazing athletes and even better people.  I’ve helped athletes in the recruiting process and trained them like they were already in college.  I’ve guided a collegiate pitcher to take off 50 lbs in a measly summer and mentored a young 100 lb skeleton to gain an impressive 60 lbs in a two year period.  All of these examples are the exact reason I do what I do.  I was able to chase a dream down and live it and I want my young athletes to do the same.  

Today I received a piece of news that made me swell with pride like it was the day Urban Meyer announced to the team that I, John Madsen, was finally getting my education paid for at the University of Utah.

Meet Brayden (pictured above).

Brayden had graduated from Hunter high school, my alma mater, a few months earlier and had a dream of playing college football.  He came into my gym wearing three layers of clothing and I could still see that he was skeleton thin.  After about the first ten minutes of his training session I could tell that he had never really trained before.  He didn’t quit though, and came back, and back, and then back for some more.

Brayden showed up late one day and I asked him why.  He didn’t have a car, so he road his bike to the train and then biked from the station to my gym.  He said it took him a little bit longer than he expected.  When asked how long his response was ” about 2 hours.”  So I trained him without saying anymore knowing that this was a special kid.  

For the next couple of months he did the same routine 4 days out of seven.  2 hour bike/train commute, 90 minute workout, and 2 hour bike/train commute on the way back home.  Finally he got a car which made it a little easier for him, but the whole while he never missed a scheduled session.  

After months of focused training we got Brayden ready for a walk-on tryout at Snow College, a JC continuously ranked in the top five in the nation.  He was the only Wide receiver who made the team from that tryout out of 50 something.  His dream of playing collegiate football was almost within his grasp.  

Brayden still had a lot to learn and ended up redshirting his first year at Snow and paying for his own way.  For those that do not know walking on is not fun.  You are the lowest man on the totem pole and sometimes coaches don’t even care to learn your name because most walk ons quit.  Even though you are on the team, NCAA rules don’t allow you to eat with the team if you are not on scholarship.  So you practice your ass off and then go home while your teammates eat.  You become a tackling dummy for the starters.  Again, your coaches have zero concern about you getting injured because you won’t be playing on saturday afternoons. You practice, workout, get yelled at, get your ass kicked, go to class, and have to worry about paying for school at the same time.  And then you wake up and do it over again because you have a dream to play college ball.

Brayden did all of this day after day.  His season and school year ended and he came back for the summer to work out with me again.  Needing to pay for school he picked up a graveyard shift working construction.  He thought he could work all night, workout with me at 8 am right when he got off work, and then get some sleep.  I thought it was the worst Idea in the world, but its what he had to do.  And he did it day after day, after day, after day.

Today I woke up to a text message saying that his coach announced to the team that he had earned a scholarship.  I couldn’t have been more proud of a certain individual.  There isn’t another person who deserves this more.  All of Brayden’s hard work paid off in this one moment.  He went against all odds and did something that most people just dream about.  He made his own dreams come true through his determination, character, and work ethic.  This story right here is not made up.  A real kid will be playing for Snow College this fall, and the exciting part is that it is only the beginning to such a bright future.  

This right here is why I love training our young athletes.  Brayden saw my story as a source of inspiration.  I stood in his corner and told him that it was possible.  Now his story is a source of inspiration to the many Team JMP athletes he has trained with over the course of his career.  We are all proud of you Brayden, and can’t wait to watch a great career!.  

Congrats, you deserve all of this!

Team JMP

John Madsen Performance

This is the first official post for the new John Madsen Performance Blog.  It is a little late being that I changed the name and logo a couple months ago, but I was waiting to write it until the new website was up and running (www.teamjmp.com).  As many of you know, I was previously known as FLEX Athletic Performance.  The name and old facility is no longer in use and the new and improved Team JMP is here to stay!

Like many other things in life things don’t always turn out the way you envision them.  When I created FLEX Athletic Performance I thought there was no way in the world I could fail.  I cared about the people I trained, they were getting great results, I was doing what I was passionate about, and I was doing it for the right reasons.  It was a recipe for success according to me.  Plus, I somehow convinced myself that I was simply immune to failure. 

I was dead wrong.  Looking back there are a million things that I would have done differently.  By the time I had realized what was happening it was too late and the doors had to shut.  Failure is a painful feeling but in my case I view it as a temporary set back.  I’ve learned that the earth does not stop for any of us feeling sorry for ourselves.  The sun goes down.  The sun comes up.  Repeat.  You have a choice: Be defeated or get your ass up and do something to change your circumstances. 

Enter Team JMP. 

John Madsen Performance is my next attempt at doing something great.  It is all of the lessons I learned from failing the first time.  It’s me not letting a temporary setback defeat me for good.  I am extremely proud of this because there was a time in which I had no Idea what I should do next.  So I did the only thing I could.  Kept moving forward.

I just want to thank all of the people who support me and trust me training their young athletes.  John Madsen Performance is not just about training athletes.  There are alot of trainers out there that can put an athlete through a workout.  Team JMP is about athletes believing in their dreams.  Its about athletes working their asses off to reach their goals.  Its about athletes not letting anybody tell them they can’t do something.   Thank you again for your support.  We have some big time ballers working hard and I’m excited to see it pay off for all of them. 

Exceed Expectations,

John Madsen