The Trial

By Zach Even-Esh

In Coaching, Kids, Videos

March 18, 2011

Video Article

“We want the kid that is so driven to just become his best, and we help shape him,” says Zach Even-Esh, owner of the affiliate Underground Strength Gym. He takes prospective athletes on an introductory workout he calls “The Trial.”

Even-Esh says “The Trial” serves two purposes, neither of which is to test out his program.

“Our results are proven. What we do works, bottom line. And it works better than anybody that’s anywhere near us,” he says.

Instead, Even-Esh says the purpose of his introductory test is to evaluate the athlete’s desire to train and show respect for the parents’ commitment to their child’s training.

“Training like this in this environment and this hard and requiring them to commit and requiring them to do what others won’t do, I guarantee that the kids here are going to be like our future leaders and our future success stories,” Even-Esh says.

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Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 149 by Justin Judkins, first aired Dec. 8, 2010.

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13 Comments on “The Trial”


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How hard do you push these kids on this audition day? Is it more to see how coachable they are or to see how tough?

Love the videos you've been putting out.



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What a fantastic gym to train at.


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I would have loved a place like that when I was a teen. Nice job guys, rock on.


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Thanks for sharing. Can you post exactly what you do on the trial in terms of exercises, sets, and reps?


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I love getting the kid to commit and NOT wanting to waste the parents money. Awesome! What parent wouldn't appreciate that sentiment.


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When i was in HS a tough workout was 3 sets of 10 bench press, 5 minutes rest
Where was crossfit in 1985?


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Awesome stuff Zach!! Keep up the good work!


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Love seeing what you do. Awesome stuff Zach.


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Zach you are one coach and well as Joe Defranco I look up to. I have 3 years and 10 months until I retire. I am thinking of doing the some type of training athletes, but more with jiujitsu and mma in mind. thanks for the motivation.


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Zach - great stuff Zach. Your passion for the kids is clear. You are correct about the ability to influence kids in a meaningful and positive way. When I was 13 I was fortunate enough to have a coach like you. He told me I could anything. I worked me hard and demanded maximal effort. He convinced me at a young age that I could compete at the Olympics. I dedicated myself to that goal that day. Now, it is 19 years since I competed in the Barcelona Olympics but the lessons I learned back then have helped me be successful and happy in life beyond sports. Never underestimate the impact you can have on a kids' life. It is important work that you do. Keep it up.




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Awesome stuff!! That kid worked HARD! Keep up the great work!


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