Wishing You a Happy 4th of July!!!

On behalf of myself, Chrissy, Jake, Clayton and everyone involved with Dallas Underground Strength and Fitness, we wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy 4th of July celebration!!!

4th of July

Until next time,


Conference Wrap-up

Earlier in my career I would simply attend a conference to say I went to a conference. 18+ years later, things have changed.

These days I can’t afford to go to a conference for just the social exposure. I’m simply to involved with my business, and if I can’t bring two or three measurable points back the following week… why go right? Forget the filler crap, I want the substance!!!

The 2014 AR/FR Conference was nothing short of spectacular. Not only was I able to walk away with measurable goals for myself as a business owner, but I have action steps I am bringing back to my team as well.

Dave “The Band Man” delivered as always, and I have some killer new workouts, and bands, to start back up Monday. Ryan Ketchem and Pam did an outstanding job, huge props to my coach Jarrod for finding the time to sit down with me and go over a few items, thanks to Amy for taking care of a account management issue, and thanks again to Pat Rigsby and Nick Berry for putting on a spectacular event. Oh yeah, I can’t forget Vaughn Bethell’s jokes this weekend. Btw, my favorite was “what did the fish say when he hit the wall… DAM!!!!

Good stuff !!!

Seriously, great weekend and I can’t wait for my QA call in a few days!

Getting better every day!


Train Like an Athlete

Today’s blog post was contributed by DUSF Trainer, Patrick Dukes. 

We all possess some type of athleticism.

Whether a little or a lot, if you train in any physical capacity, you’re an athlete.

Learn to treat each workout as a building block rather than 30-45 min of sweat, curse words and the occasional awkward grunt. Ultimately the goal is to be physically fit. Athletes are some of the most physically fit people walking earth.

Train to move, react and think like an athlete and the workouts will be purpose rather than priority. Set goals, put in work, reap the rewards.

A step back is often a step forward. Just because you can lift heavy doesn’t mean you should. Progress is the goal and technique is the recipe.

Learn to isolate the specific muscle group you want to train. A simple placement of the hands on bench press can work more triceps as opposed to chest. In every lift, there is a primary and secondary muscle group.

Isolate and Attack.

Even if you have to decrease weight, go down Isolate and Attack.

The more in tune and control you have over your muscles the more progressive the results will be.



Patrick recently graduated with his Masters Degree from Henderson State University, and is currently preparing to take the NSCA-CSCS certification. Patrick’s passion is working with younger athletes, and is the director for our Youth Athletic Development program. If you would like to find out more about programs for middle and high school athletes, contact Patrick at (972) 943-3873 or patrick@dallasundergroundfitness.com.

Brides Live Wedding

I have to admit something.

I said I was out in CA for a conference. Turns out I was actually out for Bride’s Magazine, Live Wedding for Valentina and Eric. I was told 3 weeks ago, and was invited on the condition of anonymity until the big reveal party.

Ok, so that email message I sent out earlier today, you know the one saying I wasn’t going to be near a computer during the live reveal, wasn’t so far off the truth after all!!!

I have to say, Valentina looked absolutely stunning in her dress, and Eric cleaned up pretty well in a suit.

I had an opportunity to meet friends and family from both sides of the isle, and had a wonderful talk with Valentina’s parents. Not to mention, I was able to get a dance out of her mother!!!

It’s going to be a few weeks before they’re able to go on their honeymoon, so please send a warm “congratulations” via FB or next time you see Mr. And Mrs. Vergati around the gym!!!


My Inspiration

Just a quick thought.

I was talking with a client, who has only been training with us for a few weeks, and she asked where my inspiration comes from. I knew the answer immediately.

It’s everyone who trains at Dallas Underground Strength and Fitness.

That’s right, it’s people like Carrie D, Ashley A, John Z, Susie B, Kellie D and so many others who inspire me to work harder, plan better and do more than I ever thought possible.

To see the amount of work and effort they put in, the sacrifices made, and the unbelievable changes that occur here (physically, mentally, spiritually, etc)… how could I not get inspired? We work hard, but baby we play hard also!

Whether you realize it or not, you CAN make a difference.

You have the power to inspire your kiddo’s, family members, coworkers, teachers, supervisors, athletes… the list goes on.

From the bottom of my heart, “THANK YOU” for believing in me and allowing us to be a part of your journey.

Now go out and inspire someone!!!!