A New Years Resolution

new years resolution

A New Years Resolution

Did you know that most New Years Resolutions are unsuccessful? THEY ARE! There’s nothing better than exercising when it works with your schedule. The problem is you have a busy schedule and exercising takes a back seat on the ‘to do list.’

That’s why most gyms capitalize on you at this time of the year. They know what should be important to you… YOUR HEALTH and losing that damn extra 10 pounds you gained this past year. This is your year and you’re going to start it off right! So, you head to your local gym and sign up at a sickly cheap New Year’s rate. local gym

That’s general membership plus all their classes! What a deal! You head in motivated and maybe even purchase some personal training to get an extra kick. Week one you’re in the gym 5 days a week. Week two you’re in the gym 3 days, then week three 2 etc.  Now, comes February… it’s too cold to go out. Maybe you will do a workout at home, but then you sit on the couch and watch Showtime because Homeland is finally back on this February!

This is why big gyms are successful. They will get you in at a cheap rate. You’ll never show up and they keep billing your card, because their motivation is getting the masses through their doors. You need a gym that focuses on you!

Group classes shouldn’t be 25 people jumping around and flopping on the floor.

If your interested in group classes, then those classes should be small and intimate. This is just one of the things you should consider when looking into a gym or fitness challenge.

For you to be successful this 2020, you need to know how a gym focuses on you…

  • How do they warm up?
  • Do they teach technique or throw you into the chaos?
  • Do they have nutrition guidelines?
  • Do the trainers and other members hold you accountable?
  • Is there a community feel?

You need structure! Say it again… YOU NEED STRUCTURE!

There are a few gyms here in the area that I highly recommend and personally enjoy to follow on social media. These gyms give you STRUCTURE and SUPPORT!

These gyms are run by people who are passionate about training and the relationships with their clients. Stop paying the big corporate franchised gyms who see you as a number and get with the mom and pop gyms.

If I didn’t’ mention you, I’m sorry. I don’t follow you on social media. So, hit me up with a FOLLOW at CriticalMassNJ 

Middletown NJ #1 Freshman in the NCAA!

This past weekend Penn State University hosted the Big 10 Track & Field Outdoor Championships.  Freshman at Michigan University Andrew Liskowitz, a former CBA student-athlete aka STUDLETE, went on to perform a life-time best of 19.15m (62.10ft).  This distance was good enough to edge out his older teammate and places Andrew as the top freshman in the NCAA!

How did Andrew get here?


6 years ago I met Andrew. We met maybe once a month. He had length in his standing throw a patience in his glide. He was probably a 31 footer at this time. Even though he showed great promise to be a good thrower, he almost got cut from his team.  Andrew attended the POWER HOUSE CBA in Lincroft NJ, known for their runners. The throwing coach Andrew Cusick envisioned a power house in the throws.  So, he put the pressure on the kids. This urgency to get better bloomed Liskowitz into a 51 foot glider his junior year. Then he converted to the spin and it took a life of it’s own. I remember telling the kids “if you want to get better you have to throw on your own… You can’t depend on me or your coach… GET YOUR THROWS IN!”  Andrew at some point sent me a text and video of him throwing in his driveway. THE SHOT PUT HAS HIM NOW!  He wants to get better, he is trying on his own! YES! He has now caught the bug! Andrew’s technique started to bloom into it’s own thing. I gave basic ques and reinforced a program that would allow him to peak at the right time. Andrews spin became his own.  I constantly had kids and coaches asking me what we did, “his technique is beautiful.” Well, that was all him. He took interest, found what made him throw consistently and BOOM a big teenage body moved like a ballerina!


Andrew walked on at the University of Michigan and had to pay his do’s. He competed at Junior Nationals out in California last summer as a red-shirt freshman. Now Andrew being able to compete for his school locked in some monster points at conference! He still has NCAA Regions in two weeks where they will narrow down the field for the actual NCAA Championships held in TRACK TOWN USA, Eugene, Oregon! NCAA CHAMPS LINK.  No matter what happens Andrew has three more years of eligibility under coach Jerry Clayton, which will bring him right to the 2020 Olympic Trials! I wonder, how many shot putters from New Jersey will there be competing in the top 24 at the Olympic Trials in three years!?!?!?! hmmmm!

Watch Andrew’s throw here

Critical Mass at New Balance H.S. T&F Nationals

New Balance Nationals


Well, it’s here! The New Balance Track & Field Nationals will be contested this weekend in the Big Apple at the New York City Armory.  We are excited to to say that five of our Critical Mass Athletes will be present for the competition.

Friday evening is the Emerging Elite division in the shot put. Alden Littlefield, Emma Vasen and Dan Mead compete early on Friday among some of the best throwers in the United States. Saturday is the Elite division of the New Balance Nationals where Andrew Huisman and Jack Zimmerman will be competing for a spot in the finals.  The competition will be packed with throwers from all over the country including Jordan Geist who is only 4 inches away from breaking the high school national record. Along with Jordan, Alyssa Wilson of New Jersey who is currently the National Record holder, will be competing. I’m very excited to see her drop a bomb! That’s what we call it when someone throws far!!!

If you want to read more on the event go to : New Balance T&F Nationals