My name’s David Aston and I am the creator of Game Strength Insider & Founder of Why Am I Unhealthy
I have dedicated my life to making athletes and average Joes/Jane’s alike from all across the globe stronger, healthier, more physically conditioned & faster than ever with my websites and easily digestible information.
I focus the majority of my training on the improvement of strength and conditioning for “average Joes” & athletes, such as football players, rugby players, basketball players, fighters, baseball players, models, soccer(football)players, tri-athletes, endurance runners etc.
This website is here to help YOU. Above all else this is my goal. Therefore I can’t successfully accomplish this goal without your input, so we all get involved and comment on posts around here. Even if it’s just a quick “right on” or “cool” that is kick ass too! Writing all of this gets hard sometimes so I appreciate all feedback.
WHY GAME STRENGTH?
Straight up, most of the training talk you’re going to come across these days, is geared more towards combine testing stuff like bench max tests, 40 yard times, and clean max. That’s cool if all you plan to do is perform on paper not on the field where it counts. Nobody cares how much you can clean if you are as conditioned and an obese 80 year old woman or as game strong as well , you get the idea. Don’t get me wrong my product undoubtedly helps for the combine stuff too, but possessing world class strength and conditioning in your games is where it matters most and that’s exactly what my insider system has done for thousands all across the world.
Now, this is by no means your typical over “sciencey” athletic training blog, and I am only familiar with all of that stuff because I need to be for you guys. And I promise to only mention what I absolutely have to in regards to all of that science stuff.
It gets better, on top of all of my easy to swallow training information, workouts, and nutrition tips that don’t clutter your mind, you can expect hilarious and inspiring videos, quotes that keep it real, and loads of free stuff to show my appreciation to my readers.
Here’s a quick life changing story that would one day eventually lead to the creation of this blog
It happened during a team scrimmage in the last half of practice my sophomore year. I was on redshirt offense and ran the ball right at the star middle linebacker. I flinched and got wrecked in front of my whole team and the coaches. You could just see the disappointment etched on each of their faces. When I got back to the huddle, my coach said something that really hit home: “If you’re scared,” he said in front of the rest of the team, “I understand. Just let me know and we can get somebody else.”
I said, “No, run the same play.” If anything was going to hold me back is sure wasn’t going to be fear! The play was a halfback dive to the 4 hole, and I had the exact same opportunity to go heads up with the very linebacker that cracked me. I made it a point to go right at him, and I ran him clear over. Later that evening, after being praised by my coach for stepping up and by the other coaches for redeeming myself, I made it my goal to be the strongest and best conditioned athlete I could. I set out on my quest to develop the best strength and conditioning program. That was when I was 15, I haven’t looked back since.
By my senior year in high school I was a lean 210, I could bench over 300lbs, ran a 4.8 40 and could jog for miles on end. By that time, I had already stopped blindly believing everything I read and was told by so called fitness gurus. I decided I needed to listen to my own intuition and do what I thought would work. I examined each piece of my routine individually. If it worked, I kept using it, and if it didn’t, I would get rid of it and replace it with something new.
I was already training a number of athletes in many sports – some friends and a couple of models at that point. I started trying tons of never-before-seen drills and exercises with them using the same trial and error mindset. I always kept things fresh, swapping out things constantly until we were all satisfied with the results. And wouldn’t you know it, pretty soon, things started changing. Within three weeks, I could see major improvements. I was much stronger, more conditioned, much more coordinated, quicker, and I was seeing muscles in places I had never even noticed before.
I couldn’t believe it! Was this all I needed to be doing this whole time? Had I stumbled across the holy grail of workout formulas?
The same muscle growth and overall improvements started taking place with all of the athletes I was training. For a lot of them, it seemed like this “Strength and Cardio” transformation literally happened overnight. It was remarkable to say the least, and I was juiced! The real test came a couple weeks later during an inner squad scrimmage. All the coaches were fixated on it like any other scrimmage. I was a junior at the time playing on Redshirt D against our starting offense where the average weight of our O-line was around 300 lbs.
I can sum up that fateful, life changing day with one short example.
During one play, the wing-back went into motion. I was to pick up the first back out at this point, and the first back out happened to get the carry. One of our massive pulling guards was headed my way. Normally, this is where I would back down to avoid the 300 lb lead block headed my way, but this time was different. I was ready to put my training system to the test. Instead of avoiding the contact or allowing myself to be pushed out, I took advantage of that opportunity and attacked. I made a lightning quick b-line straight through the pulling guard and laid into him with a crash. I got there so fast that they both ended up on their rears. The rest of the defense didn’t even have to help out. I could see the surprise and admiration immediately lit up the faces of my teammates. What an addicting rush that was!
From that point, I never looked back. I kept using this incredible training system I was developing, constantly experimenting with different drills and exercises, all to make it as perfect and as fool-proof as possible. After the better half of a decade, the Truth about Strength and Conditioning Insider’s System had gotten so advanced that I felt it was ready to help improve the lives of athletes around the world. And here we are.
Some people wanted to know a little bit more about me, so here is some more slightly interesting info.
Weight: Generally somewhere between 180 -210lbs
Bench: This usually hovers between 295-355 lbs depending on my training – 400 is my goal.
Favorite exercise: Deadlift
Favorite food: #24 from Baldos with red sauce
Favorite movie: I have a couple favorite movies. I always watch fight club, Tupac’s documentary from prison, and constantly watch and re-watch Brave heart, Robin Hood, and Belly. I don’t have cable or satellite TV anymore (by choice) so my flatscreen is dedicated to movies. Yeah, I dropped a flat screen reference… its huge 🙂
Favorite books: I like The Art of war, The Alchemy of Nine Dimensions, The Law of One, The Celestine Prophecy, Paddle to the Sea, The Phenomenon of Man… to name a few.
Confession: I will always be straight up with you and keep it real (K.I.R) Also, many times (not always) I DO receive a commission for products that I recommend on my site. However that doesn’t change what I will or won’t recommend. I get offers from people all the time asking me to suggest whatever it is they are selling, but 9 times out of 10 I don’t, because they usually aren’t up to my standard. You need to know that whenever something truly great comes along I will recommend it – quite honestly I feel like I’d be doing YOU a disservice if I didn’t. And that’s not keeping it real.