Love Your Training to Get Jacked!

Yesterday was one of the best training sessions that I have had in a long while. Everything started clicking again, and a lot of PRs fell. Coach Ashworth at Mash Mafia Weightlifting is also one of my weightlifting athletes. He made a wicked wise statement last week, and it really helped to change my perspective. He said that he was going to make training “fun” again.

He was so right! I remember training for the first time 30 years ago, and I remember how much I loved it. I still love it! I love how that hard work can change the way I look, feel, and most importantly how I perform. When I was a child, the tv show “Incredible Hulk” was super popular. My uncle told me that Lou Ferrigno, the actor playing the Hulk, lifted weights to get big and strong. I remember thinking that all I have to do to be jacked is lift weights. No one had to tell me twice! I hit the gym brother!

When the gym becomes a place to drag yourself into, remember why you fell in love with training. I love training. I always have. I love being stronger, and I love the fact that I can make myself stronger by working hard. It’s that blue collar mentality that allows me to push harder than other people. I beat most of my opponents because I out worked them and/or worked smarter than them. Never allow someone to outwork you!!!!


Snatch from Box- 106k/3, 116/1, 122/1pr, 124k/273lbs/1pr
Paused Back Squats- 235k/517lbs/1, 250k/550lbs/1
DL from Box Bar at knee- 715lbs/3
Bench 360/1 Paused and easy, 315lbs/3 all paused

Here is the video to some of the training highlights:

I am super excited to be preparing for my first five lift meet at the “Bar Slamming Festival” being held Aug. 30-31 in Statesville, NC. I have always wanted to train for the “Big Five”: Snatch, Clean & Jerk, Squat, Bench, and Deadlift. There are quite a few members of the Mash Mafia that are doing this hybrid workout, and now we have a bunch that are doing the new “Get Jacked Workout”. This workout is a mixture of Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, and Bodybuilding! Simply all things awesome!

I will add my Oly/Power Hybrid Programming and my Get Jacked Workout to the newsletter next week. To find out more about it, sign up for the free programming on

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