Are You Ready to Compete?

The ultimate competition preparation book is here. We cover:

• Programming the competition block,
• Taper week
• Cutting Weight (how to and when it’s appropriate)
• Intra-meet Nutrition
• Attempt Selection
• Warm Up Timing
• Strategy (Team and Individual)
• And More!

“Time to Compete”

Are You Ready to Compete?

In the last ten years more people have started working out with a barbell than ever in history. People of all ages and genders are enjoying the process of getting stronger with a barbell. I will have to say that it warms my heart. I have spent my entire life trying to understand the world of strength. The first twenty years of my journey hardly anyone understood my passion. I was told that I would hurt myself. I was told to get a real job.

However I stayed the course. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else, so I continued the path. Then one day I woke up and CrossFit arrived on the scene. Boom, the world was introduced to the barbell. All of a sudden soccer moms wanted to learn how to squat and clean. At times I had to check my pulse to make sure that I was alive. I was pretty sure that I was in heaven.

Today I pose the question, “Are you ready to compete?” I bet you are. Too many people want to wait until some miraculous time that doesn’t really exist. I hear all too often:

“I want to wait until I am competitive.”

“I want to wait until I can win.”

Those statements are so arbitrary. Powerlifting (the sport involving back squat, bench press, and deadlift) and Weightlifting (the sport involving Snatch and Clean & Jerk) are mostly individual in nature. You compete to set a real total, and then the goal at each competition is to beat your personal best. If that number happens to win, then that’s a bonus. I would rather someone get 10th place and set a personal record than win and not set a personal record.

In my first ever weightlifting competition, I had two Olympians in my weight class. Guess what? I got third. That’s what happens if you learn the sport of weightlifting in Colorado. If I had waited to compete until I could beat those two men, I would have been waiting a long time. Odds are I would never have competed.

My point is that your first competition is simply meant to get your feet wet. You need to learn how you respond during competition. You need to learn the process of competition. Plus I want you all to experience the amazing rush that comes along with getting on a platform and demonstrating your skills and hard work. There is nothing like it.

You will also experience the culture and community of the strength world. You will make friends that will be with you for years to come. No one really cares if you win or lose. We are united by the common love of the barbell. When I competed in powerlifting, I loved all the people in the competition. They understood me, which was all too uncommon. I didn’t wait to see how much they lifted. I didn’t care. I was just worried about how much I was going to lift.

Competition can get a little crazy. It’s good to prepare for what’s to come. I released an e-book today “Time to Compete” that will make the process easy. You can check it out here:

“Time to Compete”

You can also get a coach, or you can hook up with a veteran competitor. Most veterans will gladly help out a rookie. However you will eventually want to educate yourself on all the details plus all of your options like bigger National meets that you might be eligible for. There is quite a bit to consider:

• Warm-ups
• Attempt Selection
• Strategy
• Taper
• Competition phase training
• Cutting weight: yes, no, how much is appropriate, etc
• Intra-meet Nutrition
• Rehydration
• National meets to qualify for
• International meets to qualify for
• Stipends

These are just a few. Once again you can find a coach or a mentor. You can also read the book I just released as it answers all of these questions. I started writing this book assuming it would be about twenty pages or so, and then I realized that there was a lot that I simply took for granted. I have been competing for over thirty years and coaching for over twenty years. I wish that I had read this book when I was starting out.

Of course I was the young man that needed to crash and burn to learn a lesson. Luckily for all of you, I made all the mistakes, so that you guys and gals don’t have to. That’s the best thing about experience. You can make the lives of others easier than your own. That makes all past mistakes useful instead of just painful.

The moral of the story is get out there and compete. Jump in the nearest local competition and do your best. You simply need to post a number, meet some friends, have some fun, and most importantly gain some experience. Competition will make training so much easier as you have a measurable goal to reach. You will be hooked when you see your body improving, getting stronger, and adding more muscle. It’s a beautiful thing. It really is so much fun.

You can find most local Olympic Weightlifting competitions right here:

List of Competitions

You can find most Powerlifting competitions here:

List of Competitions

Pick one, make a plan, and crush your first competition!

Today we dropped our latest E-Book: “Time to Compete”! This book is all about meet preparation including 7 four-week Taper Phases, meet strategy, mindset, Intra-meet Nutrition, and so much more that goes into the art of coaching a champion.

Check it out here:

“Time to Compete”

Less Data and More Feel: My View after reading “Unplugged”

The ultimate competition preparation book is coming your way. We will cover programming the competition block, taper week, and every other possible variable of competing. The e-book drops tomorrow!!!

Until then, you can download the FREE E-Book “Mash Method” to learn some cool ways to set personal records and to get on our list to be notified of our new book dropping. Check out our Free E-Book Below:

“Mash Method”

Less Data and More Feel

I’m at Topsail Island on vacation with family and friends this week. I’ve spent quite a bit of my time reading Unplugged by Brian Mackenzie, Dr. Andy Galpin, and Phil White. I personally know two of the three authors. Therefore I trust what these men are saying. Dr. Andy Galpin is on the cutting edge of more research than anyone else that I know, which is saying a lot since several of my friends are immersed in research. I am only a quarter of the way into the book, but I am already questioning my use of technology.

I am also questioning my desire for more and more technology. I am not saying that more data is a bad thing. However when is enough actually enough? I am getting into velocity based training, which requires quite a bit of feedback to make sure that athletes are staying within desired parameters. I would say that there is room for some of this, but less is truly more.

The book points out research where runners used their own feel (rate of perceived exertion) to gauge sessions, and the RPE sessions produced as good or sometimes better results than data dictated sessions monitored by some sort of wearable. This was especially true since a lot of wearables are based on faulty formulas like (Max Heart rate = 220-age). I am not really an endurance coach, but there is something else that I have noticed that affects all athletes.

Visualization should be a key part of any athlete. It’s one of the first things that my original weightlifting coach, Wes Barnett, taught me. I learned to see myself performing the perfect lift before I ever walked up to the bar. The sport of weightlifting is too fast to be consciously thinking about a certain technique while lifting a near maximal weight. If you use visualization prior to walking up to the bar, you can then grab the bar and simply apply force. The visualization will do the rest.

This technique helped to make me a fierce competitor. By fierce I mean I never bombed out of major competitions. As a matter of fact, I normally excelled in competitions. Visualization taught me to be fully present and in the moment. I could shut down all negative thoughts and fully engage on the movement of the lift.

This isn’t an article about how great I was at visualization. It’s to point out the difficulty I have teaching this generation the same technique. I have been saying for years that this generation can’t visualize because they’ve been raised in a technology-based world that hasn’t required them to visualize. There was no need to use their imagination when they could play a video game with graphics that looked more alive than them. Smart phones put the world at their fingertips, so there was no need to imagine and dream about the world.

In the book Andy recounts a moment with one of his weightlifting coaches, Olympic Gold Medalist Tommy Kono. Andy would ask Coach Kono how his positioned looked after each repetition. Finally Coach Kono replaced the “how did it look” with “how did it feel”. If an athlete can’t sense the correct or incorrect movement pattern within their sport, it doesn’t matter what feedback they’re given. Feedback should only be used to confirm or disprove what an athlete senses about a certain movement. If an athlete can’t duplicate their training on the competition field or platform, the feedback is of no use.

I am not saying that all technology is bad. I am just saying that an athlete has to be in touch with their senses before technology can be of use. Plus really a qualified coach needs to be present to interpret the information. For example if an athlete was using a tendo unit that measures velocity and noticed a week where peak velocities had dropped, they might freak out and think that they were getting weaker. However an experienced coach might remind them that they had arrived at the peak volume week of their program designed to beat them up a bit before dropping volume and allowing for adaptation and supercompensation. It was the same data with one emotional response and one logical response.

Here’s what I recommend after reading the book. If you’re an athlete, I would consider ditching the phones and all technology based devices for at least 75% of your training sessions. An athlete needs to learn to be fully present in their training session. You need to learn to feel when a movement is correct. You need to learn to visualize the perfect movement. The only way to get plugged into your own body is to unplug from all the devices.

Man I see it. People can’t focus on a conversation without looking down at their phones. This isn’t just a habit. This is an addiction. We are all addicted to the dopamine response that our body delivers when we see texts, messages, and comments on our phones. Our body comes to desire the good feelings associated with the dopamine. We need to ditch the phones and get outside in nature. Look I am the guiltiest. My business relies on the Internet, but that doesn’t mean that I have to stay plugged in 24/7.

Yesterday I sat on the beach, closed my eyes, and tried to count the number of senses that were being aroused. The wind was blowing on my face. The cool waves running up on the beach that was splashing my body. There was the sound of nature’s amazing animals playing a beautiful harmony in my ears. We all cherish the fresh smell generated by the constant breeze off of the ocean. I realized at that moment just how much I was missing by burying my face in a dang phone.

Don’t listen to me though. If you get a chance, read the book Unplugged for yourself. It is lined with research from my man Dr. Andy Galpin. Of course only Brian Mackenzie could tell the story in a way that makes you want to finish the book in one sitting. Just an FYI, this was an unsolicited blog. Their book just really convicted me to put down the phone and take off the devices to get back into nature and in touch with my own body. I am going to encourage my athletes to do the same.

Tomorrow we are dropping our latest E-Book: “Time to Compete”! This book is all about meet preparation including 7 four-week Taper Phases, meet strategy, mindset, Intra-meet Nutrition, and so much more that goes into the art of coaching a champion.

Then October 18th thru the 21st we are hosting the inaugural “Mash Mentorshop” to be held at the Farm and in our Gym. We will go over all elements that make up the art of coaching:

-Business, recruiting and growth
-Balancing coaching, business, and life
-Correcting technical flaws
-We will end each day around a campfire going over whatever the attendees choose

Here’s the link to sign up for the inaugural Mash Mentorship being held October 18th thru the 21st:

Mash Elite Mentorship with Coach Travis Mash!

The Art of Coaching

The ultimate competition preparation book is coming your way. We will cover programming the competition block, taper week, and every other possible variable of competing. The e-book will drop later this month as we move into a heavy competition part of the year.

Until then, you can download the FREE E-Book “Mash Method” to learn some cool ways to set personal records and to get on our list to be notified of our new book dropping. Check out our Free E-Book Below:

“Mash Method”

The Art of Coaching

I’m sitting on the back deck of the house I’ve rented for the week in Topsail Island overlooking the Sound. The sun is coming up, a pelican is standing on the dock, and the other creatures are starting make their music. Some might say that this is God’s art, and I would have to agree. As I drink my coffee I am contemplating the art of coaching. All coaches must be grounded in science, but there is so much more that makes a great coach.

Coaches are responsible for the programming, technique, and mental preparedness of each of their athletes. They are responsible for the culture in their gyms. The way that they put all of these elements together is their art. There simply aren’t enough absolutes out there to say that one program is the way or one technique is the way. Each athlete especially in America is simply unique. Some are similar in nature, but each athlete needs there own personal attention. Let’s look at al the elements that go into the individual:

• Technique
• Programming
• Muscular Balance
• Work capacity
• Mindset
• Nutrition
• Recovery

There’s no way to ever perfect an athlete’s training program. It’s like a sculptor working on the different angles of their piece. You might get an athlete’s technique dialed in, but their squat is weak in relation to their Clean. Maybe you are victorious at increasing their work capacity, but they struggle in competition due to a weak mindset. This is the exact reason that building a champion is so fulfilling to a coach. There are lots of pieces and gaps that must be filled to get someone on that Gold Medal stand.

We haven’t even touched on the aspects of genetics and an athlete’s ability to be coached. If you don’t have some decent genetics to work with, you can forget about it. If an athlete refuses to take direction, there’s nothing a coach can do to positively affect that athlete. It’s a frustrating situation to be in if you are a coach that cares. Most great coaches can look at an athlete and know exactly what that athlete needs, but they are powerless with a strong-willed athlete.

However if a coach is blessed enough to find an athlete with genetics and that is coachable, the joy in their lives at that point is irreplaceable. I have three or four of those on my team, and I can’t begin to describe the joy that they bring to my life. It’s a real honor to be a part of these athletes’ lives. This last year I have watched athletes go from fairly unknown to making a world team. I have watched a young boy blossom into an athlete like the United States has never seen. I have watched a CrossFitter come to realize that he might be one of the best young weightlifters in the country as well as an elite CrossFitter. There are several more stories like this, but these are the most recent and fresh on my mind.

All of this and we haven’t even covered culture and recruiting/growing your program. Without these two elements none of the aforementioned aspects of coaching really matter. If you can’t find any athletes, it doesn’t matter how good of a coach you are. As a matter of fact if you can’t find athletes, that’s a direct reflection of your abilities as a coach. You can’t just sit in your gym and expect athletes to come rolling in your doors. That’s simply lazy. In this day and age you better have some basic business skills, or no one will ever get to experience your coaching skills.

It drives me crazy when people tell me that they are coaches and not business people. If that’s the truth, you better have a partner. Getting the athlete in the door is the hard part. Coaching the athletes is the part that we all love. You have to do the hard work guys to at least get things rolling. Once you are up and rolling, then you can let your results do the recruiting for you.

Culture has become quite the buzzword lately, but most coaches have no idea how to create a winning culture. First the culture starts with your own attitude. Are you a positive and upbeat person, or do you feel more at home in a cemetery? The other issue that causes a poor culture is one bad egg. I have admittedly made this mistake in the past. You let one negative athlete ruin the atmosphere for all the other athletes. I am constantly on the outlook for athletes like this. I will warn them, and then they have to find somewhere else to train.

I have gone to the art studio with my wife, and I have witnessed all the different techniques and tools that she uses to create a piece. Normally there is a lot more than a brush, some paper, and paint that go into the creation of one of her amazing pieces. As you can see above the same goes for coaching.

Yes it’s all the different elements that drive us crazy, but it’s all of these elements that make winning so sweet. When all of these variables come together to equal a Gold Medal, American Record, or the Olympics, the coach at that moment can stand back and enjoy their piece of art. There won’t be a lot of masterpieces in your life, but if you work hard, there will be several beautiful pieces.

Part of my mission is to help other coaches create their own art. Here are a couple of upcoming ways that I am offering help:

This Friday we are dropping our latest E-Book: “Time to Compete”! This book is all about meet preparation including 7 four-week Taper Phases, meet strategy, mindset, Intra-meet Nutrition, and so much more that goes into the art of coaching a champion.

Then October 18th thru the 21st we are hosting the inaugural “Mash Mentorshop” to be held at the Farm and in our Gym. We will go over all elements that make up the art of coaching:

-Business, recruiting and growth
-Balancing coaching, business, and life
-Correcting technical flaws
-We will end each day around a campfire going over whatever the attendees choose

Here’s the link to sign up for the inaugural Mash Mentorship being held October 18th thru the 21st:

Mash Elite Mentorship with Coach Travis Mash!

Protein Made Simple by Coach Jacky Bigger, M.S.

Check out The “Eat What You Want” E-Book to understand nutrition better. With a built-in Macro Calculator, you will have all the tools necessary to getting your nutrition in check.

Check them out here: ⇒ “Eat What You Want”

Protein Made Simple

by Jacky Bigger, M.S. (Follow her on Instagram at @a.little.bigger)

You may have already read my article that quickly went over what carbohydrates are. If not, go back and take a look. If so, then you’ll know my goal of these articles is to provide you with some quick, simple information to get you started on your nutrition journey, or to clear some things up for you if you have already gotten started. In this article, I’m going to simplify protein for you. What it is, why you need it and how much you actually need.

Protein is one of the three macronutrients needed by our body. By definition from the Merriam-Webster dictionary protein is “any of various naturally occurring extremely complex substances that consist of amino-acid residues joined by peptide bonds, contain the elements carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, usually sulfur, and occasionally other elements (such as phosphorus or iron), and include many essential biological compounds (such as enzymes, hormones, or antibodies)” Put in simpler terms protein is a combination of multiple atoms along with various nitrogen atoms, a.k.a. amino groups that are building blocks for our entire body.

The human body is comprised of so many different proteins and without protein we simply wouldn’t exist. Proteins are in the membranes of every single cell in the body. Your hair, nails and skin are all made from the protein keratin. Muscle tissues contain a number of different proteins. Bones contain plenty of protein and protein is also necessary for you red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body. As you can see, protein is very important and basically make up much of the structure of our body.

There are two main types of proteins, complete and incomplete. As mentioned above proteins are made up of amino acids, some of these amino acids we can create in our bodies, and others we must obtain from our diet. The nine amino acids that our body cannot manufacture on it’s own are called essential amino acids. The protein sources that contain all nine of these essential amino acids are complete proteins sources. Some examples of these are: meat, dairy, quinoa, hemp seeds and soy. The protein sources that do not contain all of these 9 essential amino acids are called incomplete protein sources. Some incomplete protein sources are: grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

So how much protein to we need? The National Institute of Health Recommends .75g of protein per kilo of body weight per day. Which equates to .34g per lb of bodyweight. For a person who weighs 150lbs, they recommend no less than 51g of protein. Keep in mind, that this is the absolute minimum amount needed for health and survival. If you’re an athlete or are active at all you’ll need more than this recommendation to perform well in your sport and gain optimal muscle mass. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that athletes require 1.4 to 1.6g of protein per kg body weight, which equates to .64 to .82 g per pound. So, for that same 150lb person this would equal out to 96 to 123g. Determining your overall protein need it pretty straight forward, but what about your amino acids?

It is likely that you’re getting all of your essential amino acids if you’re hitting the recommended grams and eating a variety of protein sources. If you eat animal products, it’s much easier to get all nine. If not, it may be a bit more difficult, but it’s still possible. Incomplete protein sources can be combined to create complete proteins. For example, rice and beans paired together create a complete protein, as do peanut butter and wheat bread. These are just two quick examples. So, it’s definitely possible to get all your essential amino acids without consuming animal product, you just have to be a bit more careful.

There are many different sources to get your protein from and numerous protein supplements, and snacks with added proteins available on the market as well. However, as always, we recommend getting a majority of your protein products from natural whole foods. Grass-fed, hormone free meat sources are best. Along with organic veggies, beans and breads when possible, but that could be a whole separate article itself. For now, I’ll just leave you with a few of my favorite protein options.

Animal Protein Sources
– Eggs
– Chicken Breasts
– Lean ground beef
– Ground turkey
– Plain Greek Yogurt
– Cottage cheese
– BiPro Whey Protein

Plant based Protein Sources
– Tempeh
– Oats
– Beans
– Almonds
– Quinoa
– Ezekiel bread

Check out one of the Eat What You Want Online Teams:

Eat What You Want (Everything Needed to Perfect Your Nutrition)
Eat and Lift What You Want (Get Your Nutrition and Your Workout Perfected)

Check them out here: ⇒ ‘Team Eat and Lift What You Want’

3 Mash Athletes Preparing for the Senior World Championships

The ultimate competition preparation book is coming your way. We will cover programming the competition block, taper week, and every other possible variable of competing. The e-book will drop later this month as we move into a heavy competition part of the year.

Until then, you can download the FREE E-Book “Mash Method” to learn some cool ways to set personal records and to get on our list to be notified of our new book dropping. Check out our Free E-Book Below:

“Mash Method”

3 Mash Athletes Preparing for the Senior World Championships

A couple of days ago USA Weightlifting made the official announcement of the 2017 Senior World Team. I am still in shock that we have three athletes competing in Anaheim:

• Nathan Damron
• Brian Reisenauer
• Jordan Cantrell (shared with Nemesis Sports Academy)

I will be the head coach for Nathan and Jordan. Brian will have Mash Mafia’s own Vinh Huynh, the leader of Mash Mafia MN. Along with Coach Don McCauley we have formed quite the coaching conglomerate that in 2017 alone has produced:

• 2 Youth World Team Members (including one from New Zealand)
• 1 Youth Pan Am Team Member
• 1 Oceania Youth Team Member and Champion
• 1 Junior World Team Member
• 1 Junior Pan Am Team Member
• 1 University World Team Member
• 2 Senior Pan Am Team Members
• 3 Senior World Team Members

I would say that we are off to the best year of our team’s existence. With all of this being said, this isn’t an article to go on and on about our team’s success. This article is to give you guys an idea of what goes into getting these folks to the next level. Hopefully I can give all of you aspiring coaches and athletes some ideas that might help you get to this level as well. At the end of the day we are all Team USA. Coach Dave Spitz, Team Cal Strength, and I talk about this concept quite a bit. Yeah we like to win at Nationals and what not, but at the end of the day we are all on the same big team. We are all trying to help Team USA medal on the big stage against all the other countries. We can only do this through cooperation and support of one another.

That’s why I am compelled to write articles and books that will help you guys and gals out. In this article I want to explain all that goes into preparing one of these athletes for that World level. Now I am hoping that a lot of this will apply to all of you whether you are at the State, National, or International level. We treat all of our athletes the same on our team. All that we require is that they have a desire to want to be the best that they can be. If you are trying to help your athletes be the best that they can be or you’re an athlete trying to be the best that you can be, keep reading.

Workouts are written for all of our athletes. Some are similar, and some are way different. If an athlete has been with us long enough, then we’ve had time to perfect a personalized approach. How does that happen? That’s the question isn’t it?

When an athlete starts with our team, here are a few basic questions that have to be asked:

• Does this athlete thrive from high volume, medium volume, or low volume?
• Does this athlete thrive with high frequency, medium, or low?
• Does this athlete handle high loads well?
• How many other commitments will interfere with training?
• Is this athlete efficient or inefficient?
• Are there any muscular imbalances?

These are a few of the questions that a coach must know. You can ask the questions. You can also look at their past training if they’ve kept a journal. Keeping a journal is something that I recommend all of your athletes to start doing. You can look at their journal and see patterns, successes, and poor performances.

You can also look at their backgrounds and get a lot of information. For example Jordan Cantrell came from the world of CrossFit, so I knew that he would thrive well with higher volume. The same would go for former soccer players or wrestlers.

Commitments outside of training are an unfortunate part of weightlifting life in America. Weightlifting in America is not a fully state funded program, so most athletes have to work a job. Yes USA Weightlifting has a pretty good stipend program, and I am thankful for all that they do. However until you are at the Olympic Hopeful level, you are probably going to have to work. Coaches will also want to know marital status, home life, and other aspects of the athlete’s life because all of these things can and will affect training. That’s ok. I am not saying that athletes shouldn’t have a life. I am just saying that the coach needs to consider all the stressors in an athlete’s life.

Is the athlete efficient of inefficient? John Broz explained it the best. Coaching a weightlifter is like balancing a scale. On one side of the scale is strength and on the other side is technique and movement. You add a little strength and the scale tips towards strength. Then you add some skill practice with the snatch and clean & jerk, and the scale starts to level out again. This process goes back and forth over the career of an athlete. In our book “No Weaknesses” we have a comprehensive 44 point test that will give you exact percentages, and that will tell you if you are efficient or not.

Are there any muscular imbalances? The answer is always yes. No one is perfect. Once again the test in “No Weaknesses” will tell you all about your muscular imbalances and give exact percentages. Jordan Cantrell has some issues that we are working through now. The back squat causes some major back pain, so we decided to take it out. We front squat with several variations, and we are working on strengthening his mid-line with assistance work.

This brings me to my final point. A workout is only as good as the coach running the athlete through the workout. When I write a 16-week workout for one of my athletes, that workout is a simple outline. It is subject to change week to week. The key is the amount of communication between athlete and coach. If an athlete is getting too beat up, then a good coach will drop some volume. If an athlete is rolling through a program like superman, a good coach will up the volume because a certain amount of breakdown is required to force the body to adapt. It’s that simple.

At this point there is no one program that will work for everyone. Well if you are brand new to the barbell, just about anything will work. However for a seasoned veteran, they are going to need a coach that alters things weekly if necessary. They will also need a coach that can talk to them about the process. Training is hard. Athletes don’t know what to expect half the time, and it up to us to help them through the process.

Coaching is an art. I have spent my entire life trying to become the best coach possible. I have also had some of the best coaches in America work with me like Wes Barnett, Dragomir Cioroslan, and Louie Simmons. I am friends with some of the best coaches in the world like Coach Joe Kenn or the Carolina Panthers. If I am not hanging out with the best coaches, I am reading their books.

We released the date of the inaugural Mash Mentorship last week. October 18th thru the 21st we will be hanging out in my gym, on my farm, and all around North Carolina covering:

• Coaching (weightlifting and powerlifting)
• Technique and Programming (weightlifting and powerlifting)
• Art of Coaching
• Business
• Life
• Family
• Basically hanging out and helping aspiring people in the strength world succeed
• Every night ends around a campfire talking and answering questions

Find out more at the link below:

Mash Mentorship

Don’t forget, this Friday Sept. 22nd our new E-Book drops “Time to Train”. If you are a coach or aspiring weightlifter or powerlifter, you are going to want this book.

Mash Mentorship Announced

Mash Mentorship Announced

We had a blast at the Mash Strength Spectacular especially during the small Mentorship part of the event. When the competing was done, we simply sat under the lights and talked like loving humans should. There was AJ Roberts, Jani Moore, Alex Maclin, Dr. John Davidson, and I answering all of the questions about training, business, life, family, God, and you name it. This was the dream that Chris Moore and I had when he was still alive. It was pretty incredible having Jani Moore, Chris’s wife at the event answering question.

This small mentorship was for me to see if people would really be interested. It was a huge success as people were firing off questions until midnight. Finally I had to use the bathroom, so that broke the party up a bit. The point of the whole thing is to give direction to all of you new coaches, entrepreneurs, and athletes. I remember starting out and trying to figure things out on my own. There were a lot of mistakes that cost me a lot of money and time that I am hoping to help all of you avoid.

We are happy to finally announce our first official Mentorship that will be held October 18th thru the 21st. We will be hanging out on the Farm, at our Gym, and taking a field trip or two. The whole goal is to do life together. That’s when the real knowledge is shared. I know that when I get together with my friends like Zach Even-Esh, Chris Mason, and Mike Bledsoe magic happens when we are just hanging out. It’s when the walls go down that real questions are asked and the conversation flows. That’s the goal.

We intend on tailoring the event to the attendees. We will send a survey to all the attendees as they sign up as to make sure that the event is centered on their objectives. The problem with most masterminds that I have been to is that there is a pre-planned curriculum. They are assuming what the attendees want to learn. Maybe they throw everything out in a watered down version. My goal is to deliver all of the attendees exactly what they want to know.

Here are some of the topics and :

• Growing a Team or Business
• Technique (Snatch, Clean & Jerk, Squat, Bench, and Deadlift)
• Balancing Business, Coaching, Family, Training, and God
• Training Together
• Hiking in the Mountains
• Every Day will end with a Round Table/Fire Pit Discussion and Q& A
• Coaching the Team with Coach McCauley and Coach Mash
• Correcting movement deficiencies
• Programming
• Social Media
• Laying the Ground Work for your Business/Gym: Values, Mission, Telling Your Story, Culture, Hiring, Systems, and Mapping the Future
• Art of Coaching: Individualization, Relating w Athletes, Culture, Attracting Top End Athletes
• Non-Profit Business: Is it for you?, How to go about?, What to expect?
• Possible lodging together in a Cabin
• Coaching Weightlifters for National and International Events

Once again the program will be tailored to the attendees. Coach Don McCauley and I have talked for over a year about this program. We thought about only inviting potential Weightlifting Coaches, but I have decided to open it up to all of you. Mash Elite Performance covers so many areas. Our followers consist of weightlifting coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, aspiring athletes, and simply people looking to get stronger.

It’s funny when I meet people on a plane, and they ask me what I do for a living. That’s a great question. I don’t know whether to say:

• Weightlifting Coach
• Writer
• Entrepreneur
• Or what

Mixing all of these things together has been an interesting bit of trial and error. Now they all mix together synergistically, and I have more time for my family than ever. It started with defining my values and grew from there. Once you define your values and establish a mission, the possibilities are endless. We live in a day and age that almost anything is possible. You are just required to have a little imagination, a clear and precise plan, something of value to say to the world, and a commitment to stick to a plan, and then the entire world will open its doors to you. I hope to ignite the process for all of you.

I want to keep the group small especially for the first official event. After that, I might open it up to a few more. However I never want to go above 10 or so because I don’t want to lose the intimacy of the group.

Here’s the link to sign up for the inaugural Mash Mentorship being held October 18th thru the 21st:

Mash Elite Mentorship with Coach Travis Mash!

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