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

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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:

-Technique
-Business, recruiting and growth
-Programming
-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

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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:

-Technique
-Business, recruiting and growth
-Programming
-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!

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!

“Weaponize Belief” by Travis Elliott, B.S.

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“Weaponize Belief”

By Mash Mafia’s own Travis Elliott (Instagram: @travgoeslifting )

Come along with me on a short thought experiment. …

“Weaponize belief” is a phrase I recently heard on the Aubrey Marcus podcast (#104 w/ Jeremy Piven). Although the phrase is made up of two words commonly used, I had never thought about them in unity.

When approaching a statement such as “weaponize belief” I think it helps to visualize the traditional symbol of the yen and yang so classically displayed and easily recognizable from Japanese culture. The two opposing forces, dark and light, blended in complete balance. Let us take this thought experiment a bit further and assign roles to each force, darkness and light. Let’s assume that “belief” can most easily be associated with the light forces and that “weaponize” can be linked with the dark forces.

The light, the yang, the belief… is a foundational element in success. I’m approaching this model from the sport of weightlifting, but please do not limit yourself during this article or this thought experiment to only your physical pursuit. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to a handful of recognizably successful people. Without the labor of listing each individual and their accomplishments, the conclusion can still be made that success is not a matter of chance. More often than not an individual’s success, especially in the sport of weightlifting, is mapped along a period of trial and error. Mistakes, overcorrections, under estimation, and faulty assumptions tend to be the markers along the athlete’s road of progression. As the athlete moves through this space of improvement a tempering has begun. Every trial, every challenge is an opportunity to stretch and exercise the skill that is belief. Although typically not thought of as a skill, a tangible “have or have not”, but for the sake of this experiment, suspend reality and think of belief as a tool hanging from the weightlifters metaphorical weight belt. This skill is honed and hardened as time passes ultimately bringing the athlete closer to the final goal of success.

The dark, the yin, is the weaponized state of belief. Statistically there are more guns in American homes than there are citizens. This article is far from taking a stand on gun ownership, but the fact serves to highlight a point that many of us are harboring weapons of the material sense. Let’s move on to defining “weapon” (according to google dictionary): “a means of gaining an advantage or defending oneself in a conflict or contest”.

Let’s return to the firearm example above and let’s take a second to clarify for this argument a difference in two terms “gun” and “weapon”. Although synonymous with one another we will mark the differences in function and readiness. A gun being the physical shell of the weapon and once a round is chambered a metaphorical shift takes place and the gun has now became a weapon, it is actualized. It has transcended into the realm of action. In this example you can say that the gun itself has become weaponized since now it is transformed in the realm of action and intent.

Now that we have roles designated to each piece, approach the system has a whole instead of its fragmented parts. Thus, in theory, if success is highly dependent upon belief and the very definition of a weapon is, a means of gaining an advantage in contest, then the conclusion I hope to draw is that the weaponized practice of belief is a powerful indicator of success.

The point being this: I believe each athlete harbors a degree of belief in themselves; a belief in their coaches, their program, and their abilities. My invitation is to weaponize that belief. Make your belief or your faith in yourself in this sport of weightlifting dangerous. Just a sword sits in the sheath on the wall for display and as the handgun remains locked and stored away for safety- a change is necessary. While belief is powerful, weaponized belief is omnipotent. Take the necessary steps within yourself to believe whole-heartedly, with every fiber in your being, in your pursuit of success in this sport. Before you chalk your hands, before you plant your feet on the platform, before you set your hookgrig; you must believe in yourself. Believe in your talent. Believe in your coaches, your program, and your training. Weaponize your belief and destroy whatever stands in your path on the road to success.

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• “No Weaknesses” (Defeat Muscular Imbalances crush the Recovery Game)
• “Mash Program Sampler” (Athletic Performance, Oly, Powerlifting, and Functional Programming)
• “Mash Program Sampler 2 (8 More 12-week Programs)
• “The Mash Blueprint for Program Design” (Learn all about Programming)
• “Performance Zone” (Defeat all Mental Roadblocks)
• “Train Stupid”(Programming and Philosophy of Nathan Damron)
• “MashJacked” (Hypertrophy for Performance and Aesthetics)
• “Conjugate: Westside Inspired Weightlifting”

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Two Going to the World Championships and Why We are Aggressive

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Two Going to the World Championships and Why We are Aggressive

I am on my way home from the American Open Series 3 held in the beautiful city of Grand Rapids, MI. Before I give you guys and gals the report, I have to say a huge thank you to USA Weightlifting and our fearless leader/CEO Phil Andrews for putting on an amazing show. This was an amazing venue for the folks competing. The AO Series was a great idea to let the up and coming athletes get a chance to compete on a National Stage alongside Olympians. It was a thrill to a lot of my youngsters. I hear a lot of stories about USAW past, and all that I can say is that we are all blessed to a part of this growing organization in this era.

After Senior Nationals were over, I wrote an article taking full responsibility for a not so successful meet. Well I can say that we are on a roll now. Youth Nationals was the most successful meet of this organization’s history until this past AO Series 3. Normally there is at least one athlete that doesn’t have a great meet whether they bomb out or simply don’t perform to their capability. I kept waiting for that performance this weekend, and it simply didn’t happen. Thank God.

Every single athlete on our team hit personal records with performances full of positives. Kelly Thomas got us kicked off on Friday evening. This was her first National Meet as she is a great powerlifter. She put up a great total, and we walked away with lots of cool things to work on that will get her to the next level. Kelly is a master lifter, and the mother of one of my young guns, Kobe Thomas. They are both members of Mash Mafia Missouri, where we are packed with some amazing Remote Athletes. For some reason I feel like my Missouri Team is like family.

Michelle Beuthling is from our amazing Mash Mafia MN Team led by Coach Vinh Huynh. Most of you know that Vinh is crushing it with three International Team Members already this year. Well Michelle represented Mash Mafia MN with class going 6 for 6 and crushing her meet Total Personal Record. Michelle is a true competitor. She has been with our team from the very beginning making it a true honor to coach her on a National Stage. No athlete brings more positive energy to the room than Michelle. I can’t wait until she meets our local girl Meg Palicka. I think that they will be besties.

Hunter Elam took to the stage next, and boy did she add some drama to the day. We wanted to be aggressive at this meet with her, as we need to start taking some major steps forward with her. She is capable of making International Teams without a doubt, so being a little aggressive is all part of the process. She only went 2 for 6, but she hit a Total PR of 204kg. Here’s where the drama came into play. We opened her at 90kg in the Snatch, and for some reason she was off a bit and missed the first two. So what did we do? Coach McCauley took her to 94kg of course. Being a coach is literally the most stressful job sports. We watched on praying that she would get it together. Hunter walked out there and crushed it like the champion we all know that she can be. As soon as Hunter knows it, she will become that champion.

This brings me to a point that I want to make. I get a lot of negative feedback about my aggressive approach to competition. Sometimes that aggressive approach leads to a meet like Senior Nationals, and that’s all a part of the game. However, let me be clear in saying that I am here to win and get my athletes on an International Stage or to the next step towards that. I am not here to necessarily go 6 for 6. If one of my athletes goes 2 for 6 and makes an International Team, I am ok with that. If they go 6 for 6 and don’t come close to their goals, is that a good performance? Some might think so, but not me. If my athlete goes 6 for 6, they did everything that we came to do and then some.

A lot of you might not agree with me, and that’s ok. However let me point out the following. I started coaching fulltime in this sport in 2013. In 2016 we had seven Team USA Members. This year we have the following:

• One Youth World Team Member from New Zealand Isaac Lawgun
• One Youth Pan Am Team Member
• One Oceania Team Member (Isaac again) and he won
• One Junior Pan Am Team Member
• One Junior World Team Member
• Two Senior Pan Am Team Members
• Two Senior World Team Members
• One University World Team Member

I am in no way taking full credit for this. Coach Don McCauley is the best coach in America, and he’s my mentor. Coach Vinh Huynh is crushing it in Minnesota for Team Mash Mafia as three of those are his. We are blessed with an amazing coaching staff, and a team filled with great people. We are the newest team in America to be placing this amount of athletes on teams. I don’t have a running count, but I don’t think that there is another team putting out Team USA athletes like this. We made a lot mistakes at Senior Nationals, but our aggressive approach wasn’t one of them.

Next up to take the platform was 15-year-old Ryan Grimsland. Man did he perform. He went 5 for 6 hitting new competition Personal Records in everything with a 95kg/209lb Snatch and a massive 125kg/275lb Clean & Jerk in the 69kg weight class. This was a 20kg improvement from Youth Nationals, so yes he is on a PR tear. I look for him to make his first Team USA next year. The most heart-warming part of this session was watching the other teens gather round Ryan like a pack of wolves as they waited to take the stage in the session after his. This crew is so close, family.

Jordan Cantrell savagely took to the stage at the same time as Ryan, and boy did he ever perform. He needed a 340kg Total to make Team USA for the World Championships, and that’s exactly what he did. He went 4 for 6 with a competition PR Snatch of 155kg and a competition PR Clean & Jerk of 185kg. His 340kg Total was a 19kg improvement. The best part about that total improvement is that he didn’t move up a weight class. We improved 19kg from last year while staying in the same class. That’s not an easy thing to do especially at Jordan’s level. I am so proud of this young man.

16-year-old Ameer Khan took the stage next hitting a PR total going 4 for 6 with a 75kg Snatch and a 95kg Clean and Jerk. Ameer is the newest member of our team, and he is coming fast. This was his first National Competition, and he earned a Silver Medal for his troubles. The smile that weightlifting puts on Ameer’s face is exactly the reason that I coach.

14-year-old phenom Morgan McCullough took the stage in this session as well. Morgan is used to going 6 for 6, but for once he only hit 4 for 6. In case you are thinking that I am conservative with him, he still hit a PR total and Clean & Jerk. He snatched 105kg and just barely missed a big PR of 110kg. He Clean and Jerked 145kg/319lb, which was a competition PR. He actually Clean and Jerked 150kg/330lb, but was called for a small press out. Personally I am counting it as a training make. I already told him that percentages are now based off 150kg. Get ready to watch this young man competing for Team USA next year.

17-year-old Mash Mafia OG Matt Wininger crushed the stage going 4 for 6 and hitting a PR Total of 232kg and Clean & Jerk of 137kg/301lb. He earned a Gold Medal for his efforts and qualified for the American Open Finals. Matt has started working hard, and his potential that we’ve always known existed is starting to shine through.

Kobe Thomas was up to bat as well. Coach extraordinaire, Kevin Simons, handled Kobe as we were overloaded in this session. Not too bad to be handled by Team USA Coach and coach of the unbelievable World Champion Harrison Maurus. Kobe hit a personal record total and earned a Silver Medal for his efforts. I am so grateful to coach this young man and his mother remotely.

Nathan Damron closed things down for our team, and man did he add more drama to the show. He missed his first two Snatches of 155kg, so what did we do? We went up to 158kg, and he stuck it. We were there to make a World Team, and that’s what we did. He smoked his opening Clean & Jerk of 188kg and then jumped to 196kg and smoked that as well. He actually stuck 200kg, but couldn’t quite hold it until receiving the down command. He did what he came to do making his first Senior World Team, so I am totally happy.

Once again I will take this 3 for 6 performance over any 6 for 6 performance not going to the Worlds. Once again this is just my take on things. I am not telling all of you coaches how to coach. I am just making a case for the way that I choose to coach. The AO Series 3 is one of my best memories as a coach. It’s meets like this that keeps fools like me addicted to the sport. USAW just sucked me in with this amazing competition. I am so grateful to our sponsors:

Intek Strength
Harbinger Fitness
Nike Weightlifting
BiPro USA
HAK Nutrition
MG12

We are blessed to be partnered with the best companies in our industry. I am also blessed to have the best coaches in America working with Team Mash Mafia. I am also grateful for my barbell family that encompasses all of the Mash Mafia Athletes, their families, and all of our fans. Lot of love for all of you right now.

Flying high right now,

Coach Travis Mash

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Check out one of our Eleven E-Books:

• “Squat Every Day” (High Frequency Squat Programming)
• “Eat What You Want” (Nutrition, Macros, and a built-in Macro Calculator
• “Squat Every Day 2” (Part 2 of High Frequency Squat Programming)
• “No Weaknesses” (Defeat Muscular Imbalances crush the Recovery Game)
• “Mash Program Sampler” (Athletic Performance, Oly, Powerlifting, and Functional Programming)
• “Mash Program Sampler 2 (8 More 12-week Programs)
• “The Mash Blueprint for Program Design” (Learn all about Programming)
• “Performance Zone” (Defeat all Mental Roadblocks)
• “Train Stupid”(Programming and Philosophy of Nathan Damron)
• “MashJacked” (Hypertrophy for Performance and Aesthetics)
• “Conjugate: Westside Inspired Weightlifting”

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CrossFit Gymnastics’ own Jeff Tucker

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CrossFit Gymnastics’ own Jeff Tucker

I work with the biggest movement snob in Weightlifting, Coach Don McCauley. I have always loved movement, and truthfully movement is what intrigues me the most in athletics. Whether you are talking about Olympic Weightlifting, Football, Soccer, or any other sport, the one common denominator is movement. Perfect movement is the same across the board, and all great athletes share that quality.

You can imagine my pleasant surprise when I interviewed CrossFit Gymnastics’ own Jeff Tucker, and he talked so passionately about proper movement. There were so many similarities between weightlifting and gymnastics. Talking to Coach Tucker was exactly like talking to Coach McCauley.

After talking to Coach Tucker, I can say with 100% honesty that I want to take one of his seminars. I have come to love the sport of CrossFit over the past years, and I know that I could really benefit from learning more from Coach Tucker. We released our podcast with Coach Tucker today on “The Barbell Life”. You guys can check it out here:

“CrossFit Gymnastics’ Own Jeff Tucker”

In this episode, we talk about:

• Programming and progressing with gymnastics
• When and how to incorporate Kipping
• Building a better body with gymnastics
• Can gymnastics benefit weightlifting
• Hallucinating in a Pitch Black Cave

Check it out now:

“CrossFit Gymnastics’ Own Jeff Tucker”

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