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Open Doors Christian Coaching: Helping Children at Risk

Yesterday I posted a link to help start a Kids at Risk Program: http://gofundme.com/OpenDoorsCC. Below is a blog by Sam Holmes, my partner in all of this. This will give you more insight in to what we are doing.

History

In 2013 I began to think a lot about the direction of my life and work. The more I thought (and prayed), the more I felt as though my time as a youth pastor was actually coming to an end. For a few months leading up to 2013 and into the beginning of the year, I had been brainstorming of ways to earn income from another source while still doing youth ministry for free. Later, I realized that I was supposed to step out of church ministry but I had no clue what direction God was leading me in, other than I felt as though I should take my talents and skills outside the church in order to better use all God has given me.

Another interesting thing was beginning to take place early in 2013 as well. The more time I spent at my gym Mash Elite Performance and the more time I spent with my friend, Travis Mash, the more I began to feel a part of the family there and feel as though my future with interlocked with what was going on there. Sometime in summer of 2013, Travis and I started talking about non-profit work. Travis had been dreaming of doing something significant for children and teens who really need positive influence in their lives. Since I had an idea of what direction I was supposed to move in, I told Travis that I would love to partner with him to accomplish this dream. Thus, the brainstorming began and after some long talks on our car ride to Charlotte every week, Open Doors Christian Coaching Inc. (ODCC) was what came forth.

Mission

Travis and I are not forming ODCC just to have something to do on the side. We both believe that our community needs what we have to offer. We know there are teens living in tough situations. Some have already been labeled and kicked out of the educational system. We want that to change. We want to open doors for these youth to begin to see and walk in their God-given potential. So how are we going to do that? Here is a quick list of things we know so far about ODCC-

1) ODCC will be a place where young people can come to be encouraged and receive the love that will nourish them and grow their self-esteem.

2) Once they are with us, these youth will receive outstanding coaching in sport and athletic performance and weightlifting. We will teach them how to be strong and how to push their limits.

3) We recognize that this world demands much more than just physical strength. So we will provide opportunity for them to develop in other areas as well. We want for them to learn what good character looks like and how to prepare to live out the dreams they all have within. So we will teach character development, goal setting, and life planning.

4) Travis and I also know we would not be where we are now without our faith, so we will help these youth understand what it means to live for something greater than themselves.

5) And when we have done all we can, our hope is that those who have benefitted from what we offer will take it and impact someone else in the same way we have impacted them.

This is much bigger than two guys with a dream. There is so much to do and so many people who need what we will offer. So we need help. We need your help. At the end of this post I will share with you some ways you can partner with us, and I hope you will consider them.

In the short term, ODCC will be hosted by Mash Elite Performance (MEP). Mash Elite will provide the venue as well as the strength coaches. I will be our main character coach, doing most of the mentoring and teaching in areas outside the strength arena. We will go into the school system to look for those who are in need of what we will offer, also recognizing that some of those who need ODCC the most will be somewhere other than school. We will partner with other non-profits to find as many of those teens as we can.

Eventually we will need to be as close to these kids as possible. So we will need a location in more urban settings than where the host gym is currently located. This is a work that could easily grow into a state-wide and even nation-wide organization, so we refuse to limit our dreams. Multiple locations will eventually exist, so we will also need more staff as the organization (and the need) grows as well.

Currently there are 2 ways in which we would ask for your partnership.

1) We need prayers and encouragement. We believe God hears us, and we believe he hears you as well. Please pray for doors to be opened for youth to be impacted in a great way.

2) Like any start-up, we need funds. We want to launch as soon as possible. The following link is for our initial campaign. ( gofundme.com/opendoorscc)

Mt. 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

To partner with us on this venture, click on this link:

http://gofundme.com/OpenDoorsCC

Today’s Brutality!

Wednesday
Back Squat up to 85%/1
Snatch Grip Sotts Press 3 RM then -10%
Snatch off Box 3RM, -5&-10% (1 miss)
Front Squat 6 RM, then -5&-10%
Behind neck Jerks off Blocks HS (1 miss)
Bench Press 6RM, then -10%

Met Con:
4 rounds for total working time of:

50 KB Swings 24/16kg
15 Thrusters 105/70#

Rest 2 mins between rounds

Today Barbell Shrugged released the episode that I was in:

Next year, Learn 2 Lift seminars are scheduled all over the US: Dunmore, PA, Jersey Shore, Miami, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Orlando, Myrtle Beach, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Rhode Island, and we are scheduling Minneapolis and Wilmington, NC as we speak.

For any questions regarding Learn 2 Lift Seminars or Online Coaching, go to:

www.MashElitePerformance.com

Or if you are interested in hosting a Learn 2 Lift Seminar on the topics of Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, or Athletic Performance, email me at:

Travis.Mash@MashElitePerformance.com

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12/31/13 Workout, Hints, Insight, & Video

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Life Insight:
With 2014 quickly approaching, let’s look at things differently this New Year’s Eve. Let’s set goals, make a plan, and make a commitment to the goals and the plan. Don’t even mention “Resolutions”! Mash Mafia Athletes are great because they think like winners! Winners don’t make “resolutions”!

Training Insight:

When you are more than six weeks out from a meet, focus on positions and strength. When you are within six weeks, focus on the lifts that you are about to perform. One should practice the lifts with precision with “meet like” situations, so that nothing could possibly surprise you during the competition.

Tuesday
Sotts Press from Front Clean Rack Position 3 Reps x 3
Jerk Position Jerks 3×3
Clean Pull, clean, 1 front squat, & 1 jerk up to 80%
Clean Pause at Knee & Jerk HS, then 75/3&1, and 80/2&1 (1 miss)
Clean Pulls 105%/3×3(work to speed DL for PLers) ss Pull-ups/5-8 add weight if possiblex 3
Bentover Rows 8RM, then -10%

Met Con:
12 minute AMRAP of:

75 Double-Unders
15 TTB
15 Power Clean & Push Jerks 105/75#
50 Double-Unders
15 TTB
10 Power Clean & Push Jerks 155/105#
25 Double-Unders
15 TTB
5 Power Clean & Push Jerks 175/125#

Check out one of my eighth grade girls squatting 185lbs:

Next year, Learn 2 Lift seminars are scheduled all over the US: Dunmore, PA, Jersey Shore, Miami, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Orlando, Myrtle Beach, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Rhode Island, and we are scheduling Minneapolis and Wilmington, NC as we speak.

For any questions regarding Learn 2 Lift Seminars or Online Coaching, go to:

www.MashElitePerformance.com

Or if you are interested in hosting a Learn 2 Lift Seminar on the topics of Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, or Athletic Performance, email me at:

Travis.Mash@MashElitePerformance.com

Persistence by Brealon Ashworth

Below is a short article that my intern Brealon Ashworth wrote explaining his struggle to become a Mash Elite Intern. This struggle easily applies to all good things in life.

Persistence
When I first started looking for a Job after college I began emailing smaller colleges in North Carolina. I knew I would probably have to do another internship in order to get the level of experience that many of the collegiate level strength coach jobs require, which turned out to be true. So as I started looking local for job opportunities when I thought to myself, “Why not try Travis Mash?” At this time I was an avid Weightlifting Talk listener, and I knew I liked what he was doing in the private sector with his athletes.
First, I added Travis on Facebook and sent him a message expressing my interest in working with him as an Olympic Weightlifting coach. I waited for more than a week and I didn’t hear back from him. I knew Travis was busy, so I went on the website and found his email address and again expressed my interest in Mash Elite Performance. After another week of no response, I figured it would be a long shot, but I decided to take a trip to Mash and see if Travis was there. When I got there I was greeted by EZE, one of Travis’s coaches. He informed me that he didn’t think that they were hiring but gave me Travis’s card to give him a call. The next day I called Travis and talked to him for maybe 5 minutes about opportunities at Mash Elite. Before the conversation ended he offered me an interview to which I said, “What day is good for you? I know you are busy with Weightlifting Talk and everything at the Attitude Nation.”
I could tell that this shocked him, and he asked how I knew about that stuff. I told him that I listened to Weightlifting Talk and that was “all she wrote.” Travis brought me in for that interview, gave me a second interview with his wife and from there I started the best internship I could possibly have gotten.
The reason I tell this story is to show that being persistent is a great quality to have and that without it I would not be getting the opportunities that I am getting right now. If someone won’t talk to you or acts like they’re too busy, show them that you deserve their time and that you are worth it. I never would have imagined that I would get to meet and be around the people that I have, and it was all because I was persistent.

-B

Follow Brealon @JurassicBarbell to learn more about his times as one of my interns, and to find out what he is learning.

Here is a recent video starring Brealon:

Next year, Learn 2 Lift seminars are scheduled all over the US: Dunmore, PA, Jersey Shore, Miami, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Orlando, Myrtle Beach, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Rhode Island and we are scheduling Minneapolis as we speak.

For any questions regarding Learn 2 Lift Seminars or Online Coaching, go to:

www.MashElitePerformance.com

Or if you are interested in hosting a Learn 2 Lift Seminar on the topics of Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, or Athletic Performance, email me at:

Travis.Mash@MashElitePerformance.com

Knowledge Nuggets

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Last week was an incredibly busy, but awesome week. Wednesday night I hung out with some of Barbell Shrug Team. Then on Thursday morning, the Barbell Shrug Team came to the MashMafia Compound to film an episode of the awesome Barbell Shrug Podcast with me. You can check it out next week on www.BarbellShrug.com. Thursday night, Drew and I made the trip down to Raleigh to hang out with Christmas Abbott, Josh Homes(Christmas’s boyfriend), all the Barbell Shrug Team, and some of Christmas’s friends on her birthday. Friday was a MashMafia only hang out for Coach Brealon Ashworth’s birthday party. I just love my team. Saturday, Drew and I made an appearance at the Camel City CrossFit Grand Opening in Winston-Salem, NC. They are the first MashMafia Weightlifting affiliate, and we are super excited to team up. I also produced two episodes of my own podcast, Mash Mafia Strength on Spreaker.com(http://www.spreaker.com/user/mashmafiastrength). I will always be a part of Weightlifting Talk, but Jon is in the UK until after the first of the year. I decided to take the opportunity to do my own little spin on strength and athletic performance, and bring it to the public.

The purpose of writing about all of this is not to brag about how cool my life is, but I am going to tell you all that I learned. Lately I have had the pleasure of hanging out with some of the coolest people in my industry. When you really enjoy people and care about what they are saying, one of the benefits is learning from them. When I was younger, I wasn’t very good at this at all. I just wanted to talk about myself, and if you are talking, then you aren’t learning. The first night hanging with the Barbell Shrug Crew: Mike, Doug, Chris, and CTP I learned that true success comes from the sharing of ideas. They would tell me what they have going on, and I would tell them my ideas. Instead of keeping great ideas to ourselves, we found out the ideas and people that we had in common, and we found ways to work together. This way of looking at things is not only good for us, but it is awesome for you the reader because more high quality of information is produced in this manner.

During the filming of the Barbell Shrug Podcast, we all talked more about Barbell Life. Barbell Life is what we have all learned from the Barbell, and the common traits of people that embrace the Barbell. It was awesome to see how we all had come full circle in our “Dance with the Barbell”. We had all started certain relationships with the Barbell that had morphed into much healthier relationships that still allowed us set goals, reach goals, and more importantly spread the love. We had all found that we didn’t have to sacrifice relationships for quest in domination of the Barbell.

During my time with Christmas Abbott and her awesome boyfriend Josh Homes, I learned how important the words that come out of my mouth really are. Josh told me how my podcast with the Champ Jon North (http://www.spreaker.com/page#!/show/the_jon_north_show) had changed his life. He has learned most of his technique and programming in the sport of Weightlifting from our show, but more importantly our message had forced him to review his life. Jon always says, “Love your life or change it!” This message made Josh take a look at his life, and he is now looking at his future. I will forever take my words more seriously, and I will do my best to influence and encourage people in positive and successful ways.
I also had the chance to produce two episodes of my own Podcast: Mash Mafia Strength on Spreaker.com. You can check it out at: http://www.spreaker.com/user/mashmafiastrength. This podcast will be about Barbell Life, all things strength, athletic performance, and a Godly take on life. I don’t have a lot of equipment, but I believe that it will a great way to tell my story. I hope to encourage people on their passions, and I hope to give people advice that will help them avoid major mistakes. Obviously I hope that the information will also lead to PRs in strength, athleticism, and life. I learned that there are a lot of people out there wanting to learn more about the Barbell, athletic performance, and programming. I also learned that there are a lot of people that want to know how to approach the world of strength. A lot of the questions that people were sending me were about injury prevention and mobility, so I will be using the Mobilitah Moses, Sal Scifo to answer a lot of those questions.

Hanging out with the Mash Mafia Crew for Coach Ashworth’s birthday was another reminder that I am a part of something bigger than me. We have a group of coaches that are set on influencing their community and the world. All of my coaches feel like they are a part of a team that will leave the world a better place. We want to spread our love of the Barbell, our “Love Your Life or Change It” way of thinking, our Black Sheep refusal to go along attitude, and our love for Christ to the world.

Drew and I had a blast at the Camel City CrossFit Grand Opening. Camel City is the first Mash Mafia Weightlifting Affiliate, and we are excited to teach the Barbell movements in their facility. I think that the relationship is going to be awesome. Having our coaches teaching Barbell Movements like Snatch, Clean & Jerk, Squats, Bench, and Deadlift within their facility, will give their facility the type of credibility that a lot of CrossFits lack. Their Head Coach Shaun Mabe is determined to provide credible coaching, programming, and the best community around. I can’t wait to grow at his facility together. If you are interested in becoming a Mash Mafia Weightlifting Affiliate, email me at Travis.Mash@MashElitePerformance.com.

Take aways:

Listen and empathize to learn

Share common ideas and learn to work together to really change the world

Your “Dance with the Barbell” will bring you full circle

Guard the words that come out of your mouth! You never know who you are influencing

There are a lot of people that want to learn insight to the Barbell

There are a lot of people that want to learn about mobility and injury prevention

I have a crew of Life Changers at Mash!

Teaming up with CrossFits to teach the Barbell movements is a good marriage

Video of some awesome lifting Friday! PR City:

Next year, Learn 2 Lift seminars are scheduled all over the US: Dunmore, PA, Jersey Shore, Miami, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Orlando, Myrtle Beach, Albuquerque, San Antonio, and we are scheduling Rhode Island as we speak.

For any questions regarding Learn 2 Lift Seminars or Online Coaching, go to:

www.MashElitePerformance.com

Or if you are interested in hosting a Learn 2 Lift Seminar on the topics of Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, or Athletic Performance, email me at:

Travis.Mash@MashElitePerformance.com

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Off the platform: Travis Mash 2013 by Sam Holmes

My friend Sam Holmes is a Mash Mafia Weightlifter, but he is so much more. Sam is a part of Mash! Sam and I have a goal of opening a nonprofit center for kids in need. A place they can learn about working out, but more importantly where they learn about “Life”. We all know how much one can learn from the Barbell, and we want to share that and Christ with young kids that need to hear about the message of “Hope”. If you are interested in partnering, email me at: Travis.Mash@MashElitePerformance.com.

Sam wrote a heart warming blog about the incredible year that we’ve experienced at Mash Elite Athletic Performance, Smashed CrossFit, and Mash Mafia Weightlifting and Powerlifting. There should be a lot to learn about the power of simply meeting and getting to know people. My biggest gift is that I love people and their stories. Sam gives us a look at what went on this year. He has given me the honor of ousting it, so here it is:

Off the platform: Travis Mash 2013

I’ve had the privilege of witnessing a lot of cool things in 2013. One of the most awesome things has been seeing my good friend Travis Mash have one of the best years of his career.

The truth is, Travis Mash is a great man. Anyone who’s close to Travis knows this. But now people all over the country, even internationally, are beginning to discover how great he is.

In February, on a trip to a Perform Better seminar in Charlotte, Travis took a few of us Muscle Driver USA to watch the weightlifting team’s last Max Out session before the Arnold. That night Travis officially met Jon North and the rest of the team. Jon took us all out to dinner, and I could tell something special was forming right before my eyes. Now would be an appropriate place to say, “And the rest is history.” But let’s see how this panned out.

Jon invited Travis to be a guest host on his podcast “Weightlifting Talk” shortly after, and then came to train at Mash Elite during his comeback from injury after the 2013 Arnold. The ball kept rolling and Travis became the co-host of Weightlifting Talk which is live twice a week to over 10 thousand listeners.

More and more opportunities began to present themselves as Travis grew his relationship with the black sheep of the Attitude Nation. Multiple people have contacted Travis about internships as a result of listening to the podcast. Travis began to help Jon with his level 2 seminars and now has people from all over the country reaching out to him to do seminars at their gym or box.

And while things off the platform were going well, Travis was also having an amazing year on the platform as well. At one point Travis was regularly snatching over 120k and clean and jerking over 150k. His phrase “I do what I want” was being lived out on a daily basis for sure, and a shirt with the slogan was made and sold out multiple times over. Athletes of the “Mash Mafia” began to make huge leaps in their development as a result of both Travis’ coaching as well as his performance in the gym.

We haven’t even delved into Travis’s coaching yet. He coached two athletes from scratch to making it onto a high level weightlifting team (one of which being team MDUSA).Throughout 2013 Travis has been recruited to help coach athletes at meets from qualifying meets to this years American Open. He helped coach one lifter to a medal in his first national meet. He was also invited to guest commentate the 94kg A session at the American Open. During his time at the American Open he met Mike Bledsoe from Barbell Shrugged podcast which led to the team coming to Mash Elite to film an episode of “Barbell Shrugged”.

What does all of is mean? What’s the point of me sharing my perspective on this? Well, it’s because I believe there is a principle behind why this happened. First of all, it was meant to be. But it also happened because Travis is who he is. His faith in Christ has changed his whole perspective on life. So because of his character development and focus on his faith, Travis is someone who people are drawn to. So it’s no wonder why these connections have developed into a great 2013. There’s no telling what I’ll be writing in 2014.

If you get a chance, check out Sam on Twitter @holmesstrong and read his blog HolmesStrong.wordpress.com.

Next year, Learn 2 Lift seminars are scheduled all over the US: Dunmore, PA, Jersey Shore, Miami, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Orlando, Myrtle Beach, Albuquerque, San Antonio, and we are scheduling Rhode Island as we speak.

For any questions regarding Learn 2 Lift Seminars or Online Coaching, go to:

www.MashElitePerformance.com

Or if you are interested in hosting a Learn 2 Lift Seminar on the topics of Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, or Athletic Performance, email me at:

Travis.Mash@MashElitePerformance.com

Great time hanging out with Christmas and Josh last night!

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