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Learn 2 Lift Seminars Explained and List of Upcoming!

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MashMafia Learn 2 Lift Seminars:

Saturday November 23, 2013
Learn 2 Lift Level I
Gaglione Strength
Farmingdale, NY

Saturday December 14, 2013
Speed, Vertical leap, & Strength Coaches Clinic! Free!
Open to Coaches, Athletes, & Parents!
Mash Elite Performance
Advance, NC

January 24-26, 2014
Attitude Nation Level II Camp
The Attitude Nation Gym
Charlotte, NC
*For more info. Go to: http://www.TheAttitudeNation.com

Saturday February 8, 2014
Learn 2 Lift Level I
Keystone CrossFit
Dunmore, PA

Sunday February 9, 2014
Learn 2 Lift Level II
The Underground Strength Gym
Manasquan, NJ

Saturday and Sunday March 22-23, 2014
Learn 2 Lift Two Day Camp
CrossFit Soul
Miami, FL

Saturday and Sunday May 3-4, 2014
Learn 2 Lift Two Day Camp
Mission CrossFit
San Antonio, TX

Seminars Explained:

Learn 2 Lift Level I Olympic Weightlifting
MashMafia’s Learn to Lift seminar will be a one day experience for beginning weightlifters, powerlifters, athletes, CrossFitters, or anyone who just wants to get jacked! The seminar will focus on the Lifts of Weightlifting (Snatch, Clean & Jerk, & Progressions) The seminar will feature:

-Travis Mash BS, USA Weightlifting SPC, CPT, World Champion Powerlifter, ex Olympic Hopeful Weightlifter

Topics will include:
• Teaching the progressions of the lifts(Snatch, Clean & Jerk, & Squats to Help with Olympic Lifting)
• Recognizing and correcting mobility issues
• Dynamics of programming & how to implement
• Techniques that will immediately increase any of the lifts
How It All Ties Together

Learn 2 Lift Level II Olympic Weightlifting
MashMafia’s Learn to Lift seminar will be a one day experience for beginning weightlifters, athletes, crossfitters, or anyone who just wants to get jacked! The seminar will focus on the Lifts of Weightlifting (Snatch, and Clean & Jerk) The seminar will feature:

-Travis Mash BS, USA Weightlifting SPC, CPT, World Champion Powerlifter, ex Olympic Hopeful Weightlifter

Topics will include:
• Teaching the Advanced Techniques of the lifts(Snatch, Clean & Jerk, & Squats to Help with Olympic Lifting)
• In Depth Q&A Discussion answering all questions
• Dynamics of programming & how to implement
• Techniques that will immediately increase any of the lifts
• In Depth Video Analysis
• Everyone will participate in a Sanctioned Weightlifting Meet that day!

Learn 2 Lift Two Day Camp
MashMafia’s Learn to Lift seminar will be a two day experience for beginning weightlifters, powerlifters, athletes, CrossFitters, or anyone who just wants to get jacked! The seminar will focus on the Lifts of Weightlifting (Snatch, Clean & Jerk, & Progressions) and Powerlifting(Squat, Bench, & Deadlift) The seminar will feature:

-Travis Mash BS, USA Weightlifting SPC, CPT, World Champion Powerlifter, ex Olympic Hopeful Weightlifter, Co-Host of Weightlifting Talk with Jon North

Topics will include:
• Teaching the progressions of the lifts(Snatch, Clean & Jerk, Squat, Bench, & Deadlift)
• Recognizing and correcting mobility issues
• Dynamics of programming & how to implement
• Video Analysis with In Depth Q&A Discussion
• Techniques that will immediately increase any of the lifts
*How It All Ties Together

We are also available for the following topics:
-Athletic Performance: speed, vertical leap, agility, strength training, goal setting, injury prevention, dynamic warm ups/mobility, nutrition suggestions, and a winner’s mind set.
-Building your Fitness Related Business
-Nutrition: No Salt, No Sugar, No Flour, No Problem! A Real World Approach!
-Of Course the Big Five: Snatch, Clean & Jerk, Squat, Bench, and Deadlift.

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

http://www.MashElitePerformance.com

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

Travis.Mash@MashElitePerformance.com

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Keep It Simple Strength! And Tomorrow’s Workout!

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Day 5
Snatch max, 80/2
Clean & Jerk max, 80/2
Push Press 5RM

Conditioning

3 rounds for time of:

400m Run
10 Hang Power Cleans 155/105#
20 T2B

Simple Strength Tips:

1. Squat to get strong at Squats! We are following the simplest plan that I’ve ever designed for Squats, and everybody is getting stronger. For example, right now we are doing high volume 5×5 on Monday, 5 RM Front Squats on Wednesday with down sets, and 5 RM Back Squats on Saturday with down sets. Of course, all of this will change every 4 week block, but the program will continue to fit this pattern.

2. Snatch and Clean & Jerk to get better at Snatch and Clean & Jerk! I am definitely a believer in the Westside Barbell Conjugate Method, but I keep the variations close to the original lift. For example, here are some variations: Snatch and Clean & Jerk off boxes, Hangs, Complexes, pauses at or above knee, and certain variations of these variations. Right now we Snatch and Clean & Jerk or perform variations three times each per week. This will increase the deeper we get into the program.

3. Build your base! Whether you are a Powerlifter or a Weightlifter, you need to build Specific Strength for the lifts that you desire to perform. For example, if you want to do Olympic Weightlifting, Overhead Squats, Front Squats, Push Press, and Pull-ups are a few exercises to prep the body for the Main Lifts. My team continues to perform these exercises because they are all still rookies, and they need those areas strengthened.

With Powerlifting, Glute Ham Raises, Goodmornings, Standing Presses, RDLs, High Bar Squats, Bentover Rows, Dips, and Pull-ups are some great exercises for Powerlifting. Once the base is built, I suggest focusing closer to the main lifts.

4. Once The Base is Built, Focus on the Main Lifts! Weightlifting and Powerlifting are both sports. Practice the lifts so the body develops more of an efficient movement pattern. Practice the lifts like you are in competition. For example, if you are benching, practice the pause on your chest. I actually became better at pausing than the touch and go.

Check Scuba out! 3 months ago he couldn’t Clean 130k/286lbs. Here he is hitting 151k/332lbs!

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

http://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

11/4/13 Tomorrow’s Workout

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Day 1
Snatch Pulls/1, Snatch/1, & OH Squats/1 max
Clean from Box max
Squats 3 sets x 5 reps start with 80% + 15lbs/7.5 kilos
Snatch Pulls 1×3 reps105%
GHDs & Pullups(Crossfit Skip)

Conditioning

3 rounds for time of:

50 Double-Unders
21 Lateral Burpees (over bar)
7 Power Snatches 135/95#

First, I want to be clear that I use a lot of the Outlaw Crossfit met cons in my programming. I want to give credit where credit is due. I am going to start posting the MashMafia Workouts the night before. I would also encourage all that are following following the MashMafia Program to post your results in the comments section. Also any questions that you have post in the comments section.

The volume has shifted a little this week. We are doing a little less squatting and more versions of the lifts!

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

http://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

Couple of Highlights:

Struggles and Scary Moments!

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The strength sports, Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Strongman, Highland Games, and even Throwing, are filled with scary moments and struggles. I have competed in two of these primarily at a very high level, Weightlifting and Powerlifting. I have experienced and witnesses some major trials, and some very scary moments. With today being Halloween, I thought it appropriate to share some of these moments.

I spent most of my competitive career in the sport of powerlifting. My best lifts in competition were a 970lb Squat, 722lb Bench, and a 804lb Deadlift. At this level, it’s only a matter of time before things go wrong. My scariest moment happened at the 2004 WPO World Championships. I had 930lbs on my back in the Squat. On the way down, I felt a rip! I thought it was part of my singlet, but I was wrong! When I reached the bottom, and started the ascent, I realized that I had ripped my quadriceps. The scariest part was filling trapped with that massive amount of weight on my back. Thankfully the spotters were on their game, and they were able to help me. It only took seconds to get me up, but it felt like being buried alive for an eternity under a massive boulder.

One of the scariest moments that I witnessed was at the same event. Julie Scanlon, one of the strongest 165lb women of all-time, was competing. She was attempting 400+ lbs in the bench press, and I believe it was the heaviest bench ever at that Bodyweight. She actually finished the bench, and she received the rack command. Then lightning struck! A thunderous CRAACCKK was heard throughout the auditorium! It was Julie’s Ulna and Radius bones breaking in half at the wrist! My whole body cringed in nauseated disbelief at what I had just witnessed.

The strength sports that we all love so much are filled with moments like these. The road to success in any of these sports are paved with many injuries, trials, shortcomings, and hard work. We all seek to dominate sports that most don’t know about or understand! My road to winning the world championships was no different. I had injuries, close defeats, financial struggles, and shortcomings! These are the times that I remember the most. If it were easy, I wouldn’t have wanted it. We all love this sport for these reasons because we are willing to risk it all! We are willing to endure back pain! We are willing to overcome injuries and persevere! Heck we might die! We are Iron Warriors, and unless you’ve been there, you will never know what I’m talking about.

For information about seminars or online coaching, go to:

http://www.MashElitePerformance.com

Or email:

Travis.Mash@MashElitePerformance.com

10/30/13 Workout

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Day 3
Clean Complex: Clean Pulls/2, Clean/1, Front Squat/2, & Jerk/1 max, then -10%
Front Squat Max 5 RM, then -10% then -30% for 2 sec pauses
Clean Pulls from Box 3×3 105%
Push Press 5RM , then -5% and -10%

For time:

50 Burpees
20 Front Squats @ 80%
50 Burpees

After today, things get a little better. Dig deep and don’t settle for less than last week. A lot of my met cons come from Outlaw Crossfit, so I just want to give the a shout out.

For more information, go to: http://www.MashElitePerformance.com

12 Ordinary Men! Crazy Volume! Video

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Friday I had the honor of doing the Pre-Game Speech for the Davie County High School Varsity Football Team. I coach or have worked with a majority of the Team. Needless to say, I take this honor very seriously. This is a young team with two MashElite Freshmen and two MashElite Sophomores in the starting lineup. This team has had a lot of ups and downs this year. My talk centered on the 12 Disciples of Christ. Here were my points:

-They were 12 very ordinary men that did extraordinary things! They changed the world! They spread the Gospel!

-Christ taught them all(especially Peter) through their successes and their failures.

-When they started serving a higher cause than their own pride, they became unstoppable.

-They learned to serve one another first, and to put their own desires last!

-In the end they put their love of Christ before all!

I’m very proud of my young athletes that are stepping up and starting! Here are some of the key points of their programming that causes them to be so far ahead of their classmates:

-Mobility Work during every dynamic warm up! If an athlete can’t move, they can’t play!

-Speed Work centered around Contrast Training!

-All my athletes do forms of the Olympic lifts(Snatch and Clean & Jerk)! This enhances mobility, power, speed, explosiveness, strength, and Kinesthetic Awareness!

-We get strong! Squats, Bench, Deadlifts, and Presses to build the engine bigger and stronger!

-Teach them to be Master’s of the Mundane! Nutrition, stretching, soft tissue work, and all the other little things are the difference!

Last week was the first week of high volume for my Weightlifters and Powerlifters! Our goal is to push the body further than ever. Then strategically backing the volume down to allow for compensation. Our focus right now is on Squatting, Complexes, and Stabilizing the Overhead Positions. Here are some of the highlights of Hell Week 1:

For information on “Learn 2 Lift” Seminars or Online Coaching/Programming, go to:

http://www.MashElitePerformance.com or email me at Travis.Mash@MashElitePerformance.com

Twitter: @MashElite
FaceBook and Instagram: Mash Elite Performance
YouTube: Travis Mash

Saturday October 26th! Last Day of Hell Week 1!

Day 6
Squats max 5, then -5% and -10%
Incline Bench max 5 then -5% and -10%
Deadlift 1RM deficit pull on 2″ Blocks, 80%/3×2
Snatch Grip Push Press 3x5reps

It was interesting to see how my athletes were all affected so differently from the increase in volume. I saw some set PRs, while others were 20k off. My two overachievers of the week were: Brealon with a huge 110k Snatch PR and Camilla Nolen, one of my online MashMafia Members, hit a 120# Snatch(5lb PR)!

Next week will be the highest volume of the entire 12 week cycle, so buckle up! Survive next week, and you’re in the clear!

Drew also did well with the volume! She hit 202lbsx4, and her previous best with this weight was 2! Check out her PR Front Squat:

For seminars and online coaching/programming, go to:

http://www.MashElitePerformance.com

My Max Out Friday! And Pre-Game Speech to Davie County High School!

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10/25/13
Snatch 120k/1
C&J 143k/1&1
Squats 205k/5
Incline Bench 225/5,240/5

Today I had the honor of giving the Pre-Game Speech to the Davie County High School Varsity Football Team! I train most of the team, and have worked with most all of them. I had a great time telling them how Jesus took 12 Ordinary Men, and shaped them into 12 Extraordinary Disciples that changed the world.

Here are the points I made:

-Learn from mistakes as well as successes!

-Love your Brothers so much that you lose your own life for them!

-Learn from your coaches and leaders!

-Do all things for the a Glory of Christ!

-Never Ever Quit!

Attitude Nation and MashMafia Salute!

10/25/13 Workout & Top Recovery Tips

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Day 5
Snatch max, 80%/2×2
Clean & Jerk max, 80/2×2

3 rounds for reps of:

1:00 ME Front Rack Barbell Step-ups 20″ box 95/65#
1:00 ME C2B Pull-ups
1:00 UB Handstand Hold

Note: The HS hold is meant to be performed completely UB. Perform a 10 Burpee penalty (AFTER the entire piece is completed) for every time the HS hold is broken within each 1:00 interval.

My top recovery tips:

1. Epsom Salts Bath

2. Chiropractic especially ones that have the following services: Active Release Technique, Graston Technique, K-Laser, and Acupuncture. Locally we use the wizard Dr. Larry Gray (www.GrayCSA.com).

3. Soft Tissue Work: Voodoo Bands are magic. Lacrosse balls, foam rollers, jump stretch bands, and peanuts(two lacrosse balls taped together) are not only musts, but they are tools that should be mastered.

4. Nutrition: lots of water, lots of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, and anti-inflammatory foods.

5. Sleep! At least 9 hours if you are training hard!

Some of My Highlights from the last week:

For seminars or online coaching/programming, go to:

http://www.MashElitePerformance.com

Improve USA Weightlifting & Today’s Workout

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10/24/13

Off Day Thank God! We made it to our rest day guys! I recommend doing a few empty bar complexes, mobility work, and stretch!

I love the sport of weightlifting. I believe that in the next few years we will see medals in America, and I believe the sport will surge in popularity. Here are a few of my reasons why:

1. Social Media! YouTube is showing the world how exciting the sport really is. Guys Weightlifters are hurling hundreds of pounds/kilos above their heads at speeds unimaginable. Weights that most people can’t even roll on the ground. Guys like Donnie Shankle, Jon North, and Kendrick Farris are becoming legends.

2. CrossFit! Thank God for CrossFit because they are introducing the world to all of the barbell movements. Now when I talk about the Snatch people don’t think that I’m telling a bad joke.

3. Entrepreneurial Minded People and Companies! Capitalism breeds excitement! Guys like Jon North, Glenn Pendlay, and Spencer Arnold are taking Weightlifting on the road showing the world their passion for the sport. If you are around Jon North for one minute, you will fall in love with the sport. Companies like Muscle Driver USA are taking their own money and putting it in the sport.

4. Pioneers like Greg Everett! This guy had the guts to put his own money into making a documentary all about the sport. There are young guys in the sport right now willing to put their time and money in the sport to bring it to the world. I thank God that I’m a small part of that. Check out “American Weightlifting” coming out next month!

5. No Politics! If you can lift the weight, you win! No one can tell you that you are too small or too tall! It’s a wonderful sport with a big carrot: The Olympics Baby! If you have the genetics, the heart, and the work ethic, you Win!

To find out about my seminars, online coaching, or other products, go to:

http://www.MashElitePerformance.com

Or email:

Travis.Mash@MashElitePerformance.com