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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.

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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.

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Trav’s Results! And MashMafia Insight!

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10/28/13
Snatch 120/1, 125/m, 123/m
C&J 135/1&1, 145/1&m
Squats 225/3
Snatch Pulls 131/3,141/3,151/3

I know this doesn’t match my posted workout, but I’m doing a short taper for the Attitude Nation Holiday Open Nov. 10th. I was pleased with the MashMafia’s Results as a team. Everyone PRed on the Snatch Complex, and they were able to progress in their 5×5 squats. Absolutely everyone PRed, so I’m very pleased.

Here is Brealon PRing again:

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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:

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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:

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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!

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:

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Or email:

Travis.Mash@MashElitePerformance.com