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Meeting Mike Bledsoe from Barbell Shrugged! Knowledge Shared!

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​This past weekend at the American Open I got to hang out with two very inspiring people: Mike Bledsoe and Christmas Abbott. I hung out with a lot of other people, but these two made the biggest impression on me. They both were life altering in their philosophies on life. They both are super motivated, and they both want to get as much out of this life as possible. Doing Weightlifting Talk(find it on Spreaker.com) with these guys was absolutely epic, and I believe that you all stand to gain a lot from what I learned.

​Mike Bledsoe(www.BarbellShrugged.com) is the Steve Jobs of the Barbell World. He is a deep thinker, and he wants to leave an impression on the world. He looks at the world as wide open to impact with his ideas and knowledge. Mike isn’t afraid to invest thousands into himself, so that he can better serve the world. I learned more this weekend from Mike than I have in a long time. I learned enough to fill up volumes of new educational book, but I will narrow the information down into two simple but life changing philosophies.

​First, if you want to impact the most people, learn to empathize, serve, and listen to others. Mike told me that he invested in a marketing seminar to learn how to market and sell his products. The person teaching the seminar explained a lot more that sales and marketing. He learned that if he wants to have an impact on people, then he has to listen and empathize. Empathy defined is: the capacity to recognize emotions that are being experienced by another person. The only way to provide a need is to know that there is a need. The seminar not only taught him how to influence the world, but more importantly, it taught him to listen and empathize with his wife. He realized after talking with the teacher at the seminar that he wasn’t making time for his wife. He realized that he needed to slow down, listen, and try to understand what his wife was feeling. Wow! Guys take notes on this one! Your marriage is your number one relationship. If you can’t get this one right, how do you expect to nurture other relationships?

​Empathy allows you to put your feet in someone else’s shoes. It allows you to experience the challenges that others are going through. The challenge is the need. Then all you have to do is provide the solution. If you are simply out to get others to buy a product because you think that it is cool, then you are destined to fail. Simply provide the world with a solution to its problems, and you will be successful. The same goes for life. If you are on a soccer team that struggles with goal keeping, then become an awesome goal keeper. Boom! You are providing a solution. Your goal in life should be to make the world a better place with solutions to its problems, and then money and success will be the result. If you seek to simply make money, then the result will be failure.

​The other thing that I learned from Mike was more of a philosophy. I will call it the “45 Minute Philosophy”. He asked me if I had 45 minutes to tell a classroom full of my peers exactly what I wanted them to know, what would it be? That’s a solid question! If I only had one shot and 45 minutes to tell a room full of important and influential people, exactly what I want to be remembered for, I would want the lecture to be well thought out. It took me a while to answer him, but then I came up with my answer. I would want the world to know how that I have been impacted by the barbell. It taught me that I am risk taker and that I can overcome fear. Now I want to impact the whole world with that very thought. What would you tell a room full of people if you had 45 minutes? Think long and hard about that, and then go impact the world.

​Mike will be a friend forever because he is his sincerely interested in helping others. Within one minute of getting to know him, I realized that he was genuinely interested in me and my ideas. We were at lunch together, and within a few minutes, I was done eating and just wanted to learn more about him and his way of thinking. I guess that you can say we started a Bromance, but before my masculinity is totally wrecked in the eyes of my readers, both of our wives totally hit it off as well. Now it’s more of a family thing! I recommend you all go check him out on http://www.BarbellShrugged.com. His podcast is full of information and entertainment.

​Next time, I will talk about what I learned from Christmas Abbott. If there is still someone out there who doesn’t know who Christmas is, then google her for crying out loud. She is totally inspiring, and will have you wanting to rule the world in seconds after meeting her.

​Guys I have a lot of seminars coming up in the first half of next year: Scranton, PA, Jersey Shore, Miami, FL, San Antonio, Myrtle Beach, Albuquerque, NM, Orlando, FL, and Charlotte, NC, so get to one of them and learn all about the Barbell. They are lots of fun, and I poor 27 years of experience into one or two days. I want to guarantee that you leave with new ideas that will bring immediate PRs.

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

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American Open with Christmas Abbott and Mike Bledsoe

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​Wow, what a great weekend! Olympic Weightlifting’s American Open took place in Dallas, TX with over 450 registered lifters. The meet was not only the biggest in American History, but the biggest in the world this year. I either coached or helped coach over nine lifters. I watched two of my lifters that I started in this sport break into the top ten, Rebecca Gerdon and Jacob “Rabbit” Wyatt. I can’t even begin to explain how proud I am of them. They are both rookies in the sport, and I have no doubts that both of them will be on the podium next year. The Attitude Nation lifters killed it as a team, and I was very proud to be helping coach that team. Jon and Jessica North are real pioneers in this sport, and they are both a big reason why the sport has increased in popularity so much.
​Weightlifting Talk went live Saturday night right outside of the competition. What a night it was!!!! Christmas Abbott, Mike Bledsoe “Barbell Shrugged”, James Tatum, Kendrick Farris(2 Time Olympian), Jared Fleming, Chad Vaughn(2 Time Olympian), Cody Gibbs, Coach Zygmunt Smalcerz(Olympic Gold Medallist and US Head Coach), and many more celebrity guest were on our show. It’s an episode that you don’t want to miss, so go to http://www.spreaker.com/page#!/user/weightlifting_talk/american-open-prt-3 and listen.
​Finally Sunday, I was given the privilege of commentating for the 94k A Session live stream that was listened to by over 24000 people across the world. I just feel so blessed to be a part of such a great sport especially during this time of amazing growth. With the podcast, seminars, competition, and my team, I feel a small part of taking this great sport to the world. Like I’ve said before, the barbell teaches people about themselves. There is no better way to learn about yourself than the sport of weightlifting. You will learn if you are a risk taker, if you are courageous, and if you are fearless. The barbell is a way of life, and now the world will know.
​My MashMafia Powerlifting Team also did work in Hickory, NC at the state championships. They took home a lot of hardware, and as soon as I get the full report, I will let you all know how they did. I am just so excited to have both a Powerlifting Team and a Weightlifting Team. I love both sports, and I just love introducing people to the different aspects of the barbell. My goal is to dominate both sports with unbeatable teams. I want to put a program into place to start recruiting serious athletes in both sports. Hopefully early in 2014, I will be able to announce the program.
​This weekend was also a reunion of old friends, and it was a time to meet new people throughout the country that love weightlifting. I try to take advantage of every second of my time with these great people. After the day of competition in the bar/restaurant, is where the real exchange of knowledge goes down. I wanted to give you guys a few of the tips that I learned:

1. Try to find great athletes throughout the world with similar builds as yourself and mimic their technique. There is no one technique that fits all body types, so set out on a quest to find what works for your build.
2. Universal truths- sweep the bar close to the body during the pull, peak the bar, pull yourself aggressively underneath the bar, and move the feet.
3. Ask yourself, “If you had 45 minutes to get across the most important point of your life to an audience, what would you say and what would it be about? Then start to perfect that 45 minute discussion.
4. All programming works! Some is better than others, but the key is the athlete buying in to the plan.
5. At a meet, less verbal cues is better. Just relax your athlete, keep track of his or her numbers and warm ups, and keep them relaxes.

​The weekend is over, but the memories of this epic weekend will live forever. I think that CrossFit has shed light on the barbell, and it is up to people like me to take it to the world.

The Christmas Abbott and Mike Bledsoe “Barbell Shrugged” Podcast

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Morgan King, Elisabeth Akinwale, Rebecca Gerdon, and my beautiful wife Emily Drew Mash

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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

On My Way to the American Open

I’m so excited to be a part of the biggest weightlifting competition in US History. I have three awesome athletes qualified for this event which I am super excited about. The MashMafia Weightlifting Team is only two years old, and is comprised of young rookie lifters. My athletes were not recruited, but they were made into great weightlifters. I’m just so dang proud of the Team.

Sunday I am commentating for the 94kA Session. I’m just so excited to be a part of Weightlifting History. The past two years have been awesome for the sport. There are a lot of reasons for the increase in popularity including: CrossFit, Greg Everett, Cal Strength, Jon North and the Attitude Nation, Weightlifting Talk, and MDUSA. That is only a few of the reasons, but they are the ones that I am most familiar.

I will be posting highlights and my take on the action daily, so stay tune!

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

Jared Enderton Highlights

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​Yesterday on Weightlifting Talk, Jon and I had Nationally Ranked Weightlifter Jared Enderton on the show. This guy is the best example of melting pot that I have ever witnessed. He has personally worked with Steve Gough in Montana, Cal Strength in the glory days, Average Broz’s in Las Vegas, and the Olympic Training Center. I was more interested in what was going on at the OTC now. Coach Zygmunt has an awesome philosophy for weightlifting. He takes a very comprehensive approach developing the entire structure of the lifter.

​In this article, I am going to give you some common themes that were present in all the camps. These are cues and programming points that are universal to all the great coaches. They are as follows:

• Be aggressive on all stages of the pull

• Be fearless! If you are not fearless now, learn to be fearless in the future.

• Use the Back Squat and Front Squat to get strong.

• Don’t be satisfied with mediocre weights

• Olympic weightlifting requires a lot of sessions per day and a lot of hard work per session

• If you say that you want to be an Olympian, be prepared to do what that takes: years of not missing sessions, eating right, sleeping right, missing family events, not partying, and a daily fearless approach to the bar.

​Jared talked highly of Coach Zygmunt at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Personally, I learned the most from Jared’s explanation of the program at the OTC. Here are some of those highlights:

• If you have a weakness, attack that weakness before moving on. For example, if you have a bad rack position in the Clean, attack it with paused front squats keeping all the hand on the bar, Sotts Press from the front rack position, and cleans keeping the hook grip. When the position is fixed, then go heay.

• Get strong in the entire movement of the lifts. They would do complexes mainly until the last 21 days before a competition.

• This goes back to point one, but if you can’t do a Snatch Grip Behind the Neck Sotts Press heavy without altering your position, then focus on the exercise. Jared said that if you can’t perform this exercise properly, you are leaving kilos on the platform.

• Another point was that instead of coaches complaining about athletes holding their position during the pull, get their posterior chain strong. Keeping the weights in tight is a difficult thing and requires a lot of strength.

• I also loved the part about Back Squatting up to a heavy single before Cleaning or Snatching to get all the fibers recruited.

​Anyway, if I were you, I would go back and listen to the episode (http://www.spreaker.com/user/weightlifting_talk/jared-enderton ).

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

12/2/13 Workout, Seminar Schedule, and Awesome Videos!

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MashMafia Weightlifting Strength

Monday
Snatch 90%/1, 75/3×2, 80/2×2
Back Squat 10RM, -10%
Push Press 5RM ss GHDs/10 x 3

Conditioning

3 rounds for time of:

10 Strict Pull-ups
30 V-ups
20 OH Lunges 115/75#

We had a great holiday week at Mash! A lot of my college athletes were home, and like always PRs Fell right and left! I didn’t get them all, but here is a few:

We missed Greg Nuckols 680×5 Squat and his 455lb Bench! We also missed Kevin Nason’s 500lb Raw Bench, and Drew set several PRs including: 77k Clean & Jerk and a 63k Snatch!

We also filmed a Day in the Life of the MashElite Athletic Performance:

Not enough is written about atmosphere, but the best programming in the world doesn’t trump a great group atmosphere. People training together with the common goal of greatness will always push each other to succeed.

MashMafia Learn 2 Lift Seminars:

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

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

The BarBell is Life

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Last weekend at my “Learn 2 Lift” at Gaglione Strength in Long Island, NY, I explained how the Barbell will reveal the future. The Barbell will tell one just how much courage they have. The Barbell will tell a lifter if they are a risk taker. The Barbell will tell a person if they have what it takes to succeed in this life. Will you attack life head on, or will you make the safe move like everyone told you to make? The Barbell will tell you if you are a quitter. The Barbell will open your eyes to your future, but remember there is always time for change.

When you load the bar to 300lbs for the first time in the Snatch, will you go under it? If you don’t go under it, will you just quit, or will you go at it again? If you want to be Governor of your state, will you actually run for office? If you lose, will you run again? Guys it is all the same! When you are about to try something for the first time, do you sit up a little straighter? When you are about to try something new that might cause you to lose your savings, heck maybe your life, do you stand up straight, confident, and bold as to say, “Bring it”?

The only way to accomplish anything extraordinary in this life is with risk. When a Squat Bar loaded to 1000lbs is staring at you wanting to crush you, will you attack that bar with relentless determination? I understand more and more why Weightlifting Talk is a “BlackSheep Lifestyle”! We are a family of determined Bar Slammers that were put on this earth for more than lifting weights! We were put on this earth for a revolution! We were put here to leave an impact that will be felt for generations to come!

We will go under 300lbs! We will destroy 1000lbs! We will become the Governor of our state! We will see Weightlifting become a Team Sport in High School! We will start our own corporation! I believe that The Attitude Nation and the MashMafia are true BlackSheep. We will not be afraid to take risk. Just because our parents, siblings, and friends couldn’t do something, doesn’t mean that we can’t. It just means that we will try harder. Failure isn’t an option, but if it happens, we will get back up and try again! Our new life slogan is”

“Because you couldn’t, I will”!!!!!!!!!

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

Learn 2 Lift Gaglione

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Learn 2 Lift Gaglione

​This weekend, Drew and I were in Long Island, NY at Gaglione Strength. First let me say, the people in New York and New Jersey are simply incredible. Each time we go to the area, the people open their hearts to us. Eric Prush, Gaglione Strength Coach, personally escorted us all around New York. He personally made sure that we try the best Pizza in New York, and the crew at our seminar made sure that I tried my first cannoli. We have so many friends in the area that it doesn’t feel like traveling. When I am up there, I feel like I am at home. I really want to thank my man John Gaglione for working so hard to make sure that the weekend was a success.
​At every “Learn 2 Lift” Seminar, I realize how much my teaching continues to evolve. There were several people at this seminar that were at my “Learn 2 Lift” at Zach Even-Esh’s Underground Gym in August of this year. They all agreed that my seminar had grown significantly. When I say grown, I mean that I continue to add new things as I learn them. I am around Jon North, Donnie Shankle, Glenn Pendlay, and many other awesome lifters and coaches on a weekly basis, so if I am not learning new ideas, then I am not a good coach. I definitely feel more of Jon North’s influence coming out as I teach. This time I used video analysis and extended the Q&A, and I believe that both are super helpful. Q&A is the perfect time to make sure that you are answering the questions of the attendees. They are the ones that paid to be there, so I want to make sure that they get what they want. I was surprised also by the amount of PRs. Normally, I don’t expect a lot of PRs right out of the gate because I am teaching people all new ideas, but we had several, almost everyone PRed or at least attempted a PR.

​Here is a list of our upcoming seminars:

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

​We are in the process of planning a seminar at Mash Elite Performance for February 1st, and we are still filling up the rest of the year. If you are interested in hosting a “Learn 2 Lift” Seminar on the topics of Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, or Athletic Performance/Strength & Conditioning, send me a message, and we will get it going. I can’t imagine what the “Learn 2 Lifts” will evolve into by the end of 2014.

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