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Travis Mash Episode 58 – Assessing Athletes, Training Kids, Creating Atmosphere and Much More! 

Bio (@masheliteperformance)

Travis Mash has been strength training for over 21 years and has been working with athletes on their strength, speed, and athletic performance for over 15 years. Travis has worked with athletes and non-athletes of all levels from NFL and Olympic hopefuls, to 7-year-olds just starting out, to a 70-year-old senior seeking increased mobility. Travis is a published author for several strength and conditioning journals and continues to work with several colleges such as University of North Carolina, Wake Forest University, Appalachian State University, and Wofford University. Travis is a current world champion in powerlifting and has held the all-time pound-for-pound world record. He was also an Olympic hopeful in weightlifting and was recruited for the U.S. men’s bobsled team. Having been a world champion, Travis is able to share his champion mentality with his athletes and non-athletes alike.

Follow Travis on twitter @mashelite or Instagram @masheliteperformance and be sure to search him on facebook


Episode at a Glance

In episode 58 of the Doc & Jock podcast legendary lifter and strength coach Travis Mash joins the fellas (Doc Danny Matta & Coach Joe Szymanek) to talk about life, love and the pursuit of having a massive snatch. The conversation opens with Travis talking about his coaches, the guys that made him who he is, and how they helped him to get where he is now. After the initial background info and the exchange of pleasantries the dudes get hot and heavy talking about a gambit of topics ranging from how CrossFit has impacted barbell sports to how not to be a douchey Facebook coach and everything inbetween.

Quick Show Guide


Joe’s show intro. This one is important gang, because you will learn how to win a FREE Squatty Potty.


Travis Mash talk about what motivated him to get into the world of lifting and how his high school football coach pretty much talked him out of being a jerk.


The fellas find out what initiated Travis to make a move from training to be a Olympic Lifter to becoming more of the Power Lifter that he is known for.



If you spend any amount of time around a bunch of lifters you generally will hear some hot shit spewed in the direction of CrossFitters, so tons of you may expect Travis to be sort of anti-CrossFit, but at marker 4:57 we find out that he looks to CrossFit gyms to find his up and coming talent and also believes that CrossFit will change the landscape of American Weightlifting for the better in the next couple of years.


Travis works with a ton of kids. So what does he look for in 12 year olds to let him know if they are ready to go heavy? What did CJ Cumming have that you don’t? Who is Harrison Morris and why will he be the next great American Weightlifter?


Travis discusses if he has seen a shift in ladies saying that strong is sexy and  becoming less afraid to go heavy.


Get some hot tips on how Travis keeps his family #1 while maintaining his status of being one of the best strength coaches in the world.  


The online coaching segment: Are facebook coaches douches? Travis informs us the best way to avoid general douchey-ness when being an online coach. He also shares how to find a good online coach and how to become a great on if you are just starting. He also reminds us if you lack a science perspective in your coaching that you will 100% hold your clients back.


Travis shares his secrets for assessing a lifter that he is onboarding.


Doc vs. Trainer: an old debate that has been raging in locker rooms from high schools to professional sports is brought up and we hear Travis’ thoughts on what a doctor’s involvement should be in the strength and conditioning space.


This is why you should leave a comment on iTunes. Travis answers questions from the Doc & Jock faithful that were submitted via iTunes.


Closing remarks


Post Comments about this episode, potential topics, suggestions for interviews and questions to the Doc and Jock Website, facebook page, and twitter account.  Also be sure to reach out to Dr. Danny and Coach Joe at their personal social media accounts listed below in the show sponsor section.  

Webpage http://docandjock.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Doc-and-Jock/413659638795840?fref=ts

Twitter @docandjock

Instagram @DOCandJOCKpodcast


Also, please check out these links to the articles and content creators mentioned during our conversation.

Web Site: http://www.mashelite.com/

Twitter: @mashelite

Instagram: @masheliteperformance

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MashElitePerformance/


More on the Show Sponsors

Mobility WOD – The ultimate guide to resolving pain, preventing injury, and optimizing athletic performance. www.mobilitywod.com

Doc and Jock would like to thank official Show Sponsor Mobility WOD for their support.  Please gang head over to www.mobilitywod.com for all you mobility needs where you will find the latest MWOD products, episodes, upcoming seminars, daily MWODS, help finding a provider and the subscription services Mobility WOD Pro.  Mobility WOD PRO is a perfect resource for any coach looking to up their positional knowledge base and infect their community with true suppleness!      

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Performa Sleep – Better Performance through Better Sleep.  www.performasleep.com

Performa Sleep has developed what they believe to be the perfect mattress for athletes.  Their athlete – specific sleep technology is a three layer mattress designed to ease muscle tension, boost recovery, and sooth hard working bodies.  Head over to their webpage to read learn more about their CopperCool technology and to read testimonials from our very own Dr. Danny, and CrossFit Games Athletes Scott Panchik (@ScottPanchik), Emily Bridgers (EmilyBridgers), and Lauren Fisher (LaurenFisher).     

Exclusive to the Doc and Jock audience, Performa Sleep is providing a discount code to receive $75.00 of the purchase of any size mattress.  Simply head over to www.performasleep and enter the code JOCK75 at check out.  Along with $75.00 off Performa Sleep already offers a 90 day money back guarantee and free shipping.  

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/PerformaSleep/?fref=nf

Twitter and Instagram – @PerformaSleep


Athletes’ Potential – Where Movement is Medicine!   http://www.athletespotential.com/

Dr. Danny offers an assortment of services.  If you are in the Atlanta area be sure to look him up.  If you are not in Atlanta please be sure to shoot him an email or follow him on the social sites listed below.   

facebook page https://www.facebook.com/athletespotential?fref=ts

Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzbIpnafDLDvqCztuFkdsdQ

Twitter @AthPotential

Instagram  @dannyMattaPT


Joe’s Barbell – where lifting at JOE’S is just a click away. http://joesbarbell.com/

Coach Joe offers a variety of live and online training options including a private facebook group titled #HeelsOff where you can get his honest and FREE opinion on your movement and unfiltered take on Weightlifing. Join the conversation at any of the links below.

Webpage Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/905586666194729/

#HeelsOff facebook forum https://www.facebook.com/joesbarbell?fref=ts  

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/BarbellsandBabies

Twitter @JoeShu2326

Instagram @JoesBarbell

Thanks for listening and remember, If you have a BODY you’re an ATHLETE

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