| | | PA Radio – Episode 125: Travis Mash

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Making his athletes’ goals a reality.

This week we bring you a conversation with former football player and competitive lifter, turned coach, Travis Mash.  Over the past 20 years, Travis has dedicated his life to working with various sport athletes and currently he is coach to many high level lifters both at his North Carolina facility and abroad.

The chat kicks off with some topical football news and then then Travis discusses his journey  from field sports to weightlifting.  John and Travis spend much of the discussion trading stories about the challenges and discoveries of playing football at a high level. Eventually, the two switch gears to Louie Simmons.  Travis candidly discloses what he feels makes the training at Westside one of the most unique in the world.

Coach Mash has more than a few stories to illustrate just how the hard work of a hopeful teenager  can amount to greatness.  Although most would say he’s been a blessing to nearly all the athlete’s he’s worked with, he maintains that it is he who is fortunate to have the opportunity to make dreams come true.

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Want to learn more about Coach Travis Mash and his facility?  Visit his website HERE to read all about his training style and testimonials from some of the best weightlifters in the nation.

Tune in next week when we welcome Andy Stumpf, whose goal is to set 4 world records in one jump for his effort titled “Man on a Mission”.  All proceeds go to The Navy Seal Foundation.

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


  1. Tony Fu on October 9, 2015 at 6:26 am

    I could listen to that intro on repeat. Never thought being told to retract my scapula’s could sound so badass.

  2. Ingo "Joey Swole" B on October 13, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Hell yeah, Tony Fu. Whoever created that is a musical production genius.

  3. DavidMck on October 13, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Great episode, loved hearing Mash talk about strength coaches and their role as a force for positivity and emotional/mental strength in a kids life, I find myself playing this role more and more. I have experience working with troubled/disadvantaged youth in a previous life and its something I missed when i went fulltime with the coaching. Good to hear people talking about this, fuck the numbers, are you making a difference in a kids life both on and off the field.

    Also, finally some love for the Pack! You really can’t blame Gruden guys, Clay and Rodgers are that good.

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