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How The Fast Get Faster and the Strong Get Stronger w/ Coach Kav, Travis Mash, Anders Varner, and Doug Larson — Barbell Shrugged #414

Coach Kavanaugh’s unique approach to training builds on his experience as both an elite athlete and an athlete who has endured a life-changing injury. His programs build strength, flexibility, speed, and teach proper bio-mechanics to increase performance and decrease chance of injury. Coach Kavanaugh’s programs also incorporate his experience with the Nike SPARQ program. SPARQ is a world-wide testing system that evaluates Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction, and Quickness. After becoming a certified speed coach, he tested, trained and evaluated over 50,000 athletes, including stand-outs such as Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, Kansas City Royals first round pick Eric Hosmer, and Florida’s winningest softball pitcher Stephanie Brombacher.

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.

In this episode, the Shrugged crew takes a deep dive in the link between weightlifting, speed, mechanics and hot to create world class speed, power, and strength,

Minute Breakdown:

1-10 The hotbed for speed and athleticism in Miami makes you a great coach

11-20 Why lower volume is the key to top performance

21-30 Believing in athletes and keeping their mindset positive

31-40 Fixing disfunction in elite athletes

41-50 The intersection of speed and strength

51-60 The importance of the big toe

61-70 – Focusing on the main thing and training for the sport you are going to be great at. Specificity vs general training.

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Doug Larson on Instagram


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