Starting in February (2/3/17) TCS will host the Women's Weightlifting Crew on the first Friday of every month. This is open to any female in the area who loves to pick shit up and put it down. Strongman, powerlifting, olympic lifting, "gymnastical" shit....everything is up for discussion. Myself and Coach Mary D from the Strictly Strength side of the gym will be leading these workouts. 

If you are familiar with TCS, Travis hosts "Lumberjacked" for the dudes once a month. This is the same - but better for obvious reasons.

WWC is open to any fitness level. You could be starting out day 1 - or be competing in the Olympics. We don't care, and neither should you. This is about getting together with other strong women and doing what we love: Lifting heavy shit in any way possible. 

Sign ups are HERE. Look on the class calendar each month for the announced Friday night for the WWC. 


On May 23, 2015 we will be hosting a donation-based workout at Travis County Strength to raise money for the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship foundation. There is a suggested donation of $30 but that is merely a suggestion. Please feel free to be as generous as you like. Please make any checks out to Travis County Strength.

The workout is as follows:

Run 1 mile
100 Pullups
200 Pushups
300 Air Squats
Run 1 mile

**Reps may be partitioned any way**

Registration is open for both the 8 and 9 o’clock heats. Follow the link at the end of the post and snag your spot. If you would rather just donate money and skip the pull-ups, push-ups, squats and runs that is fine too.

Whatever you have planned for that weekend remember to take sometime to honor all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. 

Heat 1 @ 8am

Heat 2 @ 9 am


I hear the following statement A LOT and it drives me to the brink of insanity every time.

"I need to get in shape before I start working out."

WHAT THE.........?!

As much as this self-defeating mentality drives me f*cking bonkers.....I get it. Working out can be very intimidating. This is especially the case when you are starting from scratch, walk into a gym and see fit men and women throwing around atlas stones, sandbags, barbells and whatever else may be close at hand. I get it. 

In addition, through my years of coaching and just being a human - I've come to understand that humans do whatever they can to avoid pain(physical pain, embarrassment, feeling unaccepted, etc.) and experience pleasure(acceptance, achievement, growth, community, etc). Sometimes this basic human programming gets a little screwy, but at it's core, it makes perfect sense that people are very hesitant to just jump right into the type of shit we do here at TCS. This makes me sad. : (

So when awesome people say stuff like "I need to get in shape before I start working out", I hear their protection mechanism coming up with a way to avoid pain. You see, if they "get in shape" then they feel like they will have a better understanding of how to actually workout and won't look stupid to others(avoiding pain). They have the idea that they'll come back to the gym 10-20lbs lighter, looking hott as hell and look like they belong in this social group - and therefore be accepted(pleasure). 

Of course this is just one scenario of many, but I'm sure you can see yourself and/or someone you know in this example.

The trick for us humans to learn is how to utilize these powerful drivers - pain and pleasure - to our benefit. Think of it this way......look 10 years into the future. Assuming you don't change a damn do you look, feel, move? Is it what you hoped for at that age? Can you play with your kids/grand kids/dogs? For those of you that continue to postpone initiating some form of consistent training program, I would imagine that the thought of you in 10 years may be a little painful......Yes? Use this pain as your motivation. Do the logical thing to avoid this pain and get started ASAP! I promise, once you get through the initial phase of starting this program you'll feel far more pleasure.

The key to successfully making this transformation happen occurs in the first couple weeks. This is when you really want to create a solid foundation of movement knowledge and competency. If you rush through this phase in an effort to catch up with everyone else, you'll find yourself too sore to move, frustrated with little or no progress, and/or injured - putting you back at square one. No good.

Be patient. Learn from a quality coach that pays attention to the details and pushes you to hold a higher standard for yourself and your movements. Do that, and the success (pleasure) will undoubtedly come.  

If this post lights a fire under your ass, and you're ready to take action, here are a couple options for you:


All long-lasting structures require a solid foundation. We take this law and apply it to each new athlete. In Foundations, we begin the development of confidence, comprehension, strength, conditioning and mental toughness. No matter your experience level, Foundation sessions are specifically designed to appropriately challenge you and start you on a successful path.
Contact to set up your Foundations.


This drop-in only($25) class is offered most Saturdays at 9am. We encourage new athletes - of any experience level - to give this class a shot because the class size and workout design lends itself well to introducing new athletes to working out. Register Here



If you've been with TCS for a while now, you undoubtedly know Taylor or have at least heard other TCS athletes speak her praises.  Taylor is a LIFT athlete under Coach Jen Shaw and is one of those athletes that makes everyone else around her better.  Taylor is truly a very special young woman that impresses everyone with her hard work, unrelenting positivity and kindness.  

This past weekend Taylor traveled to Houston to take on her very first competition as an "As Rx'd Individual" -- A pretty big deal when you have as much passion and intensity for completive fitness as Taylor does. 

And this, my friends, is where I will send you over to Jen's LIFT blog to find out just how the weekend went for Taylor, as well as find out what Jen thinks is the main driver for Taylor's success. -----> LIFT

I know I speak for the entire Travis County Strength community when I say that we are so proud of you!  Thank you for representing TCS and LIFT the way you do!

June: Bringing in the NEW

First off, before we get to June, let's take about how May ended with a BOOM!

Our donation-based "Murph" workout was a great finish to Travis County Strength's 6th month of operation.  We had approximately 40 athletes take on the daunting workout, and while everyone successfully completed it, the most impressive act was one of generosity and selflessness. 

In a matter of a couple hours, the TCS raised approximately $1200 that will go entirely to The Lone Survivor Foundation.  I say approximately because members of our community continue to bring in money to support our fundraising efforts!

I could not be more proud to be part of a this community....this family.  This is what it's all about!  Gotta love it! 

Thank you all!


Now we can move on to June....

First, you may have noticed that we've mounted yet another whiteboard in the gym.  Don't worry....this doesn't mean more workouts.  We will be using the new board to keep everyone up to date with the goings on at TCS.  We've mounted this new board above the water fountain (strategic???) so please be sure to check it out occasionally.

As you can see, there is a lot going on...


  • Strictly Strength - Tuesday/Thursday @ 4pm w/ Coach Nick Mounce
  • Strongman Class - Sundays @ 10am w/ Coach Nick Mounce
    • This class is capped at 6 and comes with an additional price of $100($25/class)
  • FREE TCS Community Workout - June 21st @ 8:30am
  • FREE Kettelbell Community Workout - June 28th @ 10am w/ Coach Randal Setzler


  • Class Drop-In rates will be increasing from $20/session to $25/session starting 6/1.  If you have any questions regarding this change, please feel free to contact me directly at [].
  • NEW TCS t-shirts/tank tops and LIFT tanks are now in and available for $25. 

A Keen Observation

Today, after one brutal workout utilizing a heavy keg, a TCS athlete gathered his wits and made an observation that was pretty awesome.

Dr. Brad Love stated to me that, "He was impressed by the quality of people that continue to come to TCS." 

I thought about this for a split second and blurted out in a joking matter, "I know!  None of them are assholes."

He agreed, but then further explained by saying with a smile, "You're right, none of them are assholes, but that's not even present on this scale.  These are top-notch people."

This was the crew from our very first Free Community SWOD....Only good people pictured here.

This was the crew from our very first Free Community SWOD....Only good people pictured here.

Now, if that's not perfectly clear, let me try again.  Dr. Love was not describing the high-quality of athleticism that each person displayed....although that characteristic is not far behind.

No.  He was specifically observing that the individuals that frequent Travis County Strength have certain qualities about them as people - not necessarily just as athletes - that make them top-notch. 

This is an important distinction to make.  In fact, I would much rather be known as a coach that makes people better, rather than a coach that builds great athletes. 

What's really exciting is the fact that like attracts like.  So, it's a safe bet that due to the nature of who trains at TCS currently, we will likely see only the best people walking through our doors with the drive to get better. 

That's very exciting!


TCS Free Workout

This past weekend, Coach Randal Setzler lead his first Free Community Kettlebell Workout at TCS, and there was a great showing!  Approximately 20 (new and familiar) swingers showed up to see the new digs and be coached by the very best in kettlebell.  It was awesome to see!

The coaches of LIFT and Strictly Strength have been sitting on the idea of a Free Community SWOD and we are ready to pull the trigger as well!  I realize it's short notice, but we'd love to see y'all bring some new faces around the TCS stomping grounds. 

Here are the details:

WHEN: Saturday, March 1st at 8:30am(Start time, not arrival time.)

REGISTRATION:  Open to 10 current TCS clients, and their PLUS ONE.  The goal is to have 10 TCS athletes bring one new person each. That would be a total of 20 people. (Yay, math!)

That's pretty much it.  Simple, right?  Because this is open to only 20 people I need to stress the fact that there needs to be 10 NEW faces on Saturday morning.  As things develop, we may open the registration to more, but we don't want to dilute the quality and the methods that we utilize in LIFT and SS.  That being the case, numbers must stay relatively low to insure this high quality workout experience. 

If you're ready to signup for the Free ComSWOD, and you already have a buddy to bring,


We'll see y'all soon!