Each week, we shine the spotlight on one of our online coaching clients. The simple idea of making ourselves stronger through training brings together people of all different backgrounds and for all different purposes. In sharing our clients’ experiences we hope to share part of what makes our online community of lifters unique.

Mario Aschauer

“This picture was last summer when I went on a concert tour to Japan and during breaks went to this powerlifting gym where the guys let me train with them. (They thought it was super cool to have an Austrian musician who lives in Texas train with them ha ha!))

Mario started lifting 3 years ago. Take a look at his squat 3 years ago at 125 versus his squat this year at 317.5! Mario was a vegetarian for 12 years. Since he began lifting, he has reintroduced meat into his diet and has found that “cutting and bulking as an omnivore is so much easier”!
Mario just bought his first home, and naturally, got right to work on getting his home gym all set up. Congratulations Mario!

What is your occupation?

Musician and College Professor (Music)

Who is your BLOC Coach?

Randy Winfrey

What is something your coach has had to tell you a million and one times?

Aim for your nose in the press

What is your favorite lift?

Bench Press

Where do you live?

Houston, TX (originally from Austria, though)

Do you lift in a home gym or a public gym?

Home gym

How long have you been training?

3 years

Why did you start lifting?

Actually, for looks. Starting Strength has changed that, though.

What do you love about training?

I love the feeling of being strong(er). It took me about 36 to feel that for the first time.

What lifting achievement are you most proud of?

315 squat and 8 chins in one set (I started my squat at 95 and couldn’t do a single chin when I started).

Did you ever think at any point in your life that someday you’d be as strong as you are now?


Describe a time after you started training when someone noticed your gains. What was it like?

I’m 6’1” and had dieted down to 158lbs (I was a fat kid and at some point. I wanted to prove to myself that I could have abs. You know that kind of stupidity). Then I started training and gained weight. One day a student complimented my legs which had grown significantly. No one had ever complimented a weight GAIN!

What or who gets you to train when your motivation is really low?

I’m a perfectionist. That’s worse than motivation 🙂

Pre-workout of choice

espresso, diet coke, gummy bears

What are some of your go-to lifting songs?

Any high-energy Latin music

What is the most embarrassing song you like?

Any high-energy Latin music, I guess 🙂

What are some of your lifting-related goals for this year?  

Squat 315 for a clean set of five, bench press 200, deadlift 405, press 135

What have you learned about yourself from barbell training?

That not everything comes easy. And that I don’t have ideal squatting anthropometry (I had never thought about that before).

If Barbell Logic Online Coaching made a yearbook, which do you think you’d most likely win?

Lifter with 18th-century piano next to power rack

What’s your favorite meal? Please use as much detail as possible.

Tacos with turkey chorizo, roast potatoes, and oaxaca cheese

What are a couple of your favorite books?

Herrigel: Zen and the Art of Archery; Doderer: The Merowingians; Zweig: The World of Yesterday

Anything else you would like to share with your BLOC brethren and sistren?  

Musicians (particularly pianists): Lifting is not bad for your fingers!

Before: (video) Mario a Starting Strength Seminar in March 2016 squatting 125 lb.


After: (video) Mario at his home gym in March 2019 squatting 317.5 lb.


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