Jon Call (Jujimufu) Tries Weightlifting at Mash Elite Performance

Jon Call, or Jujimufu, is the self-proclaimed ‘anabolic acrobat’ that I can almost guarantee you’ve seen on Instagram at some point in your life. He’s one of the few strength athletes who can pull off holding a splits on top of chairs, while holding a barbell over his head.

In fact, he was on America’s Got Talent back in 2016 for his crazy acrobatic strength. Now you’re probably thinking, “Oh I have seen him, wait, that’s Jon Call?” Yup. If you’re still lost, check out the video below, and you’ll quickly gain an understanding of who Call, or Jujimufu is.

Recently, Call has been pumping out some awesome YouTube videos. And we thought one of his last videos was deserving of an article. It features Call training and learning Olympic lifting at Mash Elite Performance with some of the most renowned weightlifting coaches in the United States, including Travis Mash and Don McCauley.

Personally, I think this video is great because it shows Call, a weathered strength athlete, starting from ground zero. Olympic lifting can be intimidating to start, so seeing someone like himself with his experience learning from scratch is humanizing. But that’s not all, here a few other aspects that made this video great.

  • Awesome coaching with feedback from Travis Mash & Don McCauley.
  • Clips of Nathon Damron, Morgan McCullough, and others in the background.
  • A pretty cool BarBend banner in the background *cough cough*.
  • Movement walk-through commentary from the coaches and Call, along with what Call had previously thought before being corrected.
  • Hints of Clarence Kennedy coming in the next couple of months to lift with Call and at Mash.

Besides the coaching in the video, the last point is pretty dang exciting. Not to mention, Mash talks about having him and Damron go head to head with squats. Now that would be an epic squat battle.

Feature image screenshot from Jujimufu YouTube Channel. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,200 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter.

On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.

Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

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