About Me

Dr. Michael Mash

PT, DPT, CSCS, SFMA, FMS, Cert. TMM


Barbell Rehab was created by Dr. Michael Mash to help barbell athletes train pain-free and to educate other clinicians how to do this as well. Dr. Michael offers both on-site physical therapy in Pittsburgh, PA and online coaching services. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2016 from Duquesne University and his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Vincent College.

Dr. Michael holds the prestigious Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) title given by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and presents courses certified by this organization as well. Additionally, he is certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), and Functional Movement Screen (FMS), two systems dedicated to assessing human movement.

My Mission

Dr. Michael realized the benefits of barbell training long before he became a physical therapist. At the young age of 18, Michael participated in his first powerlifting competition but soon after underwent shoulder surgery for a long-standing baseball injury. After experiencing how heartbreaking injury can be as a young athlete, Dr. Michael has made it his mission to help athletes optimize their recovery, program, & technique to rise above their injuries and unlock their ultimate potential.

At Barbell Rehab, Dr. Michael’s mission is to help people of all ages lift weights pain-free. His training philosophy is centered around teaching and progressively loading barbell lifts such as the deadlift and squat to increase both strength and quality of life.

For the athlete, this means increased strength and muscle mass that carries over to increased sports performance. For the average mother of two, this means the ability to move through life with less effort. The barbell lifts load normal human movement patterns, such as picking things up off the ground, and reaching for items on a shelf, that we do everyday. After you increase your squat by 100 lbs. I assure you that bending over to pick up your child, or shoveling snow, or sitting at your desk job becomes that much easier. LIFE in general is easier when you are stronger, and there's no better way to get stronger than by utilizing the barbell.

Contact Dr. Michael

Whether you're looking for on-site physical therapy services, remote online coaching, or just want to chat, don't hesitate to reach out!