Really People….

I was squatting the other day and since things were feeling pretty good, I decided to go up an additional 5# on my last single. It went fine and although it wasn’t as easy as ten  pounds ago, it wasn’t hard. I was feeling pretty decent about it when a well meaning gym member said, “You got forward a little bit in the bottom but other than that it was fine.” No shit. I was there. I remember that part where I got a little loose in the bottom and also when the bar came back up just fine. Thanks though buddy.

What is it with the need of others to have an opinion on absolutely everything these days in the gym? Is it the internet coaching craze? I see a lot of input given on various websites or youtube videos where multiple people break down every aspect of each rep,  impressing themselves and in theory  others with their coaching prowess and skillz. Really people, just S!T!F!U!

One of my pilots was at home for a break when she was squatting at a nearby gym. She knew one of the trainers was watching her but up to that point hadn’t approached her. I’ll spare you my diatribe on how utterly offensive it is as a woman to be squatting/pressing/pulling in the gym and some idiot male will come up and “help” you, assuming that you’ve been waiting for just this chance to be awed by his brilliant coaching skillz. Really, don’t get me started. Anyways. When she was done and unloading the bar, he finally came up to her and said, “good squats” and promptly walked away. Next time I’m in Ohio, I’m going to find him and hug him. Congratulations, you just showed KCon what a smart coach you are.

Whether you’re a full time coach or just coaching your buddy or (god forbid) wife or husband, learn how to be useful. Telling the lifter everything you see isn’t necessary. Give them one thing to think about (IF THEY ASK) and move on. And if you can’t do that…just STFU and worry about your own lifts. They’re probably wrong anyway. Heh. Happy Friday!

Deadwood quote of the day:

Francis Wolcott: I am a sinner that does not expect forgiveness. But I am not a government official. 

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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