Not a badass. Nope.

In general, I’m not a fan of ‘hardcore’ motivational quotes.  Spend two minutes on lifting blogs and you’ll notice all of the cool kids using quotes with words such as “warrior” or “forged” or some other douchebaggery. Look folks, most of us here are just trying to be a little better than yesterday. We’re not bad ass, we’re training. We get into the gym with our log and our squat shoes and eek out a little bit more strength than the day before.

Some of us are training for upcoming meets or events and if so, that’s awesome. But Badass? Nope. Sorry. Very few of us out there are high level competitors and giving the people we train or train with some bad-assed motivational quote doesn’t make us a better coach, it makes us lame.  I don’t even call Bigg a Badass and he IS a Badass.

For the rest of us mortals, we’re training; competing and striving for new PR’s; and doing work in the gym. That makes us useful and a little bit stronger than last week. But not Badass. Sorry.

Now here’s some badass fun…

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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