I like prizes. I like giving them and I like getting them. Prizes could be big or small, it doesn’t matter. They make days fun. I like coffee. A lot. I really like very good coffee. Yesterday was a good day when I was on the receiving end of  prizes consisting of Awesome coffee from my new friend Anne.  Anne’s hubby (Chris) and Bigg train together and she has been involved in endurance sports for a while now. One thing she has never tried was dedicated strength training. So after her latest adorable daughter was born early this year, Anne contacted me and asked for help in getting her going.

The obvious obstacle here was distance. Anne lives in the Milwaukee area and I live in North Texas, aboot 1,018 miles give or take a mile or two. How in the world do I get someone training with very little barbell experience from over 1000 miles away? Between my (at times stern) advice and Chris and Bigg’s hands on coaching and ALL of Anne’s hard work and patience she’s doing quite well. She’s on her way to getting stronger and kicking ass in the gym. Anne is a PT by trade which is helpful and hurtful all wrapped up in one. It’s helpful from a standpoint of her body awareness and kinesthetic sense and hurtful in that she’s used to (at times) isolating how movements feel where we’ve worked on feeling the big lifts as a whole.  She has done amazing and I’m very proud of her. I’m also looking forward to meeting her which feels weird saying after being in such close contact for a couple of months.

I’ll enjoy an awesome pot (or two) of coffee this morning thanks to my coffee prizes!  Thanks Anne, see you soon.

Deadwood quote of the day:

“You can’t slit the throat of everyone whose character it would improve.” – Al Swearengen

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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