On Friday, Bobby asked me, “What are we going to do today Jules?” I said, “Let’s run ‘er up.” I also told him we weren’t pushing the prowler that day which made him especially happy. Anyways.

Last fall, Bobby (at age 47) squatted a PR of 375 at a meet in Ft. Worth. We then switched gears and got him ready for the Texas State Weightlifting meet where he also kicked ass. After that, life hit. He had a few medical issues along with plain ‘ol adult life taking over and training backed off a bit. He kept training, but at lower weights and he hit the prowler a couple times a week. We wanted to just let him recover from pushing so hard for the last nine months.

So yesterday was the first time we worked up to a heavy single since his meet. 280# looked a little tough but he really wanted 300 so we kept going. 290 looked better and he popped out of the hole on 300 so easily that we decided to go up one more time. You’ll hear my reaction to an easy 310 at the end. We stopped there. Why? A) because getting greedy in a dumb way tends to bite you in the ass and 2. Bobby has a full weekend of activities and drive time and needs to be worth a shit this weekend. Remember, 47 year olds recover a little differently than a 27 year old.

Anyways, working with Bobby this last year has been something to look forward to each Mon/Wed/Fri. He’s not only a client but a good friend and I’ll miss him. It’ll be pineapples without him.

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to jep6095@gmail.com 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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