Our move is officially in the books, thank gods. It actually went very smooth, no travel hitches and I’m thankful for that. We also made it through a fairly stressful event and arrived still liking each other so that’s a plus.

It’s been a few days of unloading (and reloading into storage), returning trucks and trailers, unpacking boxes and reality is setting in. Reality that tosabarbell is currently a holding tank for the remainder of the siding that is going up this week (which is why our new B&R bar is in the living room.) That I’m going to have to find some imaginary space for the rest of the boxes to be unloaded and reality that there’s a lot of work to do to make this feel like home.

There’s also the reality that we have an entirely new support system in Bigg’s family; that his brother and Carpenter extraordinaire would walk through fire to make things nice around here for us; our new community (with high’s in the low 50’s by the way) is adorable and feels like home due to it’s similarity to Minneapolis and that being together each day is much better than e-mailing from 1000 miles away.

So it goes, when reality isn’t quite what you envisioned, you adjust and refocus. The good news is that I know where the good grocery store is, where to get excellent Bourbon, how to get to The Brickyard so I can train during this adjustment and that I have Bigg right here to help with it all.

Deadwood quote of the day:

Jane: Why is everybody fucking whispering?!

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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1 Response to Reality

  1. vero says:

    awesome! yes, you have someone to be there for/with/loving you…nothing can top that:) that’s what we, human beings, long for…i think…

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