The Longest Day

Anyone who has spent more than two minutes with Oz knows his love for all things military and military history related. Though he’ll read about it all, weaponry; uniforms;battle logistics; etc. all day long he has the most passion for information revolving around WW II. From the time he was four, his favorite movie has been The Longest Day. Yes, four. My four year old would sit down and watch the entire movie of The Longest Day. From there he’s gone on to love Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers but his first exposure to John Wayne sticks closest to his heart.

Oz has been talking about D-Day all week, waiting for it, with full permission from the Ma to sit in front of the History channel all day. ***EDIT: The History channel has chosen today to air stupid shows such as American Restoration and Cajun Pawn Stars. Losers. So the kid is now sitting in front of the Military Channel all day. ***

So when I woke up to an e-mail from Stef with the following video, it made me smile. Stef and Oz are very good buds so of course she’d understand that this is a big day for him. It touches the Ma’s heart, as does the video. I have no understanding what had run through these men’s minds and I’ve had the very honored pleasure of spending time with veterans who stormed two of those beaches. I’ve heard their words, but still have no understanding of what is felt, deep in their hearts. I have no words that could explain the admiration I have for these soldiers courage and bravery. So I’ll stop and simply say thank you.

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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