Takes all kinds

We were in Wichita Falls last weekend for a Starting Strength seminar. Yes, I went back after being gone for only 10 or so days. It was fun to see a few friends again but hard to give more concrete goodbyes. Anyways.

One of the participants was Mike Whities. Now, Whities was so excited to attend the Seminar he actually started his own thread on Rip’s forum about it. No one had done that before so I was interested to see what this guy was aboot. I had seen a comment from him on one of his posts that he was training in spite of losing an arm in an accident but hadn’t given it much thought as to how things were going to go throughout the weekend.

As it turns out, we didn’t need to think of it all. Whities steps up to the platform just like everyone else and probably with more determination than most. He’s also a very nice dude with a quirky sense of humor. This was proven when he was a sport about eating King Alfred’s lunch. No, that won’t make sense to most of you but to us it was awesome.

Read more about Whities and the seminar on Rip’s forum here.

I want to thank Whities for the experience of coaching him and his follow through of letting us know he got home safe and sound after a long drive after a long weekend. It was a blast and I’m a better coach for it. Thanks Whities!

Quote of the Day:

“My best painting is the next one. I haven’t painted it yet. I am in competition only with myself, and that’s tough, because I believe that each thing I do must be better in some way than the last.”

Ted DeGrazia


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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2 Responses to Takes all kinds

  1. Mike Mantzouris says:

    Great post. Thanks. I met you at the Brooklyn seminar. You coached me on the bench press. I had such a good time and learned so much I wish I could go to every one of them! Depending on the kids’ schedules, I may be able to stop by the NY Strongman competition and root Matt on.

    • tosabarbell says:

      Thanks Mike, of course I remember you. Hope you’re still kicking ass. Unfortunately the ASM contest was re-scheduled to August and relocated to Reno! We were SO bummed not to have “home base advantage.” Thanks for your support!


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