The last month has been filled with travel; a move; more travel; and more travel. Because of that, both Bigg and I have been making do with our training and it’s time to refocus and get our programming straight. Funny enough, he came home from work yesterday and had already spent some thought on the subject (yup, we’re cute that way.)

His training obviously has to have more focus due to his competitions coming up in August so he’s returning to a template that’s worked well for him in the past. He’s tweaked 5-3-1 to push himself harder in the gym and make gains that still allows for work travels that will inevitably come but won’t derail his progress.

My programming has taken an unexpected turn with my back tweak last week but I’ll be fine by next week. I’ll go back to a program Rip wrote up for me years ago where I squat twice a week, press (each form) once a week, and pull three times a week. The olympic lifts are in that template so I’ll tweak that a bit until I get a women’s bar. This will give me a chance  to focus on getting my strength base back to what it was prior to the packing/move gig and make gains from there. I’m hoping to take the time compete in some Highland/Highlander games this summer but I need to get my back on track first.

I also need to focus on embracing my new community. It’s something I didn’t do when I moved to Texas, I just showed up and went right to work without taking time to acclimate to the new digs. So I was determined I’d do that here. Instead, I spend most of my days trying to find places to put stuff so I can continue unpacking along with the work to  make a house that hasn’t had any TLC for quite some time feel like home. So I’m going to refocus on that goal and venture out more.

But it’s ucky out again, so my venturing out will include somewhere with air conditioning. Heh.

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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