Don’t Jump!

I’ve had enough conversations on jumping the last few weeks that it seems worth mentioning. No, not the very cool (that I’ll never do) cliff jumping into beautiful, welcoming waters. But program jumping in strength training.

Look people, you need to find a program and stay the course. The Iron can be boring. Day in, day out, a few pounds more here, a few pounds less there. Some days you feel strong, some days you don’t. Smelly knee sleeves; favorite training shirt almost torn to shreds; shorts that have yet to burst from your ever swelling squat ass; squat shoes that have been resoled at least three times…glamorous we ain’t.

But we are consistent. We all share the goal, get stronger. Be Strongest. But that takes years, not months. It takes a dedication to a program; it takes a dedication to being a beginner…for a while. A long while. Someone placed the redunkulous notion out there that gains come quickly. You flip a tire in boot camp? Whell clearly you’re ready for a strongman contest. You’ve done one powerlifting meet? Whell clearly you’re ready for a new program for the next one.

Ever wonder why people listen to folks like Rip, Wendler, Dan John, or Tommy Suggs? Because the knowledge they’ve accrued has taken them YEARS. Get it? Not a couple, but decades. Agree or disagree with their programming, I don’t care. That’s not the point. The point is that they’ve tweaked their program with years and years of experience watching others succeed (or not) using them over (say it with me ) YEARS, not weeks or months. I’ve just read on someone’s training log how their squats have not progressed in over a year. Looking back at the log, you can see how they’ve switched lifting styles; programming; diet; lack of diet; and anything else vital to an effective strength program. Well DUH! OH! They’ve also jumped coaches, at least four in a year. Huh. Guess what moron, your results reflect exactly what you’ve put into your training.

Find a program, eek out every ounce of strength you can from it. When it’s time to switch things up, pay a few bucks to someone with enough knowledge to recognize that you MUST STAY THE COURSE. As antsy as you are to try the next fad, stay the course. You’ll save years of wasted training.

Or not. At least you’ll have something to bitch about on your training log.

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 Don’t Jump!

  1. Dwayne says:

    LOL. Love this one.

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