Well, geez.

I woke up to two annoyances this morning. The first was something I read on the internet. It seems a bunch of powerlifters; very strong, very well supplemented powerlifters want to take on some CrossFitters at some kind of challenge. The thinking is because they are very strong, they can kick all sorts of ass with minimal training and show those shirtless, board short wearing, 155 pounders who’s boss. Why does this annoy me? I don’t know. Can’t we all just get along? First it’s the chicken sandwich that’s divided America, and now this?

The other annoyance is the fact that I felt I needed to defend CrossFitters. Tell these silly boys (yes boys, anyone who challenges on the internet hasn’t reached enough maturity to actually CALL the group you’re challenging and do it face to face) to go pick on someone your own size? Oh wait, they do. At Powerlifting meets.

Look people, CrossFit has it’s own set of issues and The Couch Thread is full of all kinds of LULZ bringing it all together. But we know, and respect, many CF gym owners who are doing right by their people. Beau and Angie in Maryland; Streeter and Carrie in Seattle; Alex up in Canadia. They, and others take a lot of couch potatoes or weak people and put a barbell in their hands. They open them up to a world of weightlifting (T-Bone down in NC); they get them excited about competition; they tweak diets to help their people feel better on a daily basis. The tomfoolery that we see on the internet doesn’t speak (although unfortunately, it usually represents) to the hard work a lot of people are doing in gyms.

Posturing on the internet is all kinds of badass.  That thinking annoys me the most. Go compete, in many different areas, enjoy it and STFU!  I hope the CrossFitters kick arse. If the competition were closer, I’d go cheer them on. I’d hold a sign; maybe make a t-shirt or something. Well, not really.

There are all sorts of venues to compete in. It’s not up to me to say YOUR venue is worthless therefore I’m going to tell everyone on the internet that I’m going to show up and embarrass you, I rule. It’s dick. And it’s annoying. Think long and hard why you think that’s fun.

On another note, who’d of guessed that some of the biggest drama  coming out of the Olympics revolves around Badminton? Huh.

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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