Awwwww, nuts!

Growing up as a PK, there wasn’t a lot of cussing in the house. Unfortunately, that didn’t stick. Heh. When my dad would get frustrated with something, he’d say “Aw nuts!” You could tell how frustrated or upset he was based on the severity of the “nuts” and how loud it was said.

We had an ‘Awwwww nuts!’ this week at tosabarbell.

After gearing up for America’s Strongest Man scheduled for July in New York City; getting the fans in Brooklyn and NYC fired up to come cheer on Bigg, the contest got switched to Reno in late August. So Reno it is. Flights were changed, hotels rebooked and training continued. Friday afternoon, Bigg received an e-mail saying the contest was off. Again.

Awwwwww, NUTS! (Okay, I cussed but like I said, the non-cussing thing didn’t stick.) There were organizational issues through no fault of ASC and I can’t even imagine their frustration in all of this. But the worry was for my guy. He was stoked and ready for this one but due to prior commitments, the rescheduled date in September in Vegas won’t work.

And so it goes. Bigg still will be in Gibraltar at the end of the month and is working hard to kick some arse there. His Log Press continues to go up, today was a triple at 420#.  The clean got away from him a bit and he’ll be working on that so he doesn’t get used up before the press. But he has specific goals and he’s working hard towards them. Stay tuned on that. Heeeee.

Impressive, eh? And a good F.U. to the “Awwwww nuts” moment that life tends to throw our way.

Afterwards, we had our usual post Log Press meal at Hamburger Mary’s. Though it’s always fun at HM, having a photo with Dear Ruthie was an extra treat!

Photo: What does he do after Log Pressing 420# for a triple? Hamburger Mary's. Duh! Posing with Dear Ruthie a bonus.

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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