Wingin’ it

The Wisconsin Highland Games are this weekend right up the road in Waukesha. I’ve been looking forward to this all summer as I wasn’t able to compete in a local Highland games the week I got here. It’s good to have insider information because the Heavy Athletics sign up hasn’t gone up. Apparently we don’t waste time with such formalities here and we just show up on the day of assuming the event is a go. We’ll just wing it, eh?

I had originally planned on competing both days but will only do Saturday’s now since one half of the 19 year old duo is coming Saturday afternoon and must be spoiled the rest of the weekend (those are the rules.) So Saturday (I’m told) are the Scottish events.  I already know that I struggle with throwing so the Open/Shot/Braemar stones will be practice. No surprises there. Someday I’ll find a throwing coach and maybe have a chance at this stuff.

The weight for distance and height should be okay. I haven’t done them in a while but hopefully some practice beforehand will allow me to work out the kinks.

Then there’s such things as Turning the Caber (above) and the Sheaf Toss.

Uhhhhhh, whatnow? I do what? With what? I have no idea what I’m doing and since the other half of tosabarbell is in Gibraltar, my coach will be the Oz man who will stay engaged as long as I keep him in mini-donuts and cheese curds. So…more wingin’ it. So many people were very helpful and kind at the Highlander last year, I’ll assume the same will happen here and it will all be fine. It’s geared up to be a very nice day and will be a lot of fun as long as I don’t poke someone’s eye out with this stuff.

At the very least, I’ll have some great pictures. Stay tuned.

Scottish by birth, British by law, a Highlander by the grace of God.

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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