After spending most of a gorgeous, fall like Wisconsin day in the waiting room while Bigg’s surgeon had the workout of his life reattaching his biceps tendon, we started watching some of the men’s Singles final match of the US Open. Now, I realize you’d guess that I was a huge tennis fan based on the fact that Serena Williams in my favorite athlete but you’d be wrong. I don’t hate tennis and I’ll watch it as I can, but it’s been a long time since I’ve sat and watched an entire men’s match. While I respect and admire the strength, speed, and athleticism displayed surely there are better things to do.

But when we got home and situated, I turned it back on and saw that Britain’s Andy Murray was kicking a little ass and thought, “Huh, this looks fun.” He’s been on the cusp of big wins this year and you just can’t help rooting for him a little bit. Of course as we started watching, Novak Djokovic started ramping up and took the next set.

Anyways. This was a great match and very entertaining to watch. There were volleys that went down that could only be described as, “Wow.” Two class acts working their asses off. And Murray finally got his first Grand Slam win. Pretty cool. Congrats to him.

Also. Today is the obvious 11th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Remember in a way that brings comfort to you, and honor to those who have been directly affected.

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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