Snips and Snails…

…Puppy dog tails. What are little boys made of?  I remember this poem, growing up. I never figured out what snips and snails meant but the puppy dog tails thing was cute. What are BIG boys made of? Skeleton, musculature, tendons, ligaments, a great belly, and testosterone. Ya know. The beefy cute stuff.

That Bieber kid is Snips and Snails. Along with more Sugar and Spice than he should appreciate but it doesn’t seem to bother him. More and more men have gravitated towards the sugar and spice too.

Anyways. When Bigg went in to get his tendon repaired, we asked the surgeon for pictures. He thought we were joking (the facebook comments may have thrown him off.) But when we were talking after he was done, he said he DID have his nurse take a picture. The funny part was, while he was re-attaching it the first time, it snuck back up on him. Which meant he basically had to start over. This was funny only in that he was completely exhausted after he was done. Working on a person with hard muscle and tendons isn’t his norm and his three hour workout had him looking as if he just PR’d his 20 rep squat.

Pretty cool. I believe we need a new poem to replace the cuteness of old…

What are beefy boys made of?

Beards and Traps;

Belly’s and Lats;

Strength of gods;

Steel like quads;

Hearts of gold;

Male, uncontrolled.

That’s what beefy boys are made of.

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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