Monday Bacon

Fact is, it takes all kinds to make the world go ’round. I’ve been a tad annoyed about a few characters from the Highlander, enough that I keep going back and forth about it writing about it. Monday is hearby declared “Meat of the Matter” day where we’ll be real and address such things.

First off, if you’re going to be late to a competition, don’t be surprised when people haven’t waited for you.  Cuz see, we were there on time. But if you have somehow talked the organizer into waiting for you, thereby making your fellow competitors circle in the air for an hour…in the rain…apologize. A simple sorry goes a long way.

At competitions, I don’t care what they are, be on your best behavior. Say please. Say thank you. There’s a whole lot of people who help throw events that have no stake in it’s success or failure, they’re just helpful people. At the Wisconsin Highland Games, there were so many helpful people who were also cheering on the athletes that to NOT say thank you each time they helped YOU, would be dick. Don’t be dick.

Pay attention. When competing and your name is called, be ready to go. Again, especially if it’s raining. All day. Of course, if you’ve had an unexpected emergency, we’ll understand. If you’ve felt the need to run  off, or go hang somewhere else, than you’ve just forfeited your turn. Thanks for playing. Goodbye.

Show respect. If you can’t, fake it. Chances are, most competitions will have someone in the line up who has been doing “this” (“this” being whatever you happen to be doing that day) for a while. So if they give a quick tutorial on how have the best success at a new event, pay attention. If you don’t want to pay attention, fake it. If you’re expected to mark a throw, don’t take your eyes off the mark because you deem yourself too important for such a menial task. Again, don’t be dick.

Lastly, in almost all cases of competition, we are someone’s guests. Whether outside or in a gym, be gracious. Use your manners. Clean up after yourself. Conduct yourself as if you’re at a studio apartment party and to be an ass would be so noticeably erroneous that you wouldn’t even consider it.

Think Big, think positive. Never show any sign of weakness. Always go for the throat. Buy low, sell high. Fear…that’s the other guys problem.

Louis Winthorpe III

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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