You Post It…You Own It


I got into an interesting little e-conversation a couple of weeks ago. A gym had posted pics of their daily doings and I made a simple little comment of, “SRSLY?” (The above pic isn’t what prompted it BTW…it’s just another example of stupid.) Well, someone decided to take offense to my five little letters and let me know about it. Never mind how utterly offensive all of their pictures are of “lifters” lifting with horrible form or videos of people committing barbell rape with a “coach” saying ‘NICE’ in the background.


The person told me I was mean. These people are just trying to better themselves each day and I should remain positive in my feedback. Hokay. I’m positive you’re a bunch of morons.

Look people, you want to post proof of your lack of coaching skills all over the interwebz, you’re going to have to own it. If all you want is positive feedback, send it to your mommy.  Or block me, cuz trolling you is all the fun I have some days.  It’s people like you who keep the couch thread alive, many thanks.

But no whining. You posted it…you own it.

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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2 Responses to You Post It…You Own It

  1. Beau says:

    I seen this go down on Facebook. Made me laugh when I seen your comment. It’s tough owning a CrossFit gym at times when this stuff is out there and I get lumped in with it.

    But I consider it worth it when 4 new people a week show up to start CrossFit and the get placed on a healthy dose of LBBS, DL, presses, bench and chins. Oh, and because they don’t know any better they think they are doing CrossFit. I concideration that winning.

    Are you still traveling for the SS Seminars? Think we have a few things in the works for the next year and another Seminar this spring in MD.

    • tosabarbell says:

      You guys run a great gym Beau, but you’re great coaches who’ve done the work to learn from some of the best and apply it. I saw the pics with Marty there, very cool!

      I’m not traveling with Rip’s crew anymore. Your seminar was one of the best in the 4+ years I coached with him. I’m glad I was a part of that one.


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