Goin’ Shootin’

One of the coolest things about living in Texas are the people you meet and decide to hang with. Heath and Janet are two of the kindest and funniest rednecks you’ll ever love. After a few months in Wichita Falls, they invited Oz and I over to shoot guns. SRSLY? Yup, cuz that’s what you do in Texas. Cool beans.

Two facts became apparent immediately. One, I suck at shooting. Two, Oz does not.

His first shot was just off the Bullseye.  I barely hit the red dot with the 12 gauge. Huh.

Before we headed back north, Heath and Janet invited us over for one last shootout along with their old (my new) friend Veronique. I met Veronique at WFAC and quickly warmed to her French accent, her French humor, and her French cooking (seriously, she made me rabbit stew. It was amazing!)

Both Janet and V have had challenges this last year. They have taught me so much and I’m beyond thankful for them. They’ve given me perspective; they’ve shown me that it’s possible to accept what life throws your way without letting it beat you down; and they’ve taught me how to laugh in spite of rough times. They also taught me that YOU NEVER STOP SQUATTING. No matter what. If you want to know about two baddass Texas chicks (one with a French flair), look no further. These ladies set the pace. That they offer friendships free and clear of conditions and other bullshit that usually comes with girlfriends is the frosting on the meatloaf.

I’m looking forward to our next shoot out.

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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