Monday Bacon: Quickie

Bigg and I had a whirlwind visit to our meeting place, Wichita Falls Tx. We hit town around 11:30 p.m. Thursday and were back out by Saturday early evening. In that time, we…had breakfast with one of my pilots who is now an Instructor Pilot and thoughtful enough to send a very bad ass patch for the Oz man; from there I had to recover from the sugar crash of the syrup from my pancake which hit me much harder than I’d imagined due to my clean eating of late (MyBad!); had awesome visits with friends and ate at one of my favorite WF joints, Fuzzy’s Taco!

 We fit in a hockey game with the Godmother of hockey and her guy, had some amazing visits with a dear, dear friend of mine who is married to a very cool dude and we always have a great time when we’re together as couples; we ate good, relaxed, and had a blast.

We just happened to hit town during the Rider H.S. Powerlifting meet so we took some of that in too. My lifter, Katy, kicked arse even though she is nursing a knee injury from Volleyball season.

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She squatted a very solid 265# which is great for her first meet. I just couldn’t be more proud of her as a lifter, a senior in high school, and a very awesome chik. It was a great bonus to see her lift and spend a few moments with her. We also got to see Colton lift. Colton has been a WFAC regular for years and has developed into a very kick ass lifter. He takes strength training very seriously and is one of the hardest, most consistent workers in the gym I’ve ever seen. Here he is squatting 490#…

He hits his depth, and then some, even though he had to dehydrate and lose three pounds before weigh in. It was a great lift and lots of fun to watch.

All in all, it was a great weekend and I’m so thankful to spend it with my Bigg guy in between some work trips of his. It hit all of the high points of Wichita Falls and helped me to put away some of the stress I guess I held on to without realizing it of my time there.

But now it’s Monday which means it’s back to work! First…some bacon!

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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