Local Girl

I’ve admired Lindsey Vonn for a long time. First off, she’s a local girl. She spent the early years of her life in Minnesota and ski’d at Buck Hill in Burnsville. Since I’ve ski’d Buck Hill many times, I believe that makes me about .000000000010% as awesome as her since we’ve been on the same hills (not really.)

She is another example (Serena Williams, Ingrid Marcum, etc.) of a strong and beautiful female athlete. Her sport; however; is cray cray. I was a recreational downhill skiier so going AS FAST AS POSSIBLE was never my goal. Hers is and she is exceptional at it. So it was a little heart stopping this morning when this picture was on the news…

Vonn crashed during the Super G event in Austria, tearing her ACL and MCL and breaking her right tibia. She has a long recovery road ahead of her but that’s not the point. The point of this post is to remind you that a top American athlete has gone down and needs some strong thoughts from the world. So send them eh?

If you’re explaining, you’re losing.

Ronald Reagan

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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