Monday Bacon: Game Face

For the record, I do not like my game face. It looks very crabby and I do something with my chin which causes me to look like a baby Shar Pei. Bleh. I’ve had some good yuks with my lifter Katy down in Texas about her game face. A normally cheery gal with a gallon sized smile, it all goes out the window on the platform…

One of my all time favorite game faces comes from weightlifter Melanie Roach…

I mean, srsly, you’re smack dab in the middle of a heavy clean and you’re still smiling? That’s talent. Bigg has a pretty focused game face but last year he said he wanted to be a bit more dialed in prior to the start of the competition which produced this introduction game face in Gibraltar…

Very Bullocky. Understanding a game face isn’t hard. We put it on during game time. Some are fierce, some are friendly, some are ugly *coughMEcough*.

I’ve come to appreciate body builder’s game faces these last few years. They are twisting and contracting and still need to make their face look soft and relaxed. What is, I believe, misunderstood in the world is that a complete picture like this…

…is a game face picture. These types of images usually follow when women or men rant that women don’t want to strength train and get big and bulky (cuz they’d turn out exactly like this right? Dumbasses.) Folks, this is a game face. These images, whether on stage or in a photo shoot, are not how these people look walking around in the world. Because we don’t walk around the world in our game face. They’ve trained, dieted, and dehydrated for this look and it quickly goes away after the competition. Duh.

Lidia Valentin Perez’s game face is one of the best. Fierce, but cool. That’s what I aim for and fail. Every time.

Show me a good and gracious loser and I’ll show you a failure.

Knute Rockne

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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