Friday Jams

We leave later today for Springfield, Illinois for my first Highlander of the year. As is usually the case before competition, I’m a bit nervous. It’s always better to just get started. The Piano Guys help.

As I’m writing this, the forecast for the day is 45 degrees with a chance of rain. Awesome. Cold and wet… again. Most of the day will be in a slightly enclosed coliseum, with a couple of the throws happening outside.

I’ll turn 46 on competition day. I’m pretty happy about that. Happy about growing older? Yup. Growing older is always better than the alternative. I can honestly say that in my youth, it wouldn’t have occurred to me that I’d be throwing in a Highland Games on my 46th birthday with my Pro Strongman and one of my children. I’m a pretty lucky girl…ah, lucky OLDER girl. Hee.

Enjoy the weekend.

The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.

Robert Frost

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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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