Cheers was one of my favorite sitcoms. I thought it remained funny throughout the 11 years it was on air and honestly, I believe Kirstie Alley was one of the most beautiful and funny women on television. I told Bigg that when I moved to Wisconsin, I wanted us to find our own Cheers. Enter McBob’s. It’s just nice going into a place where people are familiar with you. Some know our names but there’s always a smile and a “Hey, is today the day you eat three Highlanders?” Heh.

When we arrived in Ruka, we didn’t intend to find our Finnish Cheers. It just happened. Our friendly Twin Peaks bartender, Emelee, and his counterpart who’s name we didn’t get greeted us with a big smile and a “Matt!” (He always gets remembered;) after our first time there.


The last time we stopped in was Sunday afternoon prior to getting on the bus back to the airport. Emelee was there with his smile as well as the bartender from the Mountain top bar I met on Friday during Bigg’s Iceman shoot. We literally walked right into a ‘Cheers’ situation where everyone knew our name (or at least Matt’s;) The bartender asked how his competition was and it was a great ending to an incredible weekend.

When I told our two bartenders I needed a picture, they wasted no time in making it fun…


Coach: What’s shakin’ Norm?

Norm: All four cheeks and a couple of chins, Coach.

Training Log

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. 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. Juli has been coaching teams and athletes for over 20 years. She grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. She is a 2-time Master's Amercian Weightlifting Champion and holds six Master's American records. She is a Master's Weightlifting National Champion and holds three National records. She is a Master's Weightlifting World Championships Silver Medalist in 2016. Juli is also a Masters Highland Games World Champion and holds three World Records in the Braemar Stone; Heavy Weight for Distance, and Light Weight for Distance in the 45-49 class. Her 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe has honed her coaching skills to be a top choice for you to reach your strength and conditioning goals. Juli will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However; tosabarbell is also for those who just 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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