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.

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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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