If you’ve had the opportunity to meet the Oz man, you’d understand that he’s pretty much the coolest dude, ever. This picture from a Michigan road trip years ago is a pretty good depiction of Oz. One of his favorite movies as a four year old was The Longest Day. If there’s war AND John Wayne, it’s thumbs up in his eyes.
My Oz has always marched to his own beat…
…which includes wearing his favorite bear ‘Forest’ on his head. He still does that. I don’t know why, you just don’t ask with Oscar.
There’s been a lot of “last times” as I’ve watched his pre-teen childhood go by lately. He stated that last fall was his “last trick or treating” and without even realizing it, his school Valentines party last year was THE last Valentine school party. It’s caused a few melancholy moments for this Ma but at the end of the day, I’m just so very thankful. For his health, his charm, and his love for bacon. SRSLY, he’s eating birthday bacon by the pound right now.
So Happy Birthday to our Oz man, we all look forward to seeing what the future holds for him and how he’ll kick it’s arse.
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
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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.