I just don’t understand. What in the world has happened to our young men? Who ARE you people? Who has convinced you that dressing up (with the same sizes) as a pre-pubescent girl is OKAY???? WHO? Just tell me, you can send me a confidential note. I won’t rat you out. What I WILL do is have this conversation directly with the offenders.

First this; I took the Oz man shopping for some shorts since all of his are now too small. We started at Target and didn’t get far before I realized that the men’s and women’s sections are eerily similar.

Pink and baby blue slim fit shorts. W! T! F! The camo shorts; usually a must have in Oz’s closet; still didn’t pass his inspection after declaring them “too small, only skinny/weak kids can fit into that.” True story. You see, a 13 year old who is often asked why he’s so big knows the only good answer to that is ‘why you so small?’ He understands that real boys don’t wear slim fit. So Target is out since they’ve given up on American Men. Shame, that.

So I know I was already a little fired up on the topic of current “men’s wear” when I then ran into this article.

Yup, men’s lingerie. Please tell me this is a joke. Please? Have we just given up completely on the idea of big, strong, MANLY men? Godsakes people, draw the fucking line in the sand! A pillow fight with a man in a teddy? No girls. NO!

I cannot imagine what my Grandpa would have said to that. Men (heterosexual men) dressing up in lingerie? No. That’s not a real man. A real man is hairy; smells of sweat and soap; muscley; works hard; trains hard; eats lots; wears gym gear on most days when not at work; is a fair and responsible leader of his home and puts his girl on a pedestal. Fact. Or I’m just spoiled.

Try to put a teddy on this?

Another line up

I don’t think so.

It’s a very confusing era that we’re in.

Clint Eastwood

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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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