Keep In Mind…

A few years ago, I drove the Oz man up north from Texas to spend the summer with his Pa in Minnesota. We took a different route this time so I could spend the weekend with my BFF from forever in Columbia, Missouri. This was the first time we took this route so the unfamiliar roads were a far cry from the oft traveled 35W North. We were somewhere in the middle of nowhere, Missouri when I noticed tons of garbage and debris on both sides of the Highway. I thought, ‘Geez people, take some pride in your land. Clean up.’ And away I went.

A while down the road it hit me, I just went through the outskirts of Joplin weeks after their devastating tornado. I’MaBitch. Fact.

I felt horrible. It was a life lesson in that no matter how busy or stressful my little life is, I need to keep in mind what’s going on around me.

Yesterday was another reminder. So while I sit here and stress about everything that is fairly easy and rewarding to find solutions for, there are others who’s solutions are far, far away.

We’ll keep those folks on our minds today while we appreciate that many of our problems aren’t quite so mountainous.

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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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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