Friday Jams

This weeks Friday Jams are dedicated to two people.

My French friend V who continues her battle for health with strength; beauty; grace; a positive attitude; sexiness; fantastic wigs; a great accent; and the love of hundreds, probably more. I am honored to be her friend. I am humbled by her courage.


My brother Jerry. I could write pages and pages on how incredible he is but I’ll have to condense this to the last year. He just celebrated a very big milestone. Without giving personal details,  he has quietly fought, and scraped, and battled with very little  accolades and atta’boys. What does he have to show for it? The ability to look himself in the mirror and see a man who’s children can be thankful and proud of; who’s friends can admire; and who’s sister is so incredibly proud of him there are no words to adequately describe.  Congratulations big brother. You ‘da Man.

Foo Fighters: My Hero.

Enjoy the weekend.

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds  the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. 

Christopher Reeve

Training Log

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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