Monday Bacon: Again

I wasn’t watching a lot of the French Open due to timing and no longer having the Tennis Channel but I follow enough sports on the Fb and the Twitter to hear that Serena Williwams was kicking ass all over croissantville. I finally got a chance to watch her semi final match which, in 46 minutes, wasn’t much of a match.

I was a bit concerned about her finals match against Maria Sharapova. They have enough history to know that Sharapova is tenacious, even when she’s seemingly down and out. Since I had a busy Saturday morning and things to do around the house after, we taped the match to watch after lunch. I stayed off the FB and off the Tweets to ensure that I didn’t get wind of the winner.

After last year’s first round sayonara, her win was a great comback. Honestly, this entire last year has been a great comeback. Mental toughness, she haz it. It was a great match and in no way did Serena walk away with the title. Sharapova made sure she worked hard for it and it was fun to watch.

Congrats also to Rafael Nadal who won his 8th French Open title. He’s also come back from major injury (and  five hour match on Friday) to win.

His was also a great match and though he comes off very humble and sweet at match end interviews, his game face is a good one. All work, play later.

If you’re an Olympic champion then they have to wait four more years to get you again.

Usain Bolt

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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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