Sand Wars

Now that I’ve been here a whole year, I get to start hitting some events and call it the ‘annual’ X. This weekend is one of my favorites. It’s time for the third annual (my second) Battle at the Beach on the shores of Lake Michigan at the Bradford Beach Pavillion.

ProStrongman Sam McMahon puts on a hellava show. Fo sho! Even though this is an amateur event, the weights are heavier than some pro shows I’ve seen. He has the best of the best from around the world competing and these men will have to work their hardest for each step and every rep. The $4000 in prize money ensures these guys will indeed battle to the end in every event. I can’t wait!

Sam is up front with the competitors as to what to expect and what is expected of them, I like that. They must too since one of the Strongman posted on the Fb how appreciative he was of the direct communication. I thought that was cool.

2011 Arnold Strongman Classic winner and 2011 World’s Strongest Man, Brian Shaw, will be in the house (so to speak) smoozing with the crowd and just being his 6’8″ awesome self. Matt has joked before about HIM feeling dainty around Brian so I’m looking forward to meeting him.  Willie Wessels of North American Strongman corp. will again be announcing and I’ll be selling some of their awesome shirts and gear. So come buy some swag, YO!

There will be few things better to do on a Saturday than sit on a beach and watch Strongman. There is no attendance fee, just put on your rubba slippas and grab your beach chair. And don’t forget about one of the best parts of the day…

Beach Bar Beers!!!!

What use is an unloaded gun?

Tony Soprano

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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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