Redefine Strong

I have to admit, I’m a bit spoiled living with a Strongman. Even on his deload week, his weights are still more than any I’ve been around. On other weeks when he’s going for PR’s? Strong.

Then I stopped by Kirk Remer’s Winner’d Edge Sports Performance to drop off some Hawaiian Mauna Pua for the Strongman hanging around and watched Brian Shaw pull 905# for a double. I knew he was going to pull one but when he started setting up for his 2nd, I went “Uhhhhh, huh?’ 

It made me step back,  STRONG was just redefined. It was a moment.


He’s also as nice as everyone says he is. A good lesson to anyone coming up in the Strongman world who believes themselves to be too important to smooze. If he can, you can. If you’re in the area, make sure you come down to Bradford Beach on Saturday to meet Brian and watch some of the Strongest battle it out. Rain or shine, it’s going to be a good day!

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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