In Reverse

SCL Holland is in the books. Zydrunas showed up for his first competition of the year…and won. It was a tight race and a great precursor to this weekend’s Europe’s Strongest Man contest. It was also one of the heaviest Champions League contest to date that even surprised a few of the regulars.

At one point, it got heavier. Zydrunas was second to last up in the truck pull. The whistle blew and off he went. But his start was surprisingly slow and he was struggling to get and keep the truck moving. Finally, Dutchie Jarno Hams (who was unable to compete due to injury) ran out and stopped the pull. Turns out the truck operator accidentally had the truck in reverse. IN REVERSE! And Zydrunas just kept pulling. THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is a champion.

When told that he could go again after Krzysztof Radzikowki, he nodded and went to sit and wait. No screaming; no temper tantrum; no throwing things at the judges or cussing them out. He just went and got ready to go again.

THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is a champion.

As I said, this weekend is Europe’s Strongest Man in Leeds. We want to wish everyone strong showings and hope for new World Records. Our friend Loz has worked hard to recover from a very intense hamstring injury to get ready for Saturday and we’ll be cheering for him from this side of the pond. Go get ’em Loz!!!

Everyday we should hear at least one little song, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s