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

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For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. 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. Juli has been coaching teams and athletes for over 20 years. She grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. She is a 2-time Master's Amercian Weightlifting Champion and holds six Master's American records. She is a Master's Weightlifting National Champion and holds three National records. She is a Master's Weightlifting World Championships Silver Medalist in 2016. Juli is also a Masters Highland Games World Champion and holds three World Records in the Braemar Stone; Heavy Weight for Distance, and Light Weight for Distance in the 45-49 class. Her 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe has honed her coaching skills to be a top choice for you to reach your strength and conditioning goals. Juli will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However; tosabarbell is also for those who just 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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