Friday Jams

Last night, we headed down to the most recent of Milwaukee’s summer festival’s, Bastille Days. We met up with some friends, one who’s been training at tosabarbell, as they prepared for the Storming the Bastille 5k run. Heh.

While they ran (goofy people), we grabbed the non-runner in the group and went looking for French food…and wine. I’d been good all week and deserved wine.

Our new friend, Katie, was raving about the band that was playing the main stage. I’m Not a Pilot delivered. How can you go wrong when the lead cellist (no lead guitarist, the strings come in the form of a cello) is also lead chair for the Symphony Orchestra in town.

It was a beautiful evening with friends and good music. A perfect Milwaukee summer’s night. And a good reminder to myself to venture out of our little ‘tosa more often.

Enjoy the weekend.

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Berthold Auerbach

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.
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