One thing I learned last weekend as I watched the Elite women throw was the moment an implement was underway, many of them would instantly break down the throw and either move or say (or both) what needs to happen on the next attempt. I liked it. The mechanics of the throws can be simple or complicated depending on who you’re asking and the top ladies kept things simple.

Speed, hips, knees, eyes, rhythm (you know I have to spell check that stupid word every time I use it?), release, pop, sprint, block and many more I’m not thinking of that were uttered on the field. But NOT ALL AT ONCE! See, one of the main problems I’ve had when getting help from well meaning folks who want to help a noob out is that at least five of these words are tossed out at once. This almost happened again a few weeks ago when I put my foot down and said, “Nope, I’m going to practice this one thing that was just given and makes sense to me. Thank you, but no.” The well meaning dood went on to say most people can process two or three cues and that he was the one who fixed me at a former games with the sheaf.

For the record, Jason Clevenger gave me the cue to “Pop” with the block. Jason. No one else. For the record.


One thing, mechanical breakdown, apply. I liked it.

Also, for anyone tempted to whine to an AD at a Highland Games, I liked this.

Enum Protests

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

Thomas Jefferson

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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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