In The Air

Some of the World’s strongest are sitting on airplanes right now on their way to China for the WSM 2013 contest that begins on Saturday. The communication coming out of China can be a bit spotty so those in the know have been making use of their last few hours of the Facebook. What we know so far…

Loz already misses Liz (they’re pretty much the cutest); Lauren Hollands forgot her electric fag so look out to those around her (she’s hilarious, I really would love to go for drinks with her); most of the Americans were on the same flight…hopefully not next to each other; due to Visa struggles this year so far, we’re just hoping Misha is on a plane; Callie Marunde Best has packed more shoes than clothes; Rob Oberst’s wife is joining him thanks to the (odd) generosity of donors; and the eerie silence coming out of Lithuania sets the tone for how Z approaches this contest. Heh.

The groups are set, some have arrived and bets can be placed. The qualification round kicks off on Saturday with the Super Yoke (good for Loz) and ends Tuesday with the Atlas Stones. Of course we have our favorites and will be paying close to Marunde-Muscle and Sugden Barbell forums for updates. I’m partial to Sugden because I read it in their British accents. Word.

Best of luck to all of the competitors, hopefully PR’s and intact tendons are plentiful.

The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.

Swami Vivekananda

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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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