Friday Jams

Madge turns 55 today and she’s still rockin’ it. This was one of the videos that launched a career; a fashion trend; and many parents wondering what their world has come to that their kids listen to this crap. (Ok, that may have been just my parents.)

Hear how high her voice is? Funny. Say what you want, she’s aged well. I thought she kicked Superbowl arse two years ago (at least she didn’t cause a power outage anyway.)  She owns who she is, weirdness and all, and seems content to just live her life. Her way. Respect.

So Happy Birthday Madonna. Thanks for the music.

Best of luck also to the World’s Strongest as they begin competition over in China. The updates from Lauren Hollands have been hilarious and she’s included some very nice pictures over the last few days. Strength and health to her man, Terry;  our pal Loz; Z (my fav); our local fav Brian Shaw; our Hungarian favorite, Akos; and the rest of the men. And for dogsakes, some one bring something normal for Lauren to eat. She’s starving over there. Heh.

Enjoy the Weekend.

I never had a rivalry with Madonna. You don’t knock another sister; ever. There’s room for everybody on this planet; you don’t have to be like anyone else.

Cyndi Lauper

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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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