Friday Jams

I miss the creative genius that was Michael Jackson videos. They told a story; they had kick ass dancing in it; and they showcased the seriousness he had for his music that got lost at some point by his bizarre lifestyle. He was the consummate entertainer without screaming into a microphone and calling it music as his counterparts do these days.

Entertaining seems to be a bit of a lost art. Michael Jackson videos were made for us to enjoy.  To be entertained. I have yet to see a video in the last 5 years that can compare. Most now are made to showcase  former child celebrities asses.  It’s not music, it’s not even bad porn. It’s just noise with too much flabby skinny skin. How is that fun?


Enjoy your weekend. I will.  The Oz man has his first football game; I have an awesome bagpipe playing friend who’s made me a Caber I get to play with, and the Bigg guy is heading to Sweden and Finland which means I’ll have more One Star Jaloviina by next weekend. YeeHaw!

If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.

Michael Jackson

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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