Eye on the Prize

I’ve seen a lot of hullabaloo in different venues of the webz lately by competitors of various strength sport talking about training for upcoming events. First off, it’s kinda cool that I have so many contacts that train and compete. Second off, it occurs to me that lots of peeps I know over compete. Ya know, those who are talking about their next competition in 8 or so weeks the very night that they’ve just PR’d all their lifts on the platform earlier in the day? Look people, you beating your body into the ground for a chance of glory every eight weeks will take you just so far. When I see that the nagging shoulder pain is worse and worse but you just “train through it” for the next comp I want to give you a V8 smack to the forehead. But that’s not my beef today. You silly people are on your own…for now.

My beef today are for those of you who are looking too FAR into the future. I’ve seen a lot of comments by throwers who are training NOW for the Master’s World Championships next September in Scotland. SEPTEMBER! 2014!!! Uhhhhhhh, that’s 11 months away and the season is just now coming to an end. We just got out of a 6-8 month season and you’re training now for 11 months away? I’ve seen comments about meets or Strongman events that are 6 months away and people are dialing in their tapers now. SRSLY? How about you CF’rs who begin training for next year’s games the day you got booted out of Regionals.

Look, I’m all for looking into the future. Ya know, here’s what worked for me last time; here’s what didn’t; here’s what drove me into the ground; here’s what didn’t; etc. and take those pointers into the next year. It’s called reflection and we’ve already talked about it. I’m all for researching other programs that have worked for people in similar circumstances and figuring out how to fit that in your life. It’s called preparation and should absolutely be part of your life if you’re a competing athlete.

But to say, “I’m training now for 11 months down the road” is silly. We’re not Olympians, we wear kilts and kick off our events day with a shot of scotch. Let’s take it down a notch, eh? Your golden egg is recovery, especially as a Masters competitors. Rest. Why are we so panicked to rest and recover. As if replenishing our bodies is time lost? Listen to those who’ve come before us who drove their bodies into the ground and have fought long and hard to find their way (usually post surgeries) back to training. Recover. Rest.

Eye on the prize people is not that competition, it’s a healthy and strong body ALLOWING us to kick arse in that competition. Focus!

I’m eagerly anticipating laying out next year’s throwing season…next year. There are some amazing opportunities for those of us in this fringe sport and I absolutely hope to be as prepared as possible for each and every one I’m lucky enough to be a part of. But now? Now I recover; condition; go to Lithuania; take walks; focus some time on the Snatch and Clean and Jerk which makes training fun. Stuff like that. Not everything has to be do or die in the gym today. It’s ok. We’ll all be ok.

Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.


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About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to jep6095@gmail.com 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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4 Responses to Eye on the Prize

  1. Lifterly says:

    “We’re not Olympians, we wear kilts” — Nice.

    Great post Juli. I needed to read this right now — my back injury started acting up just as I got into training for my next meet. coinkidink? likely not 😉

    Keep on being awesome.

  2. Mona says:

    Thanks Lady…

    I thought for a moment I was guilty of this, but I know I am just *thinking* about September~not training for it. I am thinking all I need to be training for is baking Christmas cookies.

    • tosabarbell says:

      We’ve got LOTS to do before September. This is more of a “settle down” instead of a “ya we know it’s there and when it’s time to lay out the season, hopefully we set it up to peak over there.” Ya?

      Xmas cookie training is intense, We start with the Halloween cookie warm ups and move into the next block in a few weeks;)

      Aloha my friend.

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