Friday Jams

Last Song of the Year…Echo Lake.

Which has made me think of wishes for the new year. I don’t do resolutions…obviously. I DO do goals. I have some big ones.

First, do everything I have control over to stay healthy. Deadlift for a strong back; eat for strength and anti-inflammation; train to stave off this aging thing that seems to happen each year . Throwing drills while the snow wins the whole “can I throw out in the cold without slipping on the ice and falling on my arse” deal. Sleep 7-8 hours a night. Lot’s of water…lot’s of wine.

Second, be patient in my ventures. Whatever they look like. Be it relationships; chaos; things not going as I’ve pictured; my throwing,  be patient. It is something I’ve always lacked.

I’ll get married…cuz why not?

3rd…understand I can’t do everything. I can’t be everywhere. I can’t do it all. I really want to. I’ve really expected myself to. But can’t. No one can. I’ll have great days and bad days but hopefully mostly good days. Good days are good. I’ll take ’em.

Next, I’ll keep learning. About Art, and Books, and Cars, and Dogs, and Food, and Drink, and Volunteering, and Training, and Throwing, and Loving, and Parenting, and Being. I’ll just keep learning.

Even more, I’ll let go. Of hurts; of disappointments; of others shitty energy; of stinkin’ thinkin’; of non productive people; of others silliness that I let creep into my life; of unrealistic expectations of not only others around me, but of myself.

What I’ll CONTINUE to do is…




Be silly

Make my Bigg man laugh

Pet my dogs




Experiment (with food, not drugs)




Watch hockey


Be thankful

Call Bullshit (see cuss)…on myself and others.

Appreciate my friends

Do the Mom thang

Compete hard

Cheer harder

Be spazzy on competition day

Smile when my man rubs his back on the door jam

Listen to my Oz man talk in his Russian accent

Be proud of my little girl’s hard work

Hope for my Zac

Visit with long lost friends

Make new friends

Appreciate each day.

Give me a firm spot on which to stand, and I shall move the earth.


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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2 Responses to Friday Jams

  1. Lifterly says:

    Good goals 🙂 Happy New Year Juli!

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