Game Day in 5, 4, 3…

I’ve been putting off admitting to myself that the season opener is less than a week away. It was distracting. I just needed to live, work, train, and throw. But the one handed count down begins today and it’s time to bring it in.

See, I get nervous. Really nervous. Before I threw at Enumclaw last July I was barely able to choke down a few bites of oatmeal and sausages and a cup of awesome Seattle coffee before we left the hotel. We had some drama brewing back at home between our new neighbors and our dogs sitter which was causing drama between me and Bigg. I honestly just wanted to go back to bed and forget about it all. I was almost shaking when we parked the car and started to unload the gear.

But then two things happened. First off, we happened to park right next to Kristi Scott and chatted with her a bit. Now if Kristi, who’s calm strong comes across in every soft spoken word she utters isn’t a bundle of nerves, then I don’t think I should be either. She had more on the line than me and she was fine. Lesson learned. The next thing that happened is we found this little guy…

I had a slight twinge of sadness for the little one who’s stroller our games minion probably fell out of but then grabbed hold and brought him along for the ride. I got checked in and started searching the perfect spot for his first photo shoot and we were off. Cuz finding that silly little evil minion reminded me that this throwing stuff is fun. First and foremost, it’s fun. We’re blessed to be able to travel around the globe, meet amazing people every time that quickly become friends, and just throw. It doesn’t lessen the hard work everyone has put in, it just pulls it into perspective.

So this off season as I trained and ran drills indoors I kept my focus on the now and not this far away competition that will kick off the 2014 season that happened to be the first time us ladies and amatuers throw at the Arnold. But now it’s time to let it in. Feel the nerves and let them go. Be excited.

And have fun. Games day needs to be fun. I’ll have my Bigg guy, my games minion, my support staff (KCon and Little Con), and friends (old and new.) I hope to throw far. I hope not to embarrass myself. I hope to put drills into motion with releases. But at the end of the day, I hope to just take it all in and have an absolute blast. Let the countdown begin, we’re ready.

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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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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