Friday Jams

There are days where we just need a little Johnny Cash. This, is one of those days. Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire.

It’s a big weekend, lots of Highland Games officially kick off the 2014 season and I want to wish all the ladies out in Arizona at Women’s World Championships far throws and many smiles. Some of the strongest in the world are getting in one more rest day before the World’s Strongest Man contest kicks off tomorrow in L.A. We’ll be keeping an eye on the “unofficial” updates while throwing at the Shammies tomorrow in Springfield. We’re hoping for big things from our favs, Loz and Big Z and will be cheering for our Minnesota boy, Dave Ostlund as he storms into World’s for his Strongman comeback!! Go Dave!! Go Loz!! I’m also wishing Loz’s wife to be, Liz, to have an amazing time on her first trip to ‘Merica! If someone doesn’t take her to In’N’Out on her stay, I will take it as a personal ‘merica fail on all of you. (Ya, drama much?)

Enjoy your weekend!

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.

Johnny Cash

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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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