Monday Bacon: Step Together Step

Pilots and Dancers

Words cannot adequately describe how incredible the last 72 hours of life has been. From the moment the kids arrived on Thursday afternoon up until we finished laughing about a few funny moments about the party with Matt’s folks last night, it was amazing. I think the words that best identify my frame of mind right now would be Exquisite Exhaustion. I’m so tired I can barely focus and it was 100% worth it.

When I’m more able to just recognize basic shapes, I’ll tell you more. But for now, the phrase, “Step together step” is all I can keep thinking about. See, when you work the equation of Hawaiian singers and dancers PLUS a group of ProStrongman, Highland Games athletes, and other athletes, it can only add up to an awesome hula dance lesson. (Yes, we have video, hang on a minute.)

Malia, Angel, and Greg of Ocean’s Three entertained us from the moment we walked into the door until we left. They were incredible. The singing was some of the most beautiful I’d ever heard and Malia’s wedding song dance made me cry.  When Angel demonstrated the motions for the boys, Malia walked them through it. It was awesome. “Throw your net!” “Cast your fishing pole!” and everyone’s favorite “From the hips“, etc. But between it all, there was always the Step together step. 

The step together step kept the rhythm, kept pace, kept the guys on track, brought the dance back to the ground when it started hitting the rails. Step together step. All I can think of is how this is a perfect tone for our marriage, step together step. Bring us back to walking together in difficult times.  Step together step. When we get caught up in life, competition, work…step together step.

I’m hoping we keep this simple mantra throughout life, step together step. I think we’ll be okay if we can.

Special thanks to the guys who were good sports about getting out there and dancing, I know you’d be so sad about not being able to see how awesome you all were, so here you go!

Matt, you may kiss your bride. And if you’re lucky, she’ll kiss you back.


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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1 Response to Monday Bacon: Step Together Step

  1. It was an amazing day! Thank-you for inviting us to be a part of your celebration. Have fun in Budapest! Love you!

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