Common Sense


…Wherefore, instead of gazing at each other with suspicious or doubtful curiosity, let each of us, hold out to his neighbour the hearty hand of friendship, and unite in drawing a line, which, like an act of oblivion shall bury in forgetfulness every former dissension. Let the names of Whig and Tory be extinct; and let none other be heard among us, than those of a good citizen, an open and resolute friend, and a virtuous supporter of the RIGHTS of MANKIND and of the FREE AND INDEPENDANT STATES OF AMERICA.

Our country is more divided than I have ever seen. Social media, a divisive news media and politicians have shaped our country to be neighbor against neighbor. It is unacceptable. We rail on each other on the Facebook about politics; lifting; ANYTHING we disagree with. We are willing to say horrible things that will exist forever on the internet. We take MEME’s and perceive them to be fact.

We are rediculous. We are playing into the hands of power hungry politicians whose only goal in life is to STAY IN POWER.

Stop it. Now. No one in Washington is going to ‘reach across the aisle.’ We need to do it. Little by little. Before we have so much hatred for each other we can’t turn back. What do you contribute? Even funny little George Takei has caused so much inflammatory overreaction that he is actually being taken seriously.

Stop it. Now. There is no happy ending for a country who allows others to make us hate each other.

I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of  the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

Thomas Jefferson

There, I guess King George will be able to read that.

John Hancock

We must all hang together, or assuredly we will all hang separately. 

Benjamin Franklin 

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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