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. 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. Juli has been coaching teams and athletes for over 20 years. She grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. She is a 2-time Master's Amercian Weightlifting Champion and holds six Master's American records. She is a Master's Weightlifting National Champion and holds three National records. She is a Master's Weightlifting World Championships Silver Medalist in 2016. Juli is also a Masters Highland Games World Champion and holds three World Records in the Braemar Stone; Heavy Weight for Distance, and Light Weight for Distance in the 45-49 class. Her 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe has honed her coaching skills to be a top choice for you to reach your strength and conditioning goals. Juli will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However; tosabarbell is also for those who just 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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