Magnificent

adams

Being newer to throwing than others, my admiration of New Zealander Valerie Adams has been short lived. As most people who know me know, Serena Williams is my favorite female athlete…mostly. She is aggressive; and cocky; and looks good doing her thang; and everything else I admire in an athlete. But a woman who is 6’4 and 265 and still holds those qualities?  Boss. Total. Fucking. Boss.

That she throws the shot put further than my light weight distance blows my mind.

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Also, that she is so unapologetically strong and powerful makes me admire her all the more. See, when stupid women say they don’t want to lift weights and get all big and bulky, there is a whole ‘nother subset of women who say not only will I OWN being big and bulky and strong and powerful and a world champion, I’ll actually train harder than any couch potato or skinny fat runner ever could. They are my heroes. If you don’t think THIS is beautiful it means you’re a silly person and no longer warranted an opinion.

But ya, okay. THIS, is bulky…

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…and unsightly.

But THIS…

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…is America.

Awesome.

You’re gonna eat lightnin’ and you’re gonna crap thunder!

Mickey

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For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. jep6095@gmail.com 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 of 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. Her 4 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. She is an active competitor in Weightlifting, receiving the Silver Medal in the 2016 World Master's Championship; is a Master's World Champion in Highland Games, and competes in Highlander Games. 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 Professional Strongman who competes regularly 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. Matt will host many Strongman Saturdays at tosabarbell which are sure to be followed by food. Lots of food. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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