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.


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…


…and unsightly.



…is America.


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


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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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