These immigrants are probably just a little older than 38. Too bad they didn’t have the FB to bitch and moan about how hard it was to leave their home country, settle in a new one not speaking the language and building a life for themselves and their families and aging in the process.

It is a weekly occurrence when I pass over some silly person in their 30’s complaining about how old they feel. It is annoying enough for me to comment on, cuz, ya know…if I were in my 30’s I’d be storming castles and leaving a trail of dead in my wake. (**Writing ramped up for dramatical effect.)

Today’s inspirational came from some 38 year old dude I don’t know that was complaining about how destroyed his back is after so many years of squatting. First off, you’re 38. Even if you started squatting heavy before you were 18 (most likely squatting like a dickhead if you were taught form by your local high school football “coach”) you only have 20 years or so under the bar. That’s actually not a very long time. 20 years. See, when good S&C coaches teach someone to lift, we have the intentions that they’ll be lifting into their 80’s…or so. 60 years. 60 years is a long time to squat. And these folks will actually be feeling BETTER instead of used up at 38.

Second of all, if you hurt so bad from squats that you need to complain on the FB like a teenage girl or some attention whoring ice bucket dumper (don’t even get me started on that shit), then you’re either A) bone diseased in some way in which case you need to adjust your programming or 2. squatting like a dickhead. Obviously. Duh. But you’re a big strong guy so it couldn’t possibly be the fact that your form is atrocious. It couldn’t possibly be beneficial to go back to the basics and relearn a proper squat, right? (And no, I’m not talking about high bar/low bar. Good lord that argument is so fucking boring that I can’t believe people still argue it. I’d write about how boring it is but I’d be too bored when I’m writing. True story.)

Squats don’t hurt. Unless you’re at a meet and a girl and squatting 670 pounds at 168 pounds. Then it probably hurt a little. But  it’s at a meet. And you’re a girl. (Another boring as fok argument, geared v. raw. BORING! My girl Shawna put 670 pounds on her back…bent her knees and squatted down…then came back up. You squat 515 raw and that makes you better? No dick, it doesn’t.)


Shawna had a right to bitch about being sore. Oh, but she didn’t. She talked about how pumped she was for her best squat ever. But see, she’s in her 40’s so is beyond the “I’m in my 30’s and sooooo sore that I have to bitch and moan about it” phase.  (By the way, Congratulations Shawna!  You’re amazing!)

I think maybe if you ride bulls for 8 seconds you get to complain about how sore you are if you actually make it to your 30’s and are still riding. (I also think you’re crazy but that’s another post.) I think if  you’re a stunt man/woman you get to complain. I never see these guys complain but I think they’ve chosen paths that make you hurt, all the time.

Squatting? In your 30’s? STFU. Just stop and become another ‘merican couch potato cuz if you hurt this bad at 38? Just wait until 48…and 58…and 68. But maybe by then you’ll outgrow your need to attention whore about stupid stuff and just be thankful that you’re still squatting and contributing to society.


When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick.

George Burns

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For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to jep6095@gmail.com 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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