Friday Jams: J/K

I heard this song in Minneapolis last week when I was there for the Oz man’s district Championship game. They lost, the only loss of the season. Oz was pretty upset…


…j/k. He had a blast this year. It was cold, very very cold. So grabbing this picture with him while he was hot stepping it to the warm bus was my one shot.

Anyways. The music. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Kongos hit ‘Come with me now.’ Sure I love a good accordion in popular music so that was fun but then the radio played it on every station on the hour, every hour. Blech. Now I guess that I haven’t heard it in a while, I’m enjoying it more.

But “I’m Only Joking” has this beat change throughout the song that’s a lot of fun. It’s challenging and not music city regurgitative bullshit. Sure, it’s a couple years old. Don’t care. It’s my new favorite and has a freaky video to go along with it. Cool.

Enjoy the weekend.

The Kongos, I’m Only Joking.

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

Bob Marley

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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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