Your Good is Our Crappy.


But there’s protein right?

Generally speaking, I’m not fond of kitchy, glib sayings. Our Warm-up Is Your Workout. Good gawd, can you get any more douche? Did you know people actually wear t-shirts that say this? Srsly? Srsly. Jesus is the reason for the season, shut up. Christmas means different things to different people and putting a glib slogan to it is stupid. You’re just really not very clever. Dr. Seuss was clever, he rhymed with style..and characters that probably took an acid trip to create. Good on ‘im.

But I got to thinking the other day, if I WERE to create a stupid slogan, it would be Your good is our crappy. Yup. To all those people (like, 90% of non-training people I know), when you say you’re eating “good” it’s actually so crappy that even on a cheat day (which I don’t believe in doing), we still wouldn’t touch it. Sometimes “good” just means that your food only came from a drive-thru window half of the week instead of all of the week (I once had a client who had talked herself into that. That she only bought one drive-thru meal where she usually buys and eats two. Srsly.)  Sometimes “good” means that only one row of frozen thin mints were eaten instead of the whole box. (Don’t freeze your thin mints? My god what’s wrong with you. That is all kinds of delicious!)

“Good” is subjective. Meaning, if eating garbage all day, day in and day out, is normal to you then that one piece of real food you’re consuming doesn’t mean you’re having a “good” day, it means your diet is a chemical shit storm and the forecast is most likely more shit and that 1 ounce of real chicken isn’t going to make any kind of dent YO. Yuck.

This also applies to feeling “good.” Feeling ‘not sick’ is actually not the same as feeling “good.” Feeling strong with a headache is not the same as feeling weak with a headache. Strong allows you to cope and walk through life with less than ideal efficiency than a weaker, untrained person. This carries over to organs, connective tissue, etc. If you are putting demands on your body that your lack of muscular strength cannot support, your connective tissue is at risk. Duh. But we don’t think about that. We just think think about keeping our bodies as strong as possible as a whole through training and food and letting them do their thing.

In almost all cases, strong will function far better than weak. Even in disease. But where the only “disease” suffered is weakness and crappy food, ya, your best is our crappy.



Before you call yourself a Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, or any other theology, learn to be a human first.

Shannon L. Alder

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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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