Friday Jams: Hurt

One of the worst things we go through, as parents, is to see our children hurt. Either through consequences of their own behavior; physical hurt, or emotional hurt in life. It breaks our hearts. To not be able to fix pain, it goes against everything we believe in as mom or dad.

Just below that “worst” is to see another parent in pain. Real pain. Not, ‘Oh I’m so sad my college aged student is going to college and no longer in the house.’ But, “I will never rub my child’s shoulder again. I will never tell them how proud I am that they are my child. They no longer walk this earth.” Real pain.

Both events are happening this weekend.

Hurt. Johnny Cash.

Because he always seems to nail it.

RIP Reno. I wish so many things in life but most of all, I wish for that moment back last Saturday. Most of all. YOU! ARE! SO! LOVED!


Jacob Reno, loved by so many. #callafriend

We do not have control, over many things in life and death but we do have control over the meaning we give it.

Nathalie Himmelrich

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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