8 years ago, Obama was elected President. I didn’t vote for him. While Mccain was a weak candidate, I didn’t believe in the promises of Obama.

4 years ago, Obama was re-elected. Now, I DID believe that Romney would have made a good president and that Paul Ryan was a strong running mate. So I was disappointed when they lost.

But I was okay. I suffered in silence. Year after year, I watched the divisiveness of our country grow larger than the Grand Canyon and the miracle of the ACA has already started to crumble. But I held my tongue. I was ridiculed at a party this fall when the Trump bashing started and the only thing I said was, “I’ll be voting for Trump and I think we can find something far more interesting to talk about.” Seemed reasonable to me.

I’m sorry so many of my friends are disappointed in the election results. Believe me, I’ve felt your pain. I’ve felt your fear that this country is not going in the right direction. I didn’t post meme’s or vicious vitriol. I just put my head up and did my best to make my life, and those around me, okay.

I hope you can too. If not, well…you know. Heh.

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

Thomas Paine

About tosabarbell

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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