Friday Jams: Bigger Than You

I’ve said enough on how I feel about friends and acquaintances on how their social media behavior since Trump’s election as President is viewed. People I love and admire have forwarded innuendo as fact; have taken one person’s words and completely rewired them to their own “fitting” protest; have spent their energy spewing hate against people and beliefs that have never done the same to them. All in the name of America. I guess I’ve said enough. I’ll never understand it, like I said the other day, welcome to my last 8 years. What I failed to say was this, while you are filled with fear as to what direction your country is going in, you may be right. I have seen the direction of this country go to where we are today. Where high school girls are beaten for saying how they voted and just one girl came to help. Where we have given all control over to the media who have been proven to be liars over and over. Where the longstanding corruption; lies; murder; rape, and harrasment of rape victims of one couple isn’t bad enough to stop pretending we’re offended by one candidate’s ‘hot mike’ comment 11 years ago. He apologized and moved on. Make sure you don’t do the same.

And now I need to do the same, move on. My disappointment will ebb. Always does.

On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918 a cessation of hostilities was declared.

Let’s do the same. Because this moment is bigger than you and your social media smears. Come on, we have about 30 minutes. Gather around the flag pole in your mind and grasp hands with all those who you vehemently have disagreed with this week and look up. Come together in thanks to each and every person whose time and lives were given so that we can be so divided in the first place.

30 minutes.

American veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world.

John Doolittle

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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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