ACHIEVERS

A blog featuring the competitive achievements of athletes from the Next Level and the PhysiQademy. It's our alumni, coaches and resource partners putting hteir experiences with our program into action and performing at their best.

BODYBUILDING: 2013 OCB Yankee Classic

Each year the "big summertime contest" for New England natural physique athletes is the OCB Yankee Classic.  The Next Level has brought competitors to this event frequently over the past ten years, with quite a few success stories.

This year we had four competitors in the event, three Next Level Team alumni and one PhysiQademy 103 level competitor:

The highlight of the day was seeing Stephen Cyr and Phil Biondo compete head-to-head for the overall Novice Class champion.  This would have been thrilling regardless – to have teammates competing for the top prize together – but there was a back story which makes it more compelling. A year ago, at the 2012 Yankee Classic, Stephen and Phil vowed to both win their respective Novice classes to get a chance to compete against one another in an overall title.   Obviously, they achieved their goal!  Once again, working together proves to be a better solution than isolation, which is why it remains such a stalwart foundation of The Next Level's coaching principles.

As a side note, Head Coach XN was invited to be the emcee for the awards and routine presentations.   

It was a profoundly proud day for everyone involved, and a great reinvigoration for the program moving forward into the Fall of '13. 

PHIL BIONDO • NOVICE "CLASS A"

STEPHEN CYR • NOVICE "CLASS B"

PHIL BIONDO • OPEN CLASS

STEPHEN CYR & PETER MUNOZ-BENNETT • OPEN CLASS

POSING ROUTINES & STAGE WALKS

STEPHEN CYR • POSING ROUTINE

HOLLY LINDGREN • STAGE WALK

PHILIP BIONDO • POSING ROUTINE

PETER MUNOZ-BENNETT • POSING ROUTINE

PHIL BIONDO versus STEPHEN CYR • NOVICE OVERALL

Steve-O and Phil both vowed at the 2012 OCB Yankee Classic to return in 2013 and both win their Novice Classes for a chance to go head to head for the Novice Overall.  By working together they made their dream come true.  

VICTORIOUS!