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.

IMAGE: Will's bodybuilding gains him his first foray into modeling

The network of The Next Level and the PhysiQulture Collaborative has helped many athletes bring their physique work to the world of modeling.  Recently, bodybuilder and strongman Will Pirelli (The Beast, Spring '12) had his first chance to work as a model for Dazed, a hip, urban style website based out of New York.  

His job?  Modeling a gigantic utility bag.  The concept was to show that this bag is good for anyone – even a muscle dude who wants to tote a chick!  (Yes, he is literally holding a woman up with one arm in this shoot!)

You can see his work here.

Great work Will!  We're sure more is to come!

BODYBUILDER/STRONGMAN Phil Biondo In Television Commercial

While Phil Biondo (The Beast, Advancement) has moved on from the ranks of the Next Level, he nonetheless remains in close contact and consultation with the program via The PhysiQulture Collaborative network.  Yet at the twilight of his long tenure with the Next Level he nailed one last accomplishment: staring as "Unnamed Jock Buddy #1" in a local Vermont public service television commercial.

The commercial was for drunk driving, and airs frequently on local Vermont cable channels.  While his acting and modeling are now an adjunct to his passion for bodybuilding, his love of performance in bodybuilding helped him logically transition to this start in acting.  

Plus, he plays the "bad influence" friend.  Which is always cool.

Bodybuilder Markus Ricci on Two Magazine Covers For Feb 2014

The Cover of DNA Magazine, February 2014

Next Level alumnus Markus Ricci is a bodybuilder first.  But he is also a model.  

The ranks of bodybuilding are filled with starstruck, hopeful young men who think they will someday be "discovered" and put in magazines.  The sad truth is only a small percentage ever are.  Muscular guys with terrific bodies are dime a dozen in the modeling world, and not a few dreams are quickly squelched when the reality of the file settles in.

Yet Markus has drive and talent beyond the average bodybuilder – not to mention some mind-boggling genetics on his side.  He has parlayed his love of bodybuilding to a successful modeling carer.

This past February 2014 Markus landed himself on the cover of two national magazines.  The cover is really the highest magazine achievement, and it looks like Markus's lot of bodybuilding has helps him pave his way to grab accomplishments off the stage.

Nice work, Markus.

From Markus' photo shoot in the February 2014 DNA MAgazine.

The cover of Wire Magazine, February 2014.

The cover of Wire Magazine, February 2014.

Adam Roc Rose Models For First Book Cover

The book jacket for "Finally Home."

Some bodybuilders just have "it."  Other bodybuilders work their asses off for "it."  

Working is what Next Level alumni Adam Roc Rose (United, 2010 and Shadow, 2011) has been doing for the past 2 years.  Adam has parlayed his excellent bodybuilding work to modeling, and has recently hit a new milestone in his efforts: his first book cover.  

Adam's philosophy is to keep his range wide, his sense of humor sharp and crate opportunity for himself through hard work.  And that is what has landed him the work.

Being a bodybuilder, it should come as no surprise that it is the cover of a romance novel.  The book, "Finally Home" by Ann Vaughn, was released in early March 2014.