​Head Coach and Next Level founder Christian Matyi – a/k/a "XN" – gives notoriously complex answers to even the most simple of questions.  He'd always rather you "think more" than "know more." So you can only imagine what'll happen when there wasn't any question even asked . . . 

You never know what his many years of coaching will inspire him to claim as "relevant" to your progress. 


Don't drop heavy dumbells means don't pick them up.

Drop your weights, management kicks you out.  A lot of gyms got that policy.  Question is: what constitutes a real "drop?"  And is the effort to maintain order or to ostracize selectively?

Today at a place in Massachusetts, a massive bodybuilder guy (we're talking freakshow massive), got booted from the Abington Athletic Club for putting down the dumbells with a thud.  We're talking revocation of membership.  

Chris Pantano has a head buried somewhere in that muddle.

Now, the guy can clearly handle the weights, but there are few ways to put down such heavy objects without SOME noise.  The question is: if gyms expect items to be put down "gingerly," perhaps they should reconsider having these weights – the kinds of weights that attract those of a certain, how shall we say, "demeanor."

The guy was Chris Pantano, a young competitive bodybuilder who is in that "freakish size beyond all else" hypnosis track.  His appearance will make anyone take note: something is about to happen here . . . but depending on whether you appreciate  these blown-up guys or utterly despise them is where you'll fall on this issue.  

Myself, I am not a personal advocate for the "lifestyle" chosen by the superfreaks. However, the air of competition, excitement and intensity they add to an environment of work is unmistakable.  It is a benefit to the down pull; the silver lining on the cloud. And if I expect a gym to motivate it's community to hard work and goals, I have to embrace their presence, not try to corral them out of the scenario.  

Does this look like a guy who can't manage heavy weights properly?

If a gym has weights that guys like Mr. Pantano like, then they should probably also use a little common sense in their rules enforcement.  In all likelihood, the real reason for Chris' revocation of membership probably had more to do with his appearance and aggressive attitude than with his noise.  After all, putting down a combined 240 lbs. "gingerly" is not an easy thing to do.

I personally think an even  responsibility ought be placed on the business that avails clients to these weights than rather solely  on the individual who can use them.  Like the superfreaks or not, if you grant them membership and avail them the tools they use, you ought to meet that agreement halfway.

Don't confuse my standpoint with the idea that I want gyms to all convert to gorilla romper rooms.  However, I am always down on a business that promotes one way and then reacts with a contrary logic.  

I'd be curious what you think . . . ?