How running into a half-naked muscle brute showing off on a city street might hold a secret lesson in transforming your world into a more tolerant place.Read More
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.
The American Sports Mythos is fucking up your gains.
Here's what you can ask yourself to keep your progress going further.
How should we regard a loss of identity? If you've ever owned an identity – like "competitive athlete" – you may not know what to do when you are no longer that thing.Read More
Great physiques are the privilege of great athletes.
Strength is said to be made in the gym.
Definition is said to be made in the kitchen.
But composition the advancement of either lies on the field.
The thrill of the commitment can be invigorating, but like any well, it can run dry. We mustn't keep trying to draw from it just because the first sip was so refreshing. If you want to "have it easy" and "just let it flow as it will," then you have to accept that it can flow right into the gutter.Read More
So many people talk to me with great concerns of winning. And I often respond flatly and simply, with: "Well, if everything goes well, and you do indeed win, so what? Then what?"
Smaller-minded people are quick hear this as me bashing the idea of winning. But because folks like us want to focus on improvement over time, it is apt to let this comment be the launching point for any plan you have that you want to succeed.
if success is a concern for you, please have a listen. And please leave comment below with your thoughts and responses!
PLEASE SHARE THIS TO ANY COMPETITORS YOU THINK MAY BENEFIT FROM IT.
AND PLEASE LEAVE COMMENTS BELOW!
Working out is neither a right nor a necessity. It is a leisure activity. Yet still, those of us who achieve enviable goals often slack on their human courtesy. In your eagerness to achieve your gains, are you losing social courtesy in the name of social regard?
After the record-breaking snows of Boston's Winter of '15, Coach XN looks at how the hubris of the deeply-commtted takes over regardless of harm to others.Read More
Why are you competing? No really, why? I mean, if you're not competing in a contest any time soon, this question may not seem to apply to you. Unless, of course, you're instead trying to get a better job. Or a good grade. Or jockey for attention of a mate. Yeah, most of us are kind of competing.Read More
Image is bullshit. Until it inspires. Then, even though the image is still bullshit, it becomes some really good bullshit. Recently deceased bodybuilder Mike Matarazzo's image was that kind of bullshit.Read More
The question was asked: is it the narcissistic who seek out bodybuilding? Or does bodybuilding create narcissists?
My answer: both and neither.
(No surprise there.)Read More