​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. 


Your gains are not your gym's snow day priority.

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.

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The Dot & Mr. Miller: Maybe The Steroid-Free Guys Really ARE Steroid-Free

Watch this video.  The workshop wasn't trying to prove anything.  We weren't even taking a hard agenda that "steroids are wrong" or "bodybuilding is full of liars."  We were merely discussing what makes something credible.  And that is a topic that so few of us in life ever really breach, much less any of us in bodybuilding. 

But that idea was at the center of a recent meeting of the Next Level's Spring 2015 team.  And at the epicenter of the discussion was guy named named Doug Miller.  

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The loss of some good bullshit: bodybuilder Mike Matarazzo dead

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.  

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The misuse of the word "aesthetics" is an aesthetic, brah. Sorry, Zyzz.

Barely-known, self-made, D-tier fitness celebrity Zyzz symbolizes the "permission" for guys to fuck up via their ego-masturbation and get away with it.  So why has his name persisted, even if only in small circles?

On the third anniversary of this guy's death due to excesses in partying and pride, the 22-year-old persists as an internet subculture meme and an iconic figure many young hopefuls admire – or "mire," as he termed it.  Maybe it wasn't because he has a great body but rather because he represents an entry point into topics we usually are starving to discuss.

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