​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. 


Longevity practice leads to more gains.

With only three events out of five under his belt, it is still too early for Tom Keon to get cocky about winning the contest.  But it's hard not to be optimistic because, as of the time of this posting, Tom Keon (Wolfpack, Advancement '13) is currently in first at the Hudson Valley Showdown II StrongMan Contest.

This could lead to Tom's first-ever strength contest first place!

Say many things about me, but "cocky" will never be one of them.

Two years ago, Tom was struggling to lap a 200 lb. stone, and his pushpress was . . . how shall I put it?  Not impressive.  Now he is already becoming a leader in a single novice contest.  His secret?  Diligence and persistence and an ego which is always kept squarely in check.  Humility and focus are his weapons, and it has propelled him from "the skinny guy who lifts" to the Red Bull who dominates.  

No longer "the skinny guy who looks like he lifts a little."

As his coach, it makes me super proud to see what longevity in the sport can bring to even the most unlilkely guys.  Longevity has been a hallmark of my coaching for years; I believe that keeping an athlete focused on what can elongate their lifting career – even if it is sometimes "boring" or slow-moving – can produce far greater gains in the long run than will just trying to dominate the field right out of the gate.  Seeing Tom espouse graduated practices has begun paying off for him.  

I'll be sure to post his final results soon, but in the meantime I couldn't help but share some pride.