THE SNOOP

We're snooping your pages.  We're creeping your posts.  We're sharing your stuff.
We will not discriminate.  (Although we will often poke fun.)

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One picture that may prove your belief in bodybuilding's golden era was a hoax.

What you thought was a real bodybuilding history isn't.  It was a contrived and profitable invention of one very clever man.  This pic kinda shows what we mean.

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Consistent practices. Universal lessons.

What helps us make room or more love?  

We live in a culture which praises aggression and accomplishments that we "do for ourselves." Yet those who are consistent and disciplined in a practice are graced with the ability to also create more generosity, more temperance, and more good.

Today's Snoop came from J.R. Hitchcock, and alumnus from the remarkable Next Level team, Epic.  It's a bit of inspiration that echoes the sentiment from above in a simple, charming way.

Many of us have seen stories and tales of the remarkable Mrs. Shepherd, but we honestly don't think hers is an example that can be too often mentioned. It's hard not to admire the message her work sends about how external aesthetics can marry with internal grace in a way that not only is without conflict, but to the mutual benefit of both.  

This is how we all hoped bodybuilding would actually be like.

We have no idea what is going on in this video, but when we Snooped it we realized it is basically awesome.

Big trouble in the gym !!

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Posted by BOXHAUS on Saturday, March 28, 2015

Some satires of muscleheads are content to merely mock us from afar.  Other satires are a conglomerate of in-jokes.  But every once in a while someone achieves both comedy heights at once – and does it stone-cold, straight-up, deadpan serious.  

If you ever felt awesome while working out with weights, this video will be the nicest wink and nod you have gotten in a long time.

2015 Next Level bodybuilding & strength contest calendar released!

It's back!  Our annual comprehensive regional listing of competitions!

For 15 years, every year, the collaborators at The Next Level have compiled this list for teams. BOTH strength AND bodybuilding events from around New England into one consolidated list,

But, not being selfish, we began sharing our list last year with the public.  

At last!  For those of you who want to both talk the talk (bodybuilders) AND ALSO walk the walk (strength athletes) you got one stop to sort out your calendar.

One handy little aspect is how we offer brief review on the contests, to help you with selecting.  We know this will ruffle promoters feathers, giving our frank opinions, but who cares?  None of it is biting or unkind, though, just candid; the result of our 15 years of alumni attending shows and offering opinions from one team to the next.  

Of course, when it comes to promoters, their thinking is too often thus: unless you sing their praises they assume you are somehow against them.  Not true.  besides, we're giving them free promotion by including them on our list, so we call it even.  I guess the lesson is to remember that there is an active and strong community of competitive athletes who are always watching and assessing contests from outside the gaze of the leagues, and passing those opinions on to the next generation.

A SMALL SAMPLE:

The evolution of the muscle-guy satire: Anatomy Of Modern Lifting Bros

We have claimed many times here at The Snoop that the YouTube comedy duo Mike Tornabene and Gian Hunjan, (aka, "Mike & Gian") are among the sharpest satirists in America today. Recently, though, with their launch of self-sponsored sports supplements, their work has gotten a little too marketing-heavy, and some of the bite has softened in favor of pitch.  

Well, they prove to once again be smarter than the average meathead with their recent installment of Bro Science, starring their hilarious character Dom Mazetti.  Stephen Lee (Atlas) and Stephen Cyr (The Best) both Snooped this for us, and boy are we psyched!

What makes this installment great is how they are evolving Dom to keep with the times – and thus push the domain of their satire further.  They redefine the trend for "muscle bro," and in doing so erase the "us laughing at them" line. Their work often has it's brilliance in how no one gets left unscathed – including Dom himself – and this one is a return to form.  

Sorry strength guys: looks like you're just as goofy as your abs-loving, vanity-parading counterparts after all!

More muscle once again correlates with longer life.

Anecdotally speaking, the folks who include muscle-building exercise in their lifestyle – from bodybuilding to strength to simply progressive-gain weight lifting – will all claim to live longer, stay younger and feel happier.  But we live in a day and age that is crazed fore scientific backing; endless, repetitive accounts are somehow deemed invaluable to the average first-world perspective.  Unless there's schnazzy studies backing a claim, very one presumes it's hogwash. And so those accounts of long life from those us who lift big and get beefy – regardless of spanning at least 5,000 years of repetition – are disregarded.  

Fortunately, Science is gradually catching up to the simple reality that the most consistent accounts from humanity are, indeed, often believable. More and more studies are being applied to what us musclebound folks already "knew" and proving that – surprise, surprise! – our claims for longer life are actually dead on the mark.

Higher muscle mass showed a remarkably strong correlation with longevity.

Recently we Snooped a study posted by Scientific American that showed a strong correlation between muscle gain and longer (and presumably thus healthier) lives.  The traditional dominant form of assessing human health based on body composition factors – the classic "BMI," or body mass index – didn't really indicate longevity benefits.  You could had what doctors consensus is a "healthy BMI," yet this factor actually shows little correlation to long, healthy life.

However, higher muscle mass showed a remarkably strong correlation with longevity.  You're reading correctly: a study of 3,600 seniors hints that those who built muscle over the long run may live a longer run.  We have to say "may" live longer, because all the study showed was correlation.  Correlation between two factors does not show causation between them; just because the more muscle-developed lived longer does not mean their muscle-building was the cause.  

However, we at the Snoop have to hearken back to the consensus of the Humanities on this one, and presume the correlation is not merely a nifty coincidence.  Perhaps the repetitive claims over the millennia that bigger muscle mans longer life are not just hype.  

Editorial Bonus:

The study that suggests more muscle may lead to longer (and presumably healthier) lives compels, for us at The Next Level, a pro-bodybuilding argument which contrasts the religious use of exclusively CrossFit as one's primary mode of exercise.  You see, muscle-building slows up unless you intentionally try to continue the process.  While the dynamic/functional exercise movement (i.e., CrossFit) will certainly put some muscle on a person, there is a limit due to the sheer repetitiveness of the pursuit.  In other words, to get the real benefit of CrossFit, one must simultaneously also seek to at least push the agenda of muscle gain as well.  Just repetitive CrossFit alone is no better than just bodybuilding alone.