A gym trend that seems logical may actually be encouraging the same psychological stress it is intended to solve.Read More
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We will not discriminate. (Although we will often poke fun.)
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.Read More
We have no idea what is going on in this video, but when we Snooped it we realized it is basically awesome.
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.
Our resource and amazing athlete Seth Carbonneau had his first ever workout at the legendary Muscle Beach today.
Those who get it know nothing more need be stated. Coolness officially Snooped.
Those who don't get it . . . well, keep lifting, kid.
Be sure to read what was inspired by the death of first-ever Mr. Olympia winner Larry Scott, which is way better than our Snoop of the news. He died on March 8, 2014 at age 75 due to Alzheimer's disease, which he was diagnosed in 2010.
In 1963 Mr. Scott became the first bodybuilder to win the title that sits at the center of muscle culture's media propaganda machine, the Mr. Olympia. While it is arguable that the Mr. O is a title decided more by industry than by sport, it is nonetheless a very competitive and challenging title to achieve, even way back at it's inauguration.
Larry Scott had a long carer associated with bodybuilding and training, and was considered a legend among those very familiar with the sport. He had a few bit roles in campy movies of the 60's, most memorably in the cult flick Muscle Beach Party. Mr. Scott was iconic let the world some of the most memorable and inspirational imagery of the artistry of muscular physiques.
Thank you Mr. Scott, Mr. Olympia. You will be missed, but may your legacy live on!
We Snooped this incredible video of the amazing bodybuilder, 70-year old Sam "Sonny" Bryant Jr. off of (arguably also amazing) drug-free bodybuilder Matt Young.
The dude in the video is 70 years old. And looks better than most guys look in their late 20's. And he competes in drug-free bodybuilding contest. Where he also beats dudes in their 20's. Let us now all recount our excuses and have ourselves a moment of personal shame . . .
Good, because this guy proves one of The Next Level's coaching foundations: specifically that the best bodybuilder are not the best lifters; they are the best healers. Let's repeat that so it can REALLY sink in:
THE BEST BODYBUILDERS ARE THE BEST HEALERS.
The idea that bodybuilding is a "fountain go youth" comes from the ideas that the art and science of bodybuilding philosophically revolve around the principle of adaptive healing after gradually increasing damage. And growing old is a "gradually increasing damage" to the body. Which is why men like Sam Bryant Jr. still compete in bodybuilding at 70 – and still kick ass.
This is one edge that bodybuilders will have if they are smart in their craft. So Mr. Bryant's example is not only a marvel, but an education. mastering how the body heals itself on a day to day basis, of your own abilities, is what gives a bodybuilder longevity not only in his sport, but apparently in his life! (Side rant: we'd like to see guys on pharmaceuticals and 'roids try this stunt! After all, merely healing the body's own healing energies is not the same as developing and adapting a body that heals efficiently on it's own. In fact, it retards this adaptation.)
But most of all, if a dude who's 70 can look this good in micro-spandex, well, then that is clearly an argument both in favor of having some fun with how you dress, as well as just how that kinda look really is for those who worked decades to achieve it.
I think we found a new bodybuilding hero.
It's Friday. It's summertime. So no heavy snoops today. Instead, we came across (by accident, if you can believe that) a classic episode of The Monkees which guest-starred a young Dave Draper. The Blond Bomber wasn't cut out for comedy, but let's just say his prize-winning physique gets lots of ridiculous airtime.
It's also interesting toi see how little has changed about the "fitness industry" in the past 50 years. Just as with today, looks like it was pretty common to have trainers who "win" their clients through intimidation. How little things have changed.
Besides, it's the Monkees; what's not to like?
Bonus: The episode's name is "Physique Culture." Sound familiar . . . ? PhysiQulture . . . ? Oh, skip it – just have a laugh.
This is one of those pics that says a thousand words. I'll try to limit it myself.
It was posted by the guys over at Heavy Athletics Nutrition. Not sure where they got it, but man did it grab a lot of attention!.
It's awesomeness is on so many levels. it captures the essence of how lifting and bodybuilding used to be the same sport. And also captures how the whole aggro, hard-ass, stroic gym douchebag thing is a new phenomenon; these guys are downright pleasant looking. (Well maybe not the beard guy.)
Also, guys, here's proof that a solid set of wheels is reason enough to wear shorts above the calf. (When did gym shorts become clam diggers anyway?)