THE SNOOP

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We will not discriminate.  (Although we will often poke fun.)

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Boston Next Step: Community-Driven action is the antidote for tragedy

We have a soft spot for any community who gathers out of common ideals of compassionate social good.  So we love the work of Lynn and Doug Julian, who created Boston Next Step, a community-driven organization committed to the ongoing recovery of survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013, as well as first-responders, friends and anyone affected by the tragedy.

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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.  

What all bodybuilders want to be when we grow up.

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 . . . 

Done?

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.

Kicking ass.  Showing young'uns how it's done.  

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.)

I think at 70 he's earned the right to rock the old school striped 80's  singlet.  

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.

HELL. YES.

This awesome footage of Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen was Snooped off a few pages, and if you watch it, you will see why.  Eloquent and yet with the intensity of a bucket of ice water splashed onto you, it's hard to not get all riled up with pride from Mr. Hansen's words.

In Head Coach XN's blog this week, he thanks Michael Sam for coming out, as being gay in a hyper-masculine sport is a journey XN has had to take for two decades.  So this editorial is apropos to the moment.

usually people stand and cheer for the sports.  This time, you'l cheer for the sportscaster.  Hell yes, Dale Hansen, you rock.  Hell yes.

A good guideline to tell how heavy you are "really" lifting.

There is lots of science thrown around about how to gauge whether you are lifting heavy.  But "heavy" is a subjective idea; what is heavy for one person may not be heavy for another.  it is something we feel, not something we can empirically label. While science can boast and brag about it's findings on heavy-lifting efficacy, in the end gauging the heaviness of a lift is a psychological idea, not a scientific one.

So, we loved when this flow-chart was found recently by Steven from the Spring '14 Team off of www.reddit/r/weightroom.   It rates heavy on a scale of 1 to 10, and then gives you a series of binary yes-or-no questions you can ask yourself after lifting to tell if you have truly lifted as heavy as you planned.

We'd now like to introduce the next amazing team.

The Spring '14 team has technically been working together since last October.  But now the team is ready to introduce themselves. They have not decided on their name yet, but will soon.

The team has chosen the first set of strength and bodybuilding contests towards which too focus their goals, and are beginning to work together on concepts and strategies.

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Seriously, some of the best work of Schwarzenegger's whole career.

Via this video of Arnold going "undercover" (sort of) at the world famous Gold's Gym in Venice, CA, the Snoop team has realized what the world of muscle culture has been lacking for a while:

MORE QUOTABLE ARNOLD LINES.

(In fact, please post your favorite line in the comments below!)

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