DARKLION TEAM BLOG

DarkLion's first experience with StrongMan training

Certain principles guide the Next Level coaching. Among them are the fact that training for strength is what yields better aesthetics, and that those who train for aesthetics are able to spot nuanced flaws that are otherwise masked while engaged in strength training.  Basically: the two marry far more synergistically than popular wisdom dictates.

So one of the coolest team projects is how Next Level teams build knowledge and competitive goals in BOTH arenas.  And DarkLion is no exception.  They just had their first taste of StrongMan training and the addictive thrill of the experience was just as powerful as it has been for all the teams prior to them.

And speaking of previous teams, another law of Next level participation is the idea of "pay it forward'; that whatever personal gains you make, find ways to pay those values forward, even if only gradually or in unexpected ways.  So once again the huge thanks to the amazing Team Guide and alumni Stephen Cyr (The Beast) is in order for stepping up and getting these guys on board with some heavy weights.  Likewise, this day saw the awesome return of bad-ass Team Resource Ryan Aruck (The Beast), whose aggressive stance and pointers motivates like few others.

But the hero for the day was one of our favorite Team Resources, the incomparable Seth Carbonneau, whose coaching philosophies and approach to educating always inspires athletes to greatness.  Seth brought his rational-yet-tough A-game to getting DarkLion up to speed.  The whole team thanks Seth over and over!

And likewise, thanks a ton to the amazing Titan Barbell gym owner Eric Dawson for letting us hold our workshop.  His community-focused vision and accessibility-driven stance makes the environment of this little training facility ideal for teams like DarkLion.  (The team AGGRESSIVELY recommends you rain at Titan as soon as possible!)

And the fires are lit.  More strength work to come for these guys, but we are definitely on our way!

Stephen describes his take on continental form to the guys on DarkLion.

Stephen describes his take on continental form to the guys on DarkLion.

Seth explains technique,

Seth explains technique,

 

Bobby gets the "big Log."

 

Alex wanted dynamic and power.  Alex gets dynamic and power.

Quite simply the heaviest thing Dan has ever lifted with his legs.  

 

Bobby manages the "heavy" yoke.

 
Some sort of atlas stone jawa.

Some sort of atlas stone jawa.

 
 

Alex closing in on his first contests.

Alex is nearly at his first contest, a dream he's hoped to accomplish for a long time.  he is going in with an eye to the future; he has a lot more competing planned, and this first one is just the "break in."  His prep has been remarkable.

On the left is what Alex used to think was "pretty close to competing."  That opinion was almost 8 months ago, and now he knows the pic on the right is more accurate tot hat claim.  Amazing what engaging the work can do to one's perspective!

On the left is what Alex used to think was "pretty close to competing."  That opinion was almost 8 months ago, and now he knows the pic on the right is more accurate tot hat claim.  Amazing what engaging the work can do to one's perspective!

Yup. We've arrived.

The Spring 2015 Next Level team has been going at it for a few months now, and are finally ready to begin showing the progress to the world. (That means you.)

It's a seven man team that is one of the most spirited The Next Level has ever seen. And they have some big goals. Theirs is the second team to call Northeastern University their homebase, and have several plans to expand not only onto Northeastern's campus, but in other meaningful ways around Boston.

Dan, Cory, David, Alex, Bobby, Nate, and Jason are also becoming quite goofy with one another — like every Next Level team.  their upcoming season holds a ton of promise because they have a ton of talent.

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