Dan made the mistake of going for a heavier log than he was training with. He gives it a valiant effort though, proving that he is learning that "building a very pretty body is very ugly business."
Dan continues to impress the team with proving that you can't underestimate the lean guy. Adapting to strength has been a slow process, but ten pounds up from last November, Dan is now handling the 50b yoke he was struggling with just a few months prior.
If Cory does it, Alex is soon to follow. Alex was never a strength competitor – UNTIL NOW. Amazing what he accomplishes when there are no mirrors . . .
The DarkLion team is hitting the Central Maine StrongMan in a few weeks.
Guy's gotta press. Gotta start somewhere.
Cory and our the DarkLion team are hitting the Central Maine Strongman in a few weeks. While we're all plenty strong, the game is also about skill. Lot's to perfect . . .
The team is already planning into 2016. This is a huge advancement of skills. To think 6 months ago they were still thinking in terms of weeks and months. Now they not only understand that how the work they do now will impact the future, they can even begin to forecast aspects of that progress and plan for contingencies.
DarkLion is growing up!
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!
If you're going to hit PPR a contest is the right time to do it. Today Jason is competing today in the USAPL Raw Collegiate Cup, and what is traditionally one of his worst lifts – his squat – was meanwhile his personal bet ever: 350lbs with excellent form.
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.
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.