A blog by the Next Level  2013 Advancement Team.  

This blog provides the insight, in-jokes and inspiration of a team in action.  Each post is by a team member as their journey continues.  

In The Next Level, an "Advancement Team" is a team built of experienced athletes designed to "advance" the program.  The spring 2013 Advancement Team is comprised of eight men: Tom Keon, Phil Cohen, Stephen Cyr, Seth Carbonneau, Stephen Forgione. Phil Biondo, Yarza Winn and Chris Noonan.  

Each post represents only the views of it's poster, and is not intended as a reflection of the opinions, views or beliefs of any other teammate, the team as a whole or The Next Level.  

Follow these men as they make their marks on a small corner of history.


Progress post: can't chain Phil "The Ritual" Biondo

posted by Coach XN

This is what getting ready for a bodybuilding contest looks like.  Looks a lot like getting ready for a StrongMan contest, doesn't it?  Well, that's because THEY ARE ONE AND THE SAME for Phil.  Power builds shape.  Shape assists power.  Pays to hop the fence sometimes.

That's a 405 dead pull + over 120lbs. in chains (which make the pull harder as you go), which add up to . . . well, they add up to a shitload of weight.