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.


update for blog

So I nearly bought the farm today at the gym. It was that workout that I knew was coming when I started dieting, the one that just totally kills you. It was hams and grip day, starting with deadlifts, which I was set to do 450 for 3. I am around 194 now and I had only eaten about 600 calories during the day before hitting the gym around 2pm. So needless to say, I was fucking tired and very sore from my leg workout the day before. (also I already did a cardio circuit earlier today)

I knew there was no way I was gonna be able to use my regular deadlift form. So I knew I had to switch to sumo, which I never use. Somehow this form allowed me to pull 450 for 3, it was a struggle but I was able to blast through all 3 reps with minimum hitching.

The payoff to all this is that I am lifting almost as heavy as I was almost 40lb heavier! This is a huge deal because last time I was dieting my strength literally hit bottom, I could barely bench 225 for 1. The two main changes I have made in my workout/diet prep are; 1) I have been doing more circuit cardio, doing cardio in the a.m. long before working out that day, and doing less periods of cardio longer than 30 mins. 2) I have given myself a day in the middle of the week, generally Wednesday where I do a mini carb load. This consists of increasing my calories from around 1700 to 2200-2400. From doing this I have felt a lot more energized throughout the week, and feel far less week than last year.

This prep seems to be going very well. I am losing weight at a steady and consistent pace, my strength is still solid, and my mood is better because my dieting is a little more flexible. Also from what I can see my muscles look much fuller, my pumps are way better, and overall I seem to have put on a noticeable amount of muscle in the off season.

What excites me is not necessarily just the prep for the upcoming contests is going well, but the idea that if I can maintain my strength that after the contest once I begin bulking again, my strength is going to explode! (well at least that is the plan). If this training/diet plan continues to be as successful as it has been, I am very excited about competition and looking forward to trying to win the overall in my weight division.

Posted by: Stephen Cyr