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.


Back in the Saddle Again...?!

posted by Stephen Cyr


After accomplishing what I set out to at the Maine strongman contest my training came to a halt. I took a week off from training following Maine, then it was a cold that came on, then a got a couple days in the next week, and I got sick again (gotta love when sick people sit next to you in class), and then I had finals for two weeks…and now I am here. I have put in a solid week of training and it feels great.

I’m back at the old Union (still trying to get out of my golds gym membership). Feels good to be back but it is tough. My strength has taken a solid hit, and I have lost close to 20lbs. Now the weight loss was intentional. I knew during finals I generally don’t eat much, so I figured I might as well get my diet going so I could at least keep eye on the bodybuilder ball.

It has been a tough couple months, some pretty big life changes have happened, a lot of business and time consumed, but now it is finally time to get back to doing what I love.


My first contest is gonna be the Yankee classic, July 20, 2013. That gives me exactly 59 days til contest time. I’m at 205 and am looking to be down to about 185-188 by the time of the contest, which is about a 2lb loss every week. I am going to do my best to take pictures every week so I can better document my progress this year.

This year my goal is definitely to win a novice class at any of the shows I do, with a secondary goal of having an epic posedown with my buddy Phil Biando for the overall novice title.

Also I really want the spring team to kill their contests. Everyone on the team has a ton of potential, and I want to see them kick ass at their first contests. I am hopefully I will be able to aid them in their contest prep, and if any of you are reading this and have questions feel free to send me a txt, facebook message, even a phone call (whatever those are). Steven Lee just shot me a message the other day, and it just got me pumped to diet and get into that mode again so keep it coming.


My major problem last years was peaking and getting my legs leaner. Hopefully the 798 stairs in my new apartment building will help in promoting shredded leg..and maybe gluts???

Also my peak always seems weak…? (yea it rhymes, what of it?) I seemed to go into a lot of contests last year looking worse than I did the week prior. After talking about it and doing some research, I believe that my body is better suited for a carb depleted state than carb loaded state. However, I think I am still searching for that sweet spot in between. What I am going to try to this year is do a less intense carb load the nights leading up to the contest, maybe add 50-100 grams more of carbs a day, but not go crazy like I did last year. Pounding carbs the night before seemed to get me kinda bloated, and also seemed to affect my skin tightness and ph balance.