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.


Belt for Maximum VIKING POWER!!!!

Posted by: Stephen Cyr

While I was at Global Strongman in NYC, Hans recommended that I use a softer belt under my normal belt for better support. After using it at the competition I noticed such a huge difference in comfort, warmth, and stability. I mean would I have lifted the same amount, most likely, but belt this certainly helped improve my comfort level for the whole competition.

When you are uncertain about some lift, or weights, having a great belt gives you that extra confidence you need to just go for it, and know that it will help prevent injuries.

Now for the best part....THIS BELT COST $22 DOLLARS!!!!!!!!!!! This is literally the cheapest piece of gear I have ever bought. It was money very well spent.

I bought the belt here, on Amazon; it's just a simple lumbar support by Mueller.

Basically, you use this belt under you leather belt, this way the belt doesn't cut into you or hurt, it gives you more flexibility because of this comfort, and it provides even more support because you are combining it with the regular belt.