Breaking Muscle is an open platform for fitness professionals to share their knowledge of exercise, sport, fitness, health, and nutrition with athletes at all levels from around the world. This platform is meant to inform, inspire, and bring your message to the fitness world at large. The content published on Breaking Muscle will enable and educate athletes to increase proficiency and virtuosity in any athletic endeavor they choose to pursue.
Coaches Only is aimed fitness professionals and business owners. This area is intended to advance the conversation on best practices and theories for coach, athlete, and business development. The content of Coaches Only will serve to improve the professionalism of the industry, and contribute to the success of businesses and individual coaches alike.
We welcome contributions to either site from experienced coaches, trainers, fitness professionals, and industry experts. All submissions should be original, previously unpublished work, and follow the standards set forth in the Breaking Muscle Writer's Guide.
Topics of Interest
Breaking Muscle aims to inspire, inform, educate, and support athletes in all disciplines. Your contribution should add to the conversation on fitness in general, and educate the athlete on your topic in specific.
Most submissions are written, but we encourage raw, unedited, previously unpublished video submissions as appropriate. If you choose to submit video content, please provide at least a short written introduction to the topic as well.
We encourage submission of content in the following areas:
- Movement theory and technique
- Implement use demonstration
- Lifestyle and mindset
- Anatomy and physiology
- Sports psychology
- Mobility and recovery
- Principles of strength and conditioning
- Social trends
- Sport-specific topics
- Nutrition plans
- Nutrition science
- Fueling strategies for competition
- Eating for body composition change (i.e. fat loss or muscle gain)
- General physical preparation (GPP)
- Sport-specific training
- Job-specific training
- Bodyweight workouts and natural movement
- Olympic weightlifting plans
- Powerlifting plans
Submissions that include coverage and analysis of industry news or trends are highly encouraged. Submissions in this area should be timely, well-researched, and presented without bias.
Coaches Only is the place to improve the fitness industry as a whole, from the inside out. This is where we discuss and debate industry trends, business practices, coaching techniques, and more. We welcome submissions in the following areas:
- Research analysis
- Reviews of books, seminars, or certifications
- Opinion pieces on trends or events
- Shareable templates for business use, such as phone scripts, coach compensation plans, or pricing worksheets
- News items, such as upcoming industry events, educational opportunities, or emerging research
When composing your submission, write to as specific an audience as you can imagine. This will help make your piece cohesive and well-directed. Whether that audience is experienced powerlifting competitors, mud-run aficionados, or yoga newbies, you should use the appropriate tone, vocabulary, and dialectic.
Regardless of category or type of submission, the following guidelines apply.
Your writing should be in your own voice and with your own style, but should follow the grammatical and formatting recommendations of the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS). This is especially important for scholarly citations. Details are included in the Breaking Muscle Writer’s Guide.
Please do not send us formatted documents. Our content management system (CMS) requires that all formatting is stripped before text entry, so all of your work to make it look nice will be dropped anyway.
Stick to these basic formatting rules:
- Submit an approved file format. These include .doc, .docx, and .rtf for text submissions. Video, photo, and other submissions may be of any standard file type.
- Name your document with the title of your submission.
- Ensure paragraph settings are "single line spacing" and "do not add spaces between paragraphs."
- Include all photos/illustrations/videos separately, not embedded in the document
- Do not indent paragraphs.
- Use one space at the end of each sentence.
- Do not use bullet points or numbered lists. Just write out the list and our editors will format it properly.
- Use the serial comma.
- If you have formatting notes or URLs you would like us to include, use the comments function in Word, or include them parenthetically.
- If you cite research, use primary sources and include a list of references with your article.
Photos and Videos
All visual media should be produced in landscape orientation. Visual media should be of you, by you, or supplied with full use rights and appropriate attribution. Supply original files, not links. Photos should be at least 1800px wide and high quality. Video should be 720p or better.
All photos and videos to accompany your submission should be uploaded at the same time as your submission. Photos should be sharp with an uncluttered background. Upload the highest quality files you have. All videos must be sent through as video files, not links to videos.
Our expectation is that anything you submit should be ready to publish with a minimum of editorial interference. Be sure to give your submission several rounds of proofreading and editing before submitting. It is helpful to have someone else give you feedback in the editing process.
Be sure to edit for clarity, structure, logical consistency, and succinctness, as well as for the mechanics of grammar and punctuation. Articles that are poorly constructed or insufficiently polished will be rejected. Do not just copy and paste an old blog post. They will get rejected.
First Time Contributing?
First-timers will need to supply some additional information, including:
- Short written bio
- Profile picture
- Social media links
- Video byline (optional)
Once you have submitted and successfully been published on Breaking Muscle, you may use the Returning Contributors category, and won't be asked for the information above again. However, if you need to make changes to your profile picture, bio, or other information in the future, use the First Time option to do so.
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