Breaking Muscle http://breakingmuscle.com/feed/rss en Heart Rate Variability: The New Science of Recovery http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/heart-rate-variability-the-new-science-of-recovery <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-conditioning/heart-rate-variability-the-new-science-of-recovery" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201410/hrvsquare.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Heart rate variability is a strong indicator of your ability to function well in an upcoming workout. </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/heart-rate-variability-a-good-intensity-measure" target="_blank">Heart rate variability</a> is an indicator of how well the parasympathetic nervous system functions. <strong>It provides athletes with a powerful measure of both their recovery and their ability to function well in an upcoming workout.&nbsp;</strong></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div class="rtecenter"> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/heart-rate-variability-the-new-science-of-recovery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle heart rate overtraining performance Recovery Strength & Conditioning Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:00:00 +0000 26606 at http://breakingmuscle.com 3 Deadly Sins of the One-Armed Kettlebell Swing http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/3-deadly-sins-of-the-one-armed-kettlebell-swing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/3-deadly-sins-of-the-one-armed-kettlebell-swing" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201410/left1.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If you are serious about using kettlebells, then it’s best to learn the right way from the beginning. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>You can hear your mail carrier curse as he lugs your package up to your door.</strong> You squeal with excitement as the sounds of heavy breathing gets closer and closer. It&rsquo;s finally here! You have been waiting for your kettlebell and now you will get a chance to bust this bad boy out of the box and <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-kettlebell-swing-why-its-the-perfect-exercise" target="_blank">send your fat flying for cover</a>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/3-deadly-sins-of-the-one-armed-kettlebell-swing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching Kettlebell mistakes one-arm swing workout Kettlebells Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 26596 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Save Money on Endurance Events, Gear, and Coaching http://breakingmuscle.com/endurance-sports/how-to-save-money-on-endurance-events-gear-and-coaching <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/endurance-sports/how-to-save-money-on-endurance-events-gear-and-coaching" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201410/shutterstock112762105.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">This article is for the 30% of triathletes who are students, blue-collar workers, and government or military workers. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><a href="http://www.usatriathlon.org/~/media/01bf57132bc84eb8ab317c951426ce87.ashx" target="_blank">According to USA Triathlon</a>, the average triathlete is 38 years old. The average income for a triathlete is $126,000. <strong>But according to the stats, over forty percent of triathletes make less than that average.</strong> In fact, thirty percent of triathletes are students, blue-collar workers, and those working government and military jobs. It&rsquo;s this thirty percent I&rsquo;m writing for today.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/endurance-sports/how-to-save-money-on-endurance-events-gear-and-coaching" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle endurance endurance sports endurance training triathlons Endurance Sports Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +0000 26631 at http://breakingmuscle.com Gold at the New York Pro (Athlete Journal 42) http://breakingmuscle.com/martial-arts/athlete-journal-42 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/martial-arts/athlete-journal-42" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201410/0311crop.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">After winning gold last weekend, I’m feeling pretty confident as I get ready to head out to Masters Worlds this week. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">After winning gold in the heavyweight and absolute divisions this past weekend at the New York Pro, <strong>I&rsquo;m feeling pretty good as I get ready to head out to Masters Worlds this week.&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/martial-arts/athlete-journal-42" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete journals BJJ breakingmuscle competing martial arts tournaments Martial Arts Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:00:00 +0000 26571 at http://breakingmuscle.com Don't Count Calories to Lose Weight: The Body Fat Set Point Theory http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/dont-count-calories-to-lose-weight-the-body-fat-set-point-theory <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/nutrition/dont-count-calories-to-lose-weight-the-body-fat-set-point-theory" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201410/bfsquare.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">We are told that 3,500 calories equals a pound of fat. I combed the research for this and got “No items found.” </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>We have all been told that 3,500 calories equals a pound of fat.</strong> This idea is taught widely in schools and published in many nutrition textbooks. We know if we follow this rule, then we can lose a total of one pound per week by cutting approximately<a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/20-ways-to-burn-500-calories" target="_blank"> 500 calories</a> per day. We take this as a fact and apply without ever questioning it.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/dont-count-calories-to-lose-weight-the-body-fat-set-point-theory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> body fat breakingmuscle calories fat fat loss ghrelin glucagon hormones leptin obesity Nutrition Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:00:00 +0000 26581 at http://breakingmuscle.com Groundswell Grappling Concepts Rashguard (Product Review) http://breakingmuscle.com/martial-arts/groundswell-grappling-concepts-rashguard-product-review <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/martial-arts/groundswell-grappling-concepts-rashguard-product-review" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201410/screenshot2014-10-28at90425am.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">This rashguard remained light and comfortable even in the most disgusting, sweaty rolls. </div></div></div><p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201410/ggcrash.jpg" style="height: 195px; width: 450px; margin: 5px 10px;" /></p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201410/screenshot2014-10-28at90030am.png" style="height: 151px; width: 400px; margin: 5px 10px;" /></p> <p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/martial-arts/groundswell-grappling-concepts-rashguard-product-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BJJ breakingmuscle rashguard review reviews women Martial Arts Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:00:00 +0000 26566 at http://breakingmuscle.com A Weightlifting Etiquette Handbook for CrossFitters http://breakingmuscle.com/crossfit/a-weightlifting-etiquette-handbook-for-crossfitters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/crossfit/a-weightlifting-etiquette-handbook-for-crossfitters" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201410/18969086770476556876891983201767n.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Just because we may have pumped a little life into weightlifting, doesn’t mean we get to trample on its traditions. </div></div></div><div> <strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Dear CrossFitters:</span></strong><span style="font-size:18px;"> I love you, know I do.&nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/crossfit/a-weightlifting-etiquette-handbook-for-crossfitters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle crossfit etiquette golf sports etiquette weightlifting CrossFit Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:00:00 +0000 26586 at http://breakingmuscle.com 5 Steps to Safely Train Around Lower Back Pain http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/5-steps-to-safely-program-around-lower-back-pain <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/mobility-recovery/5-steps-to-safely-program-around-lower-back-pain" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201410/backsquare.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">These tips will have you maintaining your hard-earned muscle armor while letting your lower back recover. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">True veterans of the iron game who have clocked enough hours under some heavy-ass loads know that <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/6-steps-to-heal-your-low-back-injury" target="_blank">lower back injuries</a> are a frustrating part of the game. <strong>If you think this doesn&rsquo;t apply to you, think again.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/5-steps-to-safely-program-around-lower-back-pain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle low back lower back pain mri orthopedic pelvic tilt Recovery single leg Mobility & Recovery Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 26576 at http://breakingmuscle.com Body Composition and Bone Density Trends in Distance Runners http://breakingmuscle.com/endurance-sports/strength-training-and-body-composition-trends-in-cross-country-runners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/endurance-sports/strength-training-and-body-composition-trends-in-cross-country-runners" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201410/shutterstock96098630.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">A new study shed light on the role of muscle size in running performance and bone quality. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Most runners know they need to develop strength in order to excel at running and reduce the risk of injuries. But size can sometimes come with strength, which can reduce running performance if taken too far. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/endurance-sports/strength-training-and-body-composition-trends-in-cross-country-runners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle endurance sports endurance training runners strength training Endurance Sports Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +0000 26561 at http://breakingmuscle.com Backbends 101 (Yoga Teacher Training Journal 3) http://breakingmuscle.com/yoga/backbends-101-yoga-teacher-training-journal-3 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/yoga/backbends-101-yoga-teacher-training-journal-3" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201410/img3870.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">When done correctly, backbends are a great tool to unwind from a day of desk work. Here's the yoga perspective. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">I couldn&rsquo;t wait for my third yoga teacher training weekend to arrive. On the agenda were three of my favorite things:<strong> philosophy, twists, and backbends.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201410/img3909.jpg" /></p> <p class="rtecenter"><span style="font-size:11px;"><em>Wheel Pose</em></span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/yoga/backbends-101-yoga-teacher-training-journal-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> back bridge breakingmuscle hatha yoga Teaching Yoga Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:00:00 +0000 26546 at http://breakingmuscle.com