Breaking Muscle http://breakingmuscle.com/feed/rss en Loaded Carries Boring? Nah! They're Essential http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/loaded-carries-boring-nah-theyre-essential <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/loaded-carries-boring-nah-theyre-essential" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201907/loadedcarries.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Oddly, carrying is one of the most common things we do in life—and also it is one of the most challenging things. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>We often talk about the importance of four movements: pushing, pulling, squatting, and hinging. All the while forgetting about one very important, albeit less sexy, way we move: Carrying!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Oddly, carrying is one of the most common things we do in life</strong>&mdash;and also it is one of the most challenging things. Just ask any new mother who spends half her day walking around with a baby (why is it that all babies can sense when you&rsquo;re sitting and scream bloody murder until you reluctantly stand up and walk around with them?).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/loaded-carries-boring-nah-theyre-essential" target="_blank">read more</a></p> arm strength carryover core stability daily exercise Fitness functional movement grip strength loaded carries Sat, 20 Jul 2019 19:44:34 +0000 183276 at http://breakingmuscle.com Dieting Versus Lifestyle: Change Ain't Easy http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/dieting-versus-lifestyle-change-aint-easy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/dieting-versus-lifestyle-change-aint-easy" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201907/dietoverhaul.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">It’s natural for us to be short-sighted in our goals—because who doesn’t want massive change right now? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>&quot;I want to lose weight.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>That&rsquo;s probably the most common reason people hire me as a fitness coach.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Many of them&mdash;arguably most of them&mdash;have tried every short-term diet in the book: The Whole30, a 6-week challenge, a 30-day juice cleanse or two-week detox, and on and on.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>As a result of these 30 day promise diets, many of these same people have completely unrealistic goals about their weight loss timeframe</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/dieting-versus-lifestyle-change-aint-easy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> cardiovascular fitness daily exercise eating habits Fitness habits healthy habits healthy lifestyle sugar Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:15:29 +0000 183321 at http://breakingmuscle.com You are the Problem, Not the Fitness Industry http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/you-are-the-problem-not-the-fitness-industry <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/you-are-the-problem-not-the-fitness-industry" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201907/fitnessindustry.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The issue is a culture of too little personal responsibility and capacity for discomfort. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>There is a popular, &ldquo;woke&rdquo; narrative that the reason more people than ever are obese and in chronically poor health is a <a href="/fitness/the-fitness-industry-has-failed-how-variety-will-get-you-fit">failing fitness industry</a>&mdash;the fitness industry has failed to save us from ourselves. <strong>I&rsquo;d argue that as awful as many areas of the fitness industry are, it is actually better than ever, overall</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/you-are-the-problem-not-the-fitness-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> culture eating habits Fitness fitness industry healthy habits personal responsibility responsibility self mastery values willpower Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:35:23 +0000 183261 at http://breakingmuscle.com How and Why to Single Leg Romanian Deadlift http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/how-and-why-to-single-leg-romanian-deadlift <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/how-and-why-to-single-leg-romanian-deadlift" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201907/1leggedrdl1.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">There is no greater exercise for posterior chain development than the single-leg Romanian deadlift (1-leg RDL) </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>The <a href="/category/tags/posterior-chain">posterior chain</a>&mdash;you&rsquo;ve undoubtedly heard people waxing prolific about this topic, particularly in response to sedentary lifestyles. It&rsquo;s a great buzzword to make yourself sound smart while describing a very simple concept.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/how-and-why-to-single-leg-romanian-deadlift" target="_blank">read more</a></p> back strength balance core stability Fitness glute exercises hamstring one leg deadlift one Leg RDL packed shoulder posterior chain Tue, 16 Jul 2019 18:14:59 +0000 183251 at http://breakingmuscle.com Hacking the Hack Squat http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/hacking-the-hack-squat <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/hacking-the-hack-squat" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201907/hexbar.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The hack squat was originated in Germany and derives from the word hacke (heel). You'll need to know more than that to make it work for you, though. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Now say that three times fast! Welcome back everyone to another episode of Breaking Down Your Workout Library. Thanks to the team at Breaking Muscle, I&rsquo;ve been guided to produce another breakdown of one of my favorite exercises.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/hacking-the-hack-squat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Exercise Fitness hack squat hamstrings hex bar hypertrophy leg press lower body exercises quads Squat strength and conditioning Sun, 14 Jul 2019 16:41:16 +0000 183326 at http://breakingmuscle.com Create Athletic Children in This Fertile Age for Fitness http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/create-athletic-children-in-this-fertile-age-for-fitness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/create-athletic-children-in-this-fertile-age-for-fitness" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201907/youngweightlifter.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Fostering physical activity from a young age instills discipline, promotes fun, and produces a more social child. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>I spoke to my new friend Jiang today and she informed me of something truly troubling. She felt horrible because she <a href="/fitness/the-complete-snatch-warm-up">snatch</a> deadlifted 100kg (220 lbs) today as her maximum instead of her programmed 140kg (308 lbs). Then I spoke to my cousin Drew today about four hours later and he was upset that he couldn&rsquo;t beat his friend&rsquo;s team on League of Legends despite having a significant advantage in terms of stats. Let&rsquo;s get real&mdash;both of these children are 14 years old.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/create-athletic-children-in-this-fertile-age-for-fitness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Children Fitness social media social norms youth athletes youth coaches youth development Sun, 14 Jul 2019 16:16:24 +0000 183316 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Efficacy of Percentage-Based Training Programs http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-efficacy-of-percentage-based-training-programs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/the-efficacy-of-percentage-based-training-programs" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/bydate/201906/jesseheavyweight1675440210211013188399563118492705n.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">How do we make sure we’re using the correct weights as we base percentages off of a max that may change during a two or three-month long training block? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>I&rsquo;ll defend percentage-based training program&#39;s efficacy for powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting until the bitter end, or when I&rsquo;m muttering to myself on a park bench wearing a sleeping bag as a sport coat.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve tested, to the best of my understanding, most methods of building strength for myself and my athletes.<strong> And I haven&rsquo;t found a more reliable way to continuously improve in power other than using stable markers based on maxes</strong>, even if those maxes are estimated.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-efficacy-of-percentage-based-training-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> deadlift deloading Fitness fitness front squats maximal muscular power olympic weightlifting peaking periodization power lifting training programs training shelf weight gain work capacity Sun, 14 Jul 2019 11:54:14 +0000 183221 at http://breakingmuscle.com Use Bands to Build Bulletproof Abs http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/use-bands-to-build-bulletproof-abs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/use-bands-to-build-bulletproof-abs" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201907/bandedbentkneehold.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Bands are particularly useful for the core because they force you to stay as tight as possible and help to create tension in your body. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Physio bands are one of my best friends in the gym</strong>. They&rsquo;re great for shoulder health, great for activating my sleepy lats before a big pulling day, and even useful for building some muscular endurance through exercises like lat pulldowns and triceps extensions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lately, I&rsquo;ve also been using them for my core&mdash;to bulletproof those abs!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/use-bands-to-build-bulletproof-abs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> abdominal training abs bands core core stability core strength core training diastasis recti Fitness resistance bands Mon, 08 Jul 2019 20:37:17 +0000 183291 at http://breakingmuscle.com Strengthen Your Strict Press http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/strengthen-your-strict-press <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/strengthen-your-strict-press" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201907/strictpress.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Different positioning for your strict press may allow for better translation into other overhead lifts. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><img alt="Standard strict press position with extended wrists." class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201907/wristsextendedcollage.png" title="Standard strict press position with extended wrists." /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/strengthen-your-strict-press" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fitness military press shoulder health shoulder mobility strength and conditioning upper body exercises Sun, 07 Jul 2019 20:15:52 +0000 183286 at http://breakingmuscle.com Add New Disciplines to Your Training, Part 3: Execute Your Plan http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/add-new-disciplines-to-your-training-part-3-execute-your-plan <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/add-new-disciplines-to-your-training-part-3-execute-your-plan" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201907/ringrows.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">And in denying your exploration into other expressive forms of movement and practices, you’re denying your own unique individuality. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><a href="/fitness/add-new-disciplines-to-your-training-part-1-how-do-i-choose">Part 1 of this series</a> explored ways to choose new disciplines to add to your current training. <a href="/fitness/add-new-disciplines-to-your-training-part-2-make-a-plan">Part 2 of this series</a> addressed making a plan to help ensure your success in your new endeavors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll begin Part 3 with general recovery.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/add-new-disciplines-to-your-training-part-3-execute-your-plan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fitness fitness muay thai workouts physiological stress powerlifter psychological stress Recovery running shadow boxing training frequency training schedule Mon, 01 Jul 2019 09:57:48 +0000 183131 at http://breakingmuscle.com