Breaking Muscle https://breakingmuscle.com/feed/rss en 3 of the Best: This Week's Top Articles, Vol. 16 https://breakingmuscle.com/12-reps/3-of-the-best-this-weeks-top-articles-vol-16 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/12-reps/3-of-the-best-this-weeks-top-articles-vol-16" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201602/vol16headline.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">These pieces have caught your attention throughout the week. So here they are in one place for you to consume, digest, and enjoy. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Welcome to our brand new weekend roundup, Three of the Best!</strong>&nbsp;Every Sunday, we&#39;ll post up Breaking Muscle&#39;s top three articles of the week. These pieces have caught your attention throughout the last seven days. So here they are in one place for you to consume, digest, and enjoy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/12-reps/3-of-the-best-this-weeks-top-articles-vol-16" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 12 reps 12 Reps 3 of the best breakingmuscle macronutrients mobility posture Sun, 07 Feb 2016 11:00:00 +0000 162666 at https://breakingmuscle.com Video: How to Anchor Your Feet for a Monumental Squat https://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/video-how-to-anchor-your-feet-for-a-monumental-squat <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-conditioning/video-how-to-anchor-your-feet-for-a-monumental-squat" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img1.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201602/sedlv1in2crossfit75of96.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">Build a solid foundation with your feet and you’ll build a skyscraper of a squat on them. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>How are you ensuring a solid connection to the floor so you can move big weight in the squat? </strong>A large array of problems with the squat, such as heels rising, knees collapsing and chest falling forwards, can be remedied by simply concentrating on the feet and their relationship to the lift.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/video-how-to-anchor-your-feet-for-a-monumental-squat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bracing breakingmuscle powerlifting Squat Strength Strength Strength torque Strength & Conditioning Sat, 06 Feb 2016 10:00:00 +0000 162721 at https://breakingmuscle.com A 4-Week Challenge to Develop Unexpected Strength https://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/a-4-week-challenge-to-develop-unexpected-strength <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-conditioning/a-4-week-challenge-to-develop-unexpected-strength" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201602/fishinpoleheadline.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">What would you do with just a barbell, yourself, and the endless expanse of Arizona desert? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> For a number of years, when I lived in an apartment in Arizona, I trained with a barbell and some weight plates out in the desert. I&rsquo;d fit the barbell and plates into my vehicle any way I could. <strong>Training with a large variety of implements has always been my forte, but it doesn&rsquo;t mean I can&rsquo;t hang with a barbell.</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/a-4-week-challenge-to-develop-unexpected-strength" target="_blank">read more</a></p> barbells breakingmuscle functional exercise functional strength Strength Strength Technique Technique Strength & Conditioning Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:00:00 +0000 162661 at https://breakingmuscle.com Gut Problems? New Technology May Have Answers https://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/gut-problems-new-technology-may-have-answers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/nutrition/gut-problems-new-technology-may-have-answers" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201602/headerallergyfoods.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">Emerging research on food intolerances may end the elimination diet guessing game. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Food intolerances, allergies, and gastrointestinal problems are some of the most prevalent nutrition issues we face today</strong>. While we know a lot more now than we did ten years ago, there is still work to be done. Specifically, there&rsquo;s a lot we don&rsquo;t know about what causes these problems.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/gut-problems-new-technology-may-have-answers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Athlete Meals breakingmuscle diet food allergies food intolerance gut health nutrition nutrition research Nutrition Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:00:00 +0000 162651 at https://breakingmuscle.com Master Dynamic Tension for Mobility and Strength https://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/master-dynamic-tension-for-mobility-and-strength <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-conditioning/master-dynamic-tension-for-mobility-and-strength" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201602/hangingplank.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 can you increase the strength of your movements without ever touching a barbell? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <strong>There is something primal and satisfying about strong movement.</strong> Think of the incredible grace and terrifying power of a prowling tiger, or the way monkeys swing from branches and vines with ease while we humans struggle to pull ourselves up on a bar. Witnessing someone with the level of autonomy these animals have is a lesson in control that leaves an unforgettable impression.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <h2> Strength Without Contraptions</h2> <div> </div><p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/master-dynamic-tension-for-mobility-and-strength" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle charles atlas dynamic tension martial arts mobility Mobility Strength Technique Technique Strength & Conditioning Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:00:00 +0000 162646 at https://breakingmuscle.com Are You Training Too Heavy? How to Make 5x5 Work for You https://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/are-you-training-too-heavy-how-to-make-5x5-work-for-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-conditioning/are-you-training-too-heavy-how-to-make-5x5-work-for-you" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201602/heavyfrontsquatcropped.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">Factor in fatigue when calculating your starting weight for a strength program. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Ever since the 1970s, weight trainers on this side of the Atlantic have been accustomed to measure training intensity as a percentage of one-repetition maximum </strong>(shortened to 1RM). For example, if your best overhead press is 200lb, then a 90% intensity lift would be 180lb, a lift at 80% would be with 160lb, and so on.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/are-you-training-too-heavy-how-to-make-5x5-work-for-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 1 rep max breakingmuscle fatigue intensity sets Strength strength and conditioning Technique volume Strength & Conditioning Thu, 04 Feb 2016 09:00:00 +0000 162631 at https://breakingmuscle.com The Lowest Man Wins: 7 Keys to Hip Power and Mobility https://breakingmuscle.com/athlete-development/the-lowest-man-wins-7-keys-to-hip-power-and-mobility <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/athlete-development/the-lowest-man-wins-7-keys-to-hip-power-and-mobility" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201602/chrishhipsheadline2.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">There’s no position on a football team more important than the offensive line, and the hips unlock amazing athleticism. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p align="left"><strong>I spent thirteen years playing offensive line (o-line) - specifically, center</strong>. I can tell those of you who have never had the chance to play on the line that we are a group of selfless guys who are a family within the family. We will almost never get any headlines, and we don&rsquo;t want them. That&rsquo;s not the reason we play. It&rsquo;s all about being part of a unit (the o-line itself) and paving the way for victories for our team.</p> <p align="left">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/athlete-development/the-lowest-man-wins-7-keys-to-hip-power-and-mobility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Athlete Development back squat breakingmuscle explosive strength hip kettlebell swing pistol squats Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:00:00 +0000 162616 at https://breakingmuscle.com From Thin, to Fat, to Fit: Coaches Are People, Too https://breakingmuscle.com/smart-strength/from-thin-to-fat-to-fit-coaches-are-people-too <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/smart-strength/from-thin-to-fat-to-fit-coaches-are-people-too" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img6.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201602/edit2staleyage48.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">We tend to assume the experts we follow do everything right. That may be the case for some, but it certainly wasn’t true for me. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <em><strong>Charles is here on a weekly basis to help you cut through the B.S. and get some real perspective regarding health and training. </strong>Please post feedback or questions to Charles directly in the comments below this article.</em></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/smart-strength/from-thin-to-fat-to-fit-coaches-are-people-too" target="_blank">read more</a></p> body composition breakingmuscle fat loss iifym macros Strength Strength Smart Strength Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:00:00 +0000 162621 at https://breakingmuscle.com Rev Up Your Horsepower: An Interval Weight Training Plan https://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/rev-up-your-horsepower-an-interval-weight-training-plan <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-conditioning/rev-up-your-horsepower-an-interval-weight-training-plan" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201602/rowercropped.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">Running an hour daily for conditioning won't cut it. For maximal work capacity, enter the pain cave. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>If you ever want to be anything other than a show pony, you&rsquo;re going to have to develop your work capacity</strong>. In the real world,<strong> </strong>work capacity has little to do with running a marathon and more to do with having the type of grit and stamina that would allow you to carry a loved one to safety over a mountain.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/rev-up-your-horsepower-an-interval-weight-training-plan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cardiovascular fitness Endurance Endurance heart rate interval training weight training Strength & Conditioning Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:00:00 +0000 162601 at https://breakingmuscle.com Banish Pain Permanently: Basic Drills to Repair Your Posture https://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/banish-pain-permanently-basic-drills-to-repair-your-posture <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/mobility-recovery/banish-pain-permanently-basic-drills-to-repair-your-posture" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201602/staticwallheading.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">Here's a comprehensive guide on five exercises to bring your posture back into healthy, pain-free alignment. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> This article provides an in-depth description of five fundamental posture exercises. These are the cues and tidbits of information that I go over with my clients in person. <strong>When implemented properly, they will greatly increase the benefit you get from doing the exercises.&nbsp;</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> My goal is to provide you with additional details about each of these five exercises that you may not find in any of my previous videos or from other books or resources on the Internet.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/banish-pain-permanently-basic-drills-to-repair-your-posture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> back pain breakingmuscle Mobility Mobility posture posture alignment therapy Recovery Recovery Technique Technique Mobility & Recovery Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:00:00 +0000 162596 at https://breakingmuscle.com