Breaking Muscle http://breakingmuscle.com/feed/rss en Love CrossFit? 5 Tips to Avoid CrossFit Burnout http://breakingmuscle.com/crossfit/love-crossfit-5-tips-to-avoid-crossfit-burnout <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/crossfit/love-crossfit-5-tips-to-avoid-crossfit-burnout" 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/burnoursquare.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">At the start, it seems like the trajectory can only ever be up. Then we hit a wall. It’s called burnout. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Is it possible to be sick of CrossFit?</strong> Them&rsquo;s fightin&rsquo; words, to be sure, but think about it. CrossFit is so <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/crossfit/confessions-of-a-box-hopper-my-love-affair-with-burpees-and-box-jumps" target="_blank">engaging and addicting</a> that we often go at it so hard and fast right from the start that memes have arisen about how we can&rsquo;t shut up about it. <strong><a href="http://tosh.cc.com/" target="_blank">Tosh.0</a>&nbsp;joked about it:</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/crossfit/love-crossfit-5-tips-to-avoid-crossfit-burnout" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle burnout competition crossfit goals plateau Programming specialist CrossFit Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:00:00 +0000 26301 at http://breakingmuscle.com Greasing the Groove: A More Effective Way to Prepare for Push Up Tests http://breakingmuscle.com/military-first-responders/greasing-the-groove-a-more-effective-way-to-prepare-for-push-up-tests <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/military-first-responders/greasing-the-groove-a-more-effective-way-to-prepare-for-push-up-tests" 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/pushupsquare.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">Most people will be able to hit their target within a month just by using more targeted training and diligent daily practice. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">If you&rsquo;re an <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/military-first-responders/the-police-physical-ability-test-would-you-meet-the-requirements" target="_blank">aspiring law enforcement officer</a> or have your eyes on the military, then you&rsquo;re no doubt starting to wonder about how to pass those tests. <strong>While many will argue that push ups have little bearing on combat readiness, the fact is they are always tested.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/military-first-responders/greasing-the-groove-a-more-effective-way-to-prepare-for-push-up-tests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle greasing the groove law enforcement military push up testing Military & First Responders Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 26311 at http://breakingmuscle.com Periodization Increases Strength, Regardless of the Method Used http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/periodization-increases-strength-regardless-of-the-method-used <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-conditioning/periodization-increases-strength-regardless-of-the-method-used" 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/shutterstock177608429.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 research review suggests it doesn't matter which programming plan you use, as long as you have a plan. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">What&#39;s the best periodization method for increasing strength? There are a lot of ways to answer that question. <strong>A recent a <a href="http://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Abstract/publishahead/Systematic_Review_and_Meta_Analysis_of_Linear_and.97175.aspx" target="_blank">study in the<em> Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research</em></a> provided some food for thought.</strong></span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/periodization-increases-strength-regardless-of-the-method-used" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle periodization Programming strength and conditioning strength training Strength & Conditioning Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +0000 26316 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Create the Most Useful Triathlon Off-Season http://breakingmuscle.com/endurance-sports/how-to-create-the-most-useful-triathlon-off-season <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-create-the-most-useful-triathlon-off-season" 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/shutterstock220682881copy.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">The off-season is not a time to stress over slowing down. It's time to enjoy what you've earned and move your intensity into restoration. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>The off-season should be a time of less intensity, but for many triathletes it becomes another layer of stress.</strong> It can be hard after <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/endurance-sports/5-ways-triathlon-can-increase-your-productivity" target="_blank">a year of intense training</a> to adjust to the off-season mindset.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/endurance-sports/how-to-create-the-most-useful-triathlon-off-season" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cross training cycling endurance sports endurance training offseason running triathlon Endurance Sports Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:00:00 +0000 26241 at http://breakingmuscle.com 6 Exercises For Rebuilding Your Core After Pregnancy http://breakingmuscle.com/womens-fitness/6-exercises-for-rebuilding-your-core-after-pregnancy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/womens-fitness/6-exercises-for-rebuilding-your-core-after-pregnancy" 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/newyogaboatnew.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">You've done the hard part and had your baby, but before you get back to heavy lifting, give your core some attention. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>You&rsquo;re sitting at home, holding that adorable little bundle of joy, and so glad the hard part is over. </strong>Then you look down at that big squishy blob that used to be your stomach and wonder, &ldquo;What in the hell am I going to do about that?!&rdquo;</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/shutterstock102385168.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/womens-fitness/6-exercises-for-rebuilding-your-core-after-pregnancy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> abdominals breakingmuscle core strength mothers post partum pregnancy women's fitness Women's Fitness Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:00:00 +0000 26156 at http://breakingmuscle.com Growth Hacking: The Secret of the CrossFit Phenomenon http://breakingmuscle.com/coaching-business/a-case-study-of-the-crossfit-growth-hack <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/coaching-business/a-case-study-of-the-crossfit-growth-hack" 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/shutterstock69390763.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">The Internet is embedded in CrossFit's DNA. How can your business leverage this viral power of technology? </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>The Internet has been incredibly disruptive to traditional marketing channels and mass media.</strong> A new breed of Internet marketers have occupied the resulting vacuum and defined an entirely new skill set: <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/coaching-business/growth-hacking-an-essential-skill-for-the-new-age-entrepreneur" target="_blank">growth hacking</a>.&nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/coaching-business/a-case-study-of-the-crossfit-growth-hack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle crossfit facebook growth growth hacking internet technology Coaching & Business Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:00:00 +0000 26201 at http://breakingmuscle.com A Quick Yoga Flow for a Better Squat (Video) http://breakingmuscle.com/video/yoga-for-a-better-squat <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/video/yoga-for-a-better-squat" 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/squaresquare.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">Do this before a squat workout or run. We don’t often work on hip abduction, and this can lead to a host of issues. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/mobility-its-all-in-the-hips-or-is-it" target="_blank">Hips don&rsquo;t lie</a>. Shakira definitely got it right with that line. <strong>Weak outer hips can lead to a lot of issues: knock-knees during squats, low back pain, and instability with multi-planar movements.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/video/yoga-for-a-better-squat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> @breakingmuscle core hips low back Squat yoga Yoga & Mobility Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:00:00 +0000 26211 at http://breakingmuscle.com 5 Simple Solutions to Shoulder Pain http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/5-simple-solutions-to-shoulder-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-simple-solutions-to-shoulder-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/shoudlersquare2.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">Simple interventions mean more reliable outcomes. The following five tips will give you real results. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Shoulder pain sucks. <strong>If you&rsquo;ve been lifting for any significant amount of time, then you&rsquo;ve likely felt it</strong>. Maybe it was just a little pinch in the front of your shoulder. Or maybe it felt like someone was trying to remove your biceps tendon with a soldering iron every time you went to push or press.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/5-simple-solutions-to-shoulder-pain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle injury partial reps rows shoulder injury shoulder pain upper traps Mobility & Recovery Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 26206 at http://breakingmuscle.com Gaiam Restore MultiGrip Stretch Strap (Product Review) http://breakingmuscle.com/equipment/gaiam-stretch-strap-product-review <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/equipment/gaiam-stretch-strap-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/201410/81jp1h4uc7lsl1500.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 stretch strap's design allows you to move in and out of stretches comfortably and safely. </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/201410/81ktzhwkdflsl1500.jpg" style="height: 450px; width: 323px;" /></p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201410/screenshot2014-10-20at100827am.png" style="height: 167px; width: 400px;" /></p> <p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/equipment/gaiam-stretch-strap-product-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle facilitated stretching pnf reviews stretch stretching Equipment Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +0000 26216 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Benefits of Deloading (Athlete Journal 5) http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/the-benefits-of-deloading-athlete-journal-5 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-sports/the-benefits-of-deloading-athlete-journal-5" 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/screenshot2014-10-17at23129pm.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">It's easy to get caught up in the desire to make gains and forget about rest. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Deload. Taper. Unload. Backoff. Rest.</strong> Whatever you want to call it, it&rsquo;s never a fun week. As athletes we don&rsquo;t only grow and get stronger in the gym. We also progress when we recover. A deload is a planned week for resting and <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-your-recovery-relates-directly-to-your-performance" target="_blank">recovering</a>, in order to come back that much stronger.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/the-benefits-of-deloading-athlete-journal-5" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle deload powerlifting rest weightlifting Strength Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:00:00 +0000 26051 at http://breakingmuscle.com