Breaking Muscle http://breakingmuscle.com/feed/rss en Train the Brain to Improve Performance on the Bike http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/train-the-brain-to-improve-performance-on-the-bike <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/train-the-brain-to-improve-performance-on-the-bike" 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/201407/shutterstock128391260.jpg" alt="" title="" 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">There is an incredible amount of brain activity each time you move that determines how effective you are and impacts your cycling performance. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">We spend a lot of time thinking about <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/why-serious-cyclists-should-consider-strength-training" target="_blank">strength</a>, <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-use-a-power-meter-in-a-team-time-trial" target="_blank">power</a>, and the <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-build-a-better-pedal-stroke" target="_blank">mechanics</a> of cycling. <strong>This week we cover another important aspect of cycling performance - the brain.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/train-the-brain-to-improve-performance-on-the-bike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> brain breakingmuscle cycling mental training performance Cycling Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 22586 at http://breakingmuscle.com 4 Drills That Will Improve Your Kettlebell Press http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/4-drills-that-will-improve-your-kettlebell-press <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/4-drills-that-will-improve-your-kettlebell-press" 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/201408/shutterstock117036262.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 following are some of the ways you can improve your pressing, or just change the feel of it, by using different variations to work on your weak points. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>One of the things about kettlebells is that you can hold them in different positions and get a very different kind of press workout just based on your grip of the bell. </strong>Unlike a barbell or dumbbell, which you will hold in the same way every time, this dynamic grip can change the way you train.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jRhV3AdGbQ8?rel=0" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/4-drills-that-will-improve-your-kettlebell-press" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kettlebell press kettlebell training kettlebells overhead press Kettlebells Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 22691 at http://breakingmuscle.com Ornithine Reduces Stress and Improves Sleep Quality http://breakingmuscle.com/supplements/a-new-stress-reducing-supplement <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/supplements/a-new-stress-reducing-supplement" 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/201407/shutterstock72625825.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">Stress and low energy are recipes for ruining a workout. A new study suggests the amino acid ornithine might help. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>You might have seen the supplement L-ornithine in stores, but chances are you&#39;re not taking it unless it&#39;s in a blend. </strong>Ornithine is a non-essential <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/supplements/10-more-things-i-know-about-protein-that-you-dont" target="_blank">amino acid</a> that has long been known to play a role in the production of urine, but it has some other benefits that may be of use to athletes.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/supplements/a-new-stress-reducing-supplement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle supplements Supplements Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 22531 at http://breakingmuscle.com tasc Performance Clothing (Product Review) http://breakingmuscle.com/clothing-shoes/tasc-performance-clothing-product-review <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/clothing-shoes/tasc-performance-clothing-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/201407/t-w-364hotstufftankstormstreakf0521.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">These two items by tasc Performance are comfortable, well made, and attractive. </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/201407/tasc2ed.jpg" /></p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201407/screenshot2014-07-29at60625pm.png" style="height: 165px; width: 399px; margin: 5px 10px;" /></p> <p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/clothing-shoes/tasc-performance-clothing-product-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle clothing reviews Clothing & Shoes Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:00:00 +0000 22566 at http://breakingmuscle.com The A to Z of Family Fun in the Sun http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-a-to-z-of-family-fun-in-the-sun <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-a-to-z-of-family-fun-in-the-sun" 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/201407/squareswim.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">Including the entire family in your fitness program may be just what you need to revitalize your training plan. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Have the dog days of summer zapped your motivation to workout? Take advantage of the lazy days of summer and rethink your approach to your workouts. <strong>Including the entire family in your fitness program may be just what you need to revitalize your training plan.</strong> So, grab your family, grab the sunscreen and a bottle of water, and get ready for some <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/family-fitness-blaze-the-trail-and-stay-fit-this-spring-break" target="_blank">family fun in the sun</a>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-a-to-z-of-family-fun-in-the-sun" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle family family fitness holidays summer Family & Kids Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 22576 at http://breakingmuscle.com Should a Weightlifter Watch Other Lifters? http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/should-a-weightlifter-watch-other-lifters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/should-a-weightlifter-watch-other-lifters" 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/201407/watchsquare.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">Watching fellow lifters perform can be problematic. Get used to being watched, but don’t watch too many failures. </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;">Most people involved in the sport of weightlifting, whether they are athletes,<a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/coaching-education-approaches-some-thoughts-on-the-instruction-of-weightliftin" target="_blank"> coaches</a>, officials, or administrators, like to watch other lifters perform. <strong>That is how we get inspired and that is how we learn. </strong></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/should-a-weightlifter-watch-other-lifters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> anxiety breakingmuscle coaching competition teammates weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 22606 at http://breakingmuscle.com Why Loving Your Body Is Not Enough http://breakingmuscle.com/mind-body/why-loving-your-body-is-not-enough <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/mind-body/why-loving-your-body-is-not-enough" 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/201407/esteemsquare.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">In order for women (and men) to embrace their bodies, we need to look beyond accepting our physical appearance. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">&quot;Love your body&rdquo; seems to be the new &ldquo;<a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/strong-is-still-strong-skinny-is-still-skinny" target="_blank">strong is the new skinny</a>.&rdquo; While this is absolutely a shift in the right direction as it relates to promoting body acceptance, I think it is missing a huge piece of the puzzle on our journey for cultivating self-love. <strong>In order for women (and men) to embrace their bodies, we need to look beyond accepting our physical appearance.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/mind-body/why-loving-your-body-is-not-enough" target="_blank">read more</a></p> body image breakingmuscle self confidence self improvement self talk Mind & Body Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 22466 at http://breakingmuscle.com 15 Practical Strategies to Increase Your Deadlift Max http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/15-practical-strategies-to-increase-your-deadlift-max <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-conditioning/15-practical-strategies-to-increase-your-deadlift-max" 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/201407/105144833356965865778164236509099071226931n.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 provides you with fifteen practical strategies you can use start using right now if you’re serious about increasing your deadlift. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Throughout my time in the strength industry, I&rsquo;ve found that the deadlift is often misunderstood.</strong> I love the deadlift as a test of strength. No racks, no fancy stuff, just you versus the barbell. But it seems many people end up playing not much more than a guessing game when it comes to increasing the deadlift.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/15-practical-strategies-to-increase-your-deadlift-max" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle deadlift powerlifting strength training Strength & Conditioning Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 22621 at http://breakingmuscle.com Discover the Best Meditation Type for You http://breakingmuscle.com/mind-body/discover-the-best-meditation-type-for-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/mind-body/discover-the-best-meditation-type-for-you" 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/201407/shutterstock154565885.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">For people looking to make a habit out of meditation, the challenge can be identifying the right type of practice to meet your needs and preferences. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">While the scientific research on the health and wellness benefits of meditation is still in its infancy, an increasing number of people are <a href="http://nccam.nih.gov/health/meditation/overview.htm" target="_blank">looking to this ancient practice</a> as a way to achieve calmness and relaxation, better manage stress, improve their mood, or just increase their quality of life.<span style="font-size:12px;"><sup>1,2</sup></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/mind-body/discover-the-best-meditation-type-for-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle buddhism meditation mindfulness yoga Mind & Body Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 22631 at http://breakingmuscle.com Post-Tournament Recovery (Athlete Journal 30) http://breakingmuscle.com/martial-arts/post-tournament-recovery-athlete-journal-30 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/martial-arts/post-tournament-recovery-athlete-journal-30" 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/201407/dsc02021.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">I decided to take some time off this week for recovery, self-evaluation, and planning my next steps. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">After I competed last week, I took some time off for recovery and self-evaluation. <strong>It felt good to get some time off and eat a little looser than I have been the last few weeks. </strong>I normally <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/martial-arts/you-are-what-you-eat-athlete-journal-22" target="_blank">eat clean</a>, but the four weeks prior to competing I really dialed it in. I still have to make sure I keep my weight under control since I will be competing in the Boston Summer Open in four weeks.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/martial-arts/post-tournament-recovery-athlete-journal-30" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete journals breakingmuscle martial arts Recovery Martial Arts Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:00:00 +0000 22536 at http://breakingmuscle.com