Breaking Muscle http://breakingmuscle.com/feed/rss en Mio LINK (Product Review) http://breakingmuscle.com/tech/mio-link-product-review <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tech/mio-link-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/201501/screenshot2015-01-29at92254am.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">Time to ditch the chest heart rate strap. It's the era of the fitness band, and this is a good one. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p class="rtecenter"><em>Breaking Muscle receives no compensation in exchange for reviews. The opinions expressed belong solely to the writer.</em></p> <p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201501/95xen-us1.jpg" /></p> <p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/tech/mio-link-product-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling endurance training gear heart rate reviews technology Tech Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:00:00 +0000 31346 at http://breakingmuscle.com 3 Drills for Stronger and Smoother Open Water Swimming http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/3-drills-for-stronger-and-smoother-open-water-swimming <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/3-drills-for-stronger-and-smoother-open-water-swimming" 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/201501/opensquare.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">Taking your open water swimming to the next level requires you to break your stroke into its parts. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>There&rsquo;s no doubt about it, swimming is a highly technical activity</strong>. Much like golf, there are myriad ways to screw it up. Add in open water, and the whole scenario becomes that much more complicated.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/3-drills-for-stronger-and-smoother-open-water-swimming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bands breakingmuscle doggy paddle drills endurance sports open water swimming triathlon unco Swimming Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 31371 at http://breakingmuscle.com 4 Tips for Success in Your First Strongman Competition http://breakingmuscle.com/strongman/4-tips-for-success-in-your-first-strongman-competition <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strongman/4-tips-for-success-in-your-first-strongman-competition" 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/201501/strongsquare.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">The best advice I can give is to have fun and learn from your own performance and from competitors. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <span style="font-size:18px;">I remember watching ESPN&rsquo;s<a href="http://www.theworldsstrongestman.com/" target="_blank"><em> World&rsquo;s Strongest Man</em></a> as a child. As a teenager, I got to see the <a href="http://www.arnoldstrongmanclassic.com/" target="_blank">Arnold Strongman Classic </a>and even met some of the competitors. <strong>But it wasn&rsquo;t until I was a senior in college when I started working at a facility with large tractor tire that I truly got interested in the sport of strongman.</strong></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strongman/4-tips-for-success-in-your-first-strongman-competition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle competition deadlift event preparation game day overhead press Squat strongman Strongman Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:00:00 +0000 31376 at http://breakingmuscle.com Straightening Up: Progressive Posture Alignment http://breakingmuscle.com/video/straightening-up-progressive-posture-alignment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/video/straightening-up-progressive-posture-alignment" 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/201501/maryannweek1header.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">Looking to improve your posture? Week one of this four-part series will help you on your way. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>This is week one of a four-week program designed to take you through a progression of corrective exercises to improve your postur</strong>e. Most of us go through our daily lives battling slouching, uncomfortable work positions, or overall body fatigue. All of this can lead to compensation in posture. Let&#39;s work on fixing that.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>If you participate, you can expect to experience:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/video/straightening-up-progressive-posture-alignment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> @breakingmuscle back exercises hip mobility. shoulders posture posture alignment therapy Yoga & Mobility Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000 31356 at http://breakingmuscle.com Strongman: Cycle 7, Week 10 http://breakingmuscle.com/strongman/strongman-cycle-7-week-10 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strongman/strongman-cycle-7-week-10" 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/201501/103720523242879943853426330930239906512891n1.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">Whether you are looking for explosive strength, the ability to lift heavy for multiple reps, or to increase your max lifts, strongman is a fun and effective training method. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><h2> Week 10</h2> <h2> Day 1</h2> <p>Back squat, 3 x 10 @ 75%, 60 seconds rest<br /> Weighted pull ups, 2 x 5<br /> Weighted hip thrusts, 3 x 8<br /> Face pulls, 3 x 20</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2> Day 2</h2> <p>Floor press @ 70% of max, 9 x 3 for speed<br /> Incline bench press, 3 x 5<br /> Weighted dips, 2 x 8<br /> Hammer curls, 3 x 20</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2> Day 3</h2> <p>Power clean, 1RM<br /> Log clean and push press, 1RM<br /> Farmers walk, medium weight for 40m</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-intro"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><!--paging_filter--><h2> Who is this program intended for?</h2> <p>This strongman program is intended for those who:</p> <ul class="rteindent1"> <li> Want to get stronger and faster</li> <li> Want to get ready for a strongman competition</li> <li> Want a general strength and power training program which includes strongman</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2> Why should I train strongman?</h2> <p>Whether you are looking for <strong>explosive strength, the ability to lift heavy for multiple reps, or to increase your max lifts</strong>, strongman is a fun and effective way to do so. If you are looking for improvements across all three, there is no better alternative.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are<a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strongman/33-reasons-to-train-strongman" target="_blank">&nbsp;33 more reasons to train strongman</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strongman/what-strongman-training-can-teach-us-about-getting-strong" target="_blank">what strongman training can teach us about getting stron</a><a href="" target="_blank">g</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2> When are the workouts?</h2> <p>The workouts are released weekly on Monday. <strong>There is no need to start from cycle one.</strong> Each cycle we program gets better and better, so cycle six is a great place to start.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>My only recommendation is that when you start this program, you <strong>start from week one instead of jumping in mid-way through the cycle.</strong> The programming is progressive and starting from the beginning will ensure the safest and most effective advancement.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2> What equipment do I need?</h2> <p>Day one and day two sessions are constructed so that you can do them in any respectable gym. <strong>No strongman equipment is required on these days.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the <strong>third workout of each week, you will be doing event training.</strong> Ideally, you will have access to some basic strongman equipment for this, but this program keeps these requirements to a minimum.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The full list of requirements is:</p> <ul class="rteindent1"> <li> Barbell</li> <li> Dumbells</li> <li> Bench</li> <li> GHD machine</li> <li> Yoke</li> <li> Farmers walk handles</li> <li> Axle bar</li> <li> Log<br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The more relevant equipment you have access to, the more you will get out of the program. To help you choose substitutions, take a look at&nbsp;<a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strongman/the-6-main-types-of-strongman-events-and-how-to-train-for-them-in-the-gym" target="_blank">these gym-based alternatives</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2> Where can I find more information and ask questions?</h2> <p>Take a look at&nbsp;<a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/knowledge/strongman" target="_blank">my strongman series</a>&nbsp;for an explanation of strongman events split down by equipment. If you have any further questions, please ask them on the&nbsp;<a href="http://forum.breakingmuscle.com/topic/303/getting-started-with-strongman/" target="_blank">Breaking Muscle forum</a>, and I will get back to you as soon as possible with an answer.</p> </div></div></div> breakingmuscle Elite Programming Elite Workout Programs strongman Strongman Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000 27581 at http://breakingmuscle.com How Training Can Turn You Into a Self-Made Superhero http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/be-your-own-superhero <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-conditioning/be-your-own-superhero" 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/201501/newyorkcomiccon2013supermansuitscrop.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">Training can help us discover our inner strengths, cope with adversity, and use these strengths for greater purpose. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Pavel Tsatsouline once asked a question to which I did not know the answer and it has stuck with me for a while. </strong>&ldquo;What is the American fascination with superheroes?&rdquo;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">I did my best Clark Kent impression (Christopher Reeve version) and bumbled through an answer. <strong>To someone from outside of the American culture it might seem foreign to dream of having superpowers.</strong> In our convenient lifestyle, maybe we dream of hardships that show our true character.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/be-your-own-superhero" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle goal setting goals hero workouts mind body sports psychology strength and conditioning Sports Psychology Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:00:00 +0000 31331 at http://breakingmuscle.com Drilling the Basics for BJJ Success http://breakingmuscle.com/brazilian-jiu-jitsu/drilling-the-basics-for-bjj-success <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/brazilian-jiu-jitsu/drilling-the-basics-for-bjj-success" 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/201501/bjjsli.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">There are two methods that all BJJ practitioners should be drilling on a daily basis. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>The best athletes in the world all have something in common.</strong> They spend thousands of hours drilling and practicing technique outside of practice. The top basketball players spend hours shooting free throws on top of the work they are getting during practice. Baseball players spend time outside of practice throwing and catching.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/brazilian-jiu-jitsu/drilling-the-basics-for-bjj-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> basics BJJ brazilian jiu jitsu breakingmuscle drilling jiu jitsu martial arts repetition Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 31341 at http://breakingmuscle.com Respect Your Joints: Lessons Learned After My Biceps Injury http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/breaking-tendon-lessons-from-my-ruptured-biceps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/mobility-recovery/breaking-tendon-lessons-from-my-ruptured-biceps" 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/201501/biceps9612122014.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">If you feel pain on a regular basis, it's time to examine your workouts as the possible culprit. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">If you&rsquo;re a mature, experienced weight trainer and you&rsquo;re noticing more aches and pains lately, you may be wondering if your workouts are part of the problem.<strong> If your experiences are similar to mine, they probably are.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">What I learned from my own ruptured biceps may help you avoid injury. <strong>I&rsquo;ll explain what happened, what I did about it, and leave you with an idea of how to make your own training easier on your joints.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/breaking-tendon-lessons-from-my-ruptured-biceps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> arms biceps bodybuilder bodybuilding breakingmuscle injuries Recovery Mobility & Recovery Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:00:00 +0000 31326 at http://breakingmuscle.com Submission Series 902: Canada's First Submission-Only Event http://breakingmuscle.com/brazilian-jiu-jitsu/submission-series-902-canadas-first-submission-only-event <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/brazilian-jiu-jitsu/submission-series-902-canadas-first-submission-only-event" 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/201501/109223773177768817530891298370437914187399o.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 event was one of the best experiences I have ever had as a spectator of combat sports. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>This past Friday night, I attended Submission Series 902, Canada&rsquo;s first submission-only Brazilian jiu jitsu event. </strong>It took place at <a href="http://www.glasgowsquare.com/" target="_blank">Glasgow Square</a> in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, which is about 160 kilometers outside of our capital city, Halifax.</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/201501/pass001ed.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/brazilian-jiu-jitsu/submission-series-902-canadas-first-submission-only-event" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BJJ brazilian jiu jitsu breakingmuscle canada fighting jiu jitsu submission grappling Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:00:00 +0000 31301 at http://breakingmuscle.com Smart Strength With Charles Staley: A Weekly Q&A http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/smart-strength-with-charles-staley-a-weekly-qa <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-conditioning/smart-strength-with-charles-staley-a-weekly-qa" 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/201501/staley.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">Strength training veteran Charles Staley is here to answer our readers' questions about life and lifting. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Note: </strong>This week we&rsquo;re launching my <em>Question &amp; Answer With Charles Staley</em> column. If you have a question for me, post it in the comments and I&rsquo;ll add it to my list.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/smart-strength-with-charles-staley-a-weekly-qa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete journal breakingmuscle lifting shoes mobility powerlifting q&a training log weightlifting Strength & Conditioning Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000 31316 at http://breakingmuscle.com