Breaking Muscle https://breakingmuscle.com/feed/rss en Cycling: 4 Ways to Test Your Progress https://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/cycling-4-ways-to-test-your-progress <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/cycling-4-ways-to-test-your-progress" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201508/simonheader.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">Gauge where you are with your cycling progress by using one, or all, of these testing methods. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>I am fanatical about numbers</strong>. I guess that comes with an engineering science background. I find that measuring things helps to keep training focused and gives you an understanding of where you are in your performance or fitness journey. I am a firm believer in the maxim, &ldquo;What gets measured get done.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There are <strong>many ways you can measure your cycling progress</strong> and here are a few, ranging from the simple to the more complex.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/cycling-4-ways-to-test-your-progress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling efficiency ergometer fitness test time trial Cycling Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000 154836 at https://breakingmuscle.com Dark Chocolate Ice Cream With Raspberries on Top: Yes Please! https://breakingmuscle.com/recipes/dark-chocolate-ice-cream-with-raspberries-on-top-yes-please <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/recipes/dark-chocolate-ice-cream-with-raspberries-on-top-yes-please" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201508/cropdouble-choc-ice-cream.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">This recipe is decadent, creamy, and completely dairy-free. I know it seems impossible, but it's true. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Enjoying a decadent creamy dessert was an idea I had tossed away as unattainable when I first decided to go dairy-free. </strong>Many of the dairy-free confections that were passed off as ice cream were more icy than creamy and just couldn&rsquo;t compare to my old favorite indulgence of a true custard-style ice cream. The smooth mouthfeel that we define as creamy can only be created with fats, so using a base that doesn&rsquo;t have much fat, like almond milk, will not result in the same experience.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/recipes/dark-chocolate-ice-cream-with-raspberries-on-top-yes-please" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle chocolate dairy desserts Food healthy treat recipe recipes Recipes Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000 154881 at https://breakingmuscle.com Motor Control and Movement Patterns: A Must-Read for Athletes https://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/motor-control-and-movement-patterns-a-must-read-for-athletes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/mobility-recovery/motor-control-and-movement-patterns-a-must-read-for-athletes" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201508/camanchoheader.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">Don't overlook your movement patterns but instead learn how to keep yourself safe and make gains. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>&ldquo;Movement patterns,&rdquo; &ldquo;motor programs,&rdquo; what does it all mean?</strong> In the last couple of years the fitness field has become inundated with these terms. Despite the apparent trendiness of the concept, motor control is an extremely important facet of athletic performance, and it&rsquo;s a rather involved topic that utilizes pieces of neurology, neuroscience, psychology, and exercise.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/motor-control-and-movement-patterns-a-must-read-for-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle corrective exercise motor control movement patterns muscle Mobility & Recovery Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:00:00 +0000 154841 at https://breakingmuscle.com Conditioning for Fighting with Mike Perry, Part II: Aerobic Fitness https://breakingmuscle.com/mma/conditioning-for-fighting-with-mike-perry-part-ii-aerobic-fitness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/mma/conditioning-for-fighting-with-mike-perry-part-ii-aerobic-fitness" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201508/d5c9619-681x1024.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">Training this way will help you get past being a "first round hero" and give you energy in later rounds. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Last week, <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/conditioning-for-fighting-with-mike-perry-part-i-energy-systems-101" target="_blank">I discussed energy systems with Mike Perry</a>, from the <a href="http://www.skillofstrength.com/" target="_blank">Skill of Strength</a>. </strong>This week, we will use our knowledge of energy systems to discuss how to condition MMA fighters. The training protocols discussed below are valuable for anyone who has unpredictability in their sport or work.</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/mma/conditioning-for-fighting-with-mike-perry-part-ii-aerobic-fitness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle conditioning fighting mixed martial arts MMA strength and conditioning MMA Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000 154831 at https://breakingmuscle.com A 4-Week Plan for Getting Started With a Jogging Stroller https://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-4-week-plan-for-getting-started-with-a-jogging-stroller <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/a-4-week-plan-for-getting-started-with-a-jogging-stroller" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201508/cropshutterstock215475844.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 with a stroller is humbling and difficult, but it can also help you improve. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Being a parent can make you better at life or it can make you worse. </strong>There is very little grey area. There are some things I&#39;ve gotten worse at, like keeping up with the laundry and drinking coffee in moderation. But in other areas, I&#39;ve improved, thanks to my three kiddos. One of those areas is running.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://img6.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201508/texastough10kkids.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-4-week-plan-for-getting-started-with-a-jogging-stroller" target="_blank">read more</a></p> babies breakingmuscle endurance family parenting parents runners running Family & Kids Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000 154796 at https://breakingmuscle.com The Dangers of Hyperventilation (And CrossFit Social Media) https://breakingmuscle.com/functional-fitness/the-dangers-of-hyperventilation-and-crossfit-social-media <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/functional-fitness/the-dangers-of-hyperventilation-and-crossfit-social-media" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201508/shutterstock184627937.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">A recent Facebook post by CrossFit HQ underlined the importance of responsible social media use. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>When we were kids, we all had contests in the pool to see who could hold his or her breath the longest. <strong>That&rsquo;s a rite of passage as a kid in summer, claiming your spot as the reigning champ of underwater breath holding.</strong> It wasn&rsquo;t long before some wise guy, usually an older cousin, told you that if you took a couple of quick, deep breaths, you would be able to hold your breath even longer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/functional-fitness/the-dangers-of-hyperventilation-and-crossfit-social-media" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle crossfit crossfit hq social media swimming underwater water sports Functional Fitness Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:00:00 +0000 154806 at https://breakingmuscle.com 3 Must-Read Books: Smart Strength With Charles Staley https://breakingmuscle.com/smart-strength/3-must-read-books-smart-strength-with-charles-staley <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/smart-strength/3-must-read-books-smart-strength-with-charles-staley" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201508/12.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">Charles reveals his three favorite books about strength training as well as his go-to post workout meal (hint: it isn't always a meal). </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><em style="font-family: abel, sans-serif; line-height: 22.3999996185303px; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 14.3999996185303px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Note: Charles is here on a weekly basis to help you cut through the B.S. and get to the bottom of the biggest questions in health and training.&nbsp;</strong>Post your questions directly to Charles in the comments below this article.</span></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/smart-strength/3-must-read-books-smart-strength-with-charles-staley" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete journal books breakingmuscle mature athlete overtraining powerlifting powerlifting smart strength Smart Strength Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000 154786 at https://breakingmuscle.com The Beginner's Guide to Competing in Kettlebell Sport https://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-beginners-guide-to-competing-in-kettlebell-sport <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/the-beginners-guide-to-competing-in-kettlebell-sport" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201508/new08e6ab3.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">When you live and breathe a sport, it can be easy to forget that not everyone knows about it. Here's what you need to know about my passion - kettlebell sport. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>When your love for a sport is all consuming and you live it and breathe it every day with a passion, <strong>it can be easy to forget that not everyone understands what it is about, or even knows about it.</strong> That happens to me a lot. Kettlebell sport is ingrained deeply in my life.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-beginners-guide-to-competing-in-kettlebell-sport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kettlebell sport kettlebell technique kettlebell training kettlebells Kettlebells Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000 154781 at https://breakingmuscle.com Strength Training for Yogis: How Squats Can Help Your Yoga https://breakingmuscle.com/yoga/strength-training-for-yogis-how-squats-can-help-your-yoga <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/yoga/strength-training-for-yogis-how-squats-can-help-your-yoga" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201508/squatcollagecrop.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">Squats are the first step to finding balance between yoga and strength training. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>One of the most functional movements the body performs is a full squat. </strong>When done correctly, a squat strengthens the core, spinal erectors, glutes, hip flexors, hamstrings, and quads. In addition, range of motion improves within the hips and ankles, as well as athletic power for lifting, jumping, and running.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/yoga/strength-training-for-yogis-how-squats-can-help-your-yoga" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle hatha yoga squats strength and conditioning strength training yoga Yoga Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:00:00 +0000 154776 at https://breakingmuscle.com Looking for Gains? Manipulate Your Training for Hormone Optimization https://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/looking-for-gains-manipulate-your-training-for-hormone-optimization-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/health-medicine/looking-for-gains-manipulate-your-training-for-hormone-optimization-0" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201508/shutterstock243810991ed.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">You can spend money on products to give you an edge, or you can learn how to tap into the power of your own body. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>With the rampant use of steroids and performance enhancing drugs, it&rsquo;s easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest product or &ldquo;aid&rdquo; that just might give you the edge you&rsquo;ve been looking for.<strong> But rather than looking for the newest thing out there, we should consider one of the oldest - the human body itself.</strong> It turns out, this amazing piece of machinery we get to use every day has built-in performance enhancers known as hormones.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/looking-for-gains-manipulate-your-training-for-hormone-optimization-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cortisol hormone optimization hormones human growth hormone strength and conditioning testosterone Health & Medicine Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000 154746 at https://breakingmuscle.com