Top 10 Women's Fitness Articles of 2013

This top ten list of articles is for the female athletes out there who want to get stronger, feel better, and celebrate the female form in athletics and otherwise.

Using the Stretch Shortening Cycle for Improved Efficiency

Although the stretch shortening cycle is an important facet of exercise, there's still a lot we don't know about it. A new study examined the role of SSC in movement efficiency in men and women.

Athlete Journal: Alli Moyer, Entry 9 - 12/24/2013

I've learned that confidence is key during holiday time. The most important thing during the holiday is to celebrate the way you want to, whether that means training or taking a break.

Off-Season Strength Training for Cyclists: More Foundation Work Into the New Year

This month’s article deals with subtle changes to the off-season strength training program, mostly in the area of intensity. The bottom line remains the same: build a strong foundation.

Top 10 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Articles of 2013

With more and more people taking to the mats, Brazilian jiu jitsu was a popular topic in 2013. We featured a range of excellent articles covering all aspects of the sport.

Athlete Journal: Terry Hadlow, Entry 10 - 12/23/2013

Despite ongoing home renovations and taking more rest days than usual, I still managed to get in some great training with lower volume this week.

3 Things You Absolutely Need to Achieve Your Goals

Having spent a plethora of hours coaching people in both nutrition and movement, there are some key factors that are extremely consistent among almost all clients who actually meet their goals.

Top 10 CrossFit Articles of 2013

CrossFit was definitely a hot topic this year at Breaking Muscle. Here are our top 10 most popular articles on CrossFit from 2013!

The Gene That Might Make You a Better Athlete

Although genetics certainly aren't the only factor in athleticism, they do play a role. A new study has identified one gene in particular that makes a big difference in athletic performance.

Video: Ben Musholt - Tip-Toe Leg Strength

In this video, Ben demonstrates how to use the tip-toe position to add variety to your basic lower body strength activities.

Sunday Seven: The Week's 7 Most Popular Articles, Vol. 90

Every Sunday we post the "Sunday Seven" so you can quickly see the seven most popular articles of the week. This week: common training mistakes, reality TV, squatting more weight, and more!

Athlete Journal: Jess Papi, Entry 12 - 12/21/2013

School has ended for the semester and I'm getting in as much training as possible. I’m sad that I have to go back to school eventually, but I’m going to enjoy this while it lasts.

How to Shoot a Cannon Out of a Canoe

Place a cannon in a canoe. Shoot it, and only minimal distance will be achieved. Improve the strength of your lower body to optimize your launching ability.

7 Articles to Warm You Up for Winter

As the temperature drops and the weather changes for the worse, it doesn't mean your spirits need to drop or your training needs to change for the worse. Here are eight articles to fire you up.

Product Review: Stuffitts

Wet and smelly shoes are one of the worst things in athletics short of injury, so do yourself a favor and get yourself a pair of Stuffitts if this is a problem you regularly face.

Athlete Journal: Charles Staley, Entry 70 - High Rep Kettlebell Work

I've started doing high-rep kettlebell swings in preparation for the Tactical Strength Challenge in April. This week was the first time I had tried it, and I was pleased with the results.

Friday Flicks: The Art of Flight - Snowboarding Trailer With Travis Rice

It's difficult to decide which is more breathtaking, the scenery or the unbelievable terrain these fearless individuals conquer.

The Proper Way to Plan and Set Goals for the New Year

New Year is a good time to reflect upon things past and make plans for the future. As Mark Twain said, “Plan for the future because that's where you are going to spend the rest of your life.”

Integrating Yoga for Athletes: What Athletes Really Need

There is a misconception that athletes want a challenging and power-based yoga practice. I always ask my athletes what they need and it is always a unanimous response of stretching and meditation.

10 Things All Strong People Know

There will sometimes be in the course of a man’s life when he is presented with an object he strongly desires to lift. Here are ten things all strong fellows know.