12 Reps - The Breaking Muscle Digest - Vol. 1, Issue 22

Twelve reader favorites from the past week and from the archives, curated to save you time and bring you happiness.

Get the Lowdown on Low-Carb: Is It for You?

The low-carb world can be confusing. Here's a rundown of how this approach might help and how to do it.

Will Static Stretching Make You a Better Runner?

Research shows that dynamic movement is the best way for a runner to warm-up, but static stretching can help improve overall movement.

5 Underrated Reasons You Should Pick Up a Martial Art

From finding the calm in chaos to learning how to roll with the punches, martial arts will make you a stronger person.

CrossFit and the Real Meaning of "No Excuses"

When my 4:45 alarm goes off and I want to throw it at the wall, I think of Joe Fonseca.

5 Steps to Easy Weekly Meal Preparation

If you're wondering how to organize your weekly meals, these simple guidelines are sure to get you going in the right direction.

A Recipe for Summer Fun in the Sun (And Mad Skewer Skills)

Summer is almost over, so pick a date and plan for a night with no phone, no gym, and lots of delicious food.

Beat the Dog Days of Summer With New PRs and Friendly Competition

Don't let the dog days of summer rob you of your hard-earned strength and conditioning.

Cure Low Back Pain: Contract and Press for Hip Alignment

Regain balance from left to right with these three easy and feel-good exercises.

Train Your Mind: The Real Meaning of "Mind Over Matter"

Before embarking on any form of training, it is important for us to have our mind in the right place.

Use Eccentric Movements to Build Strength and Improve Flexibility

Learn how to use eccentrics to help you build muscle and achieve your goals.

The Real Way to Train Your Stabilizers (NOT 3 Sets of 10)

Unless you’re rehabilitating from a surgery, training stabilizing muscles in strength sets and reps is a waste of time.

How to Be a Thinking Athlete: A User’s Guide to the Brain

Take your strength to new levels with this user's guide to creating a training system for your brain.

Skipping Leg Day: Smart Strength With Charles Staley

This week, Charles answers our reader's questions about leg size, testosterone replacement therapy, and lifting for hypertrophy.

Why Local Functional Fitness Competitions Are a Good Thing

From relationship-building to motivation, here are four reasons while small competitions are a big deal.

The Most Memorable Fitness Swindles of the Last 30 Years

P.T. Barnum once said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Nowhere is this truer than in the fitness world.

My Transition From Professional Baseball to Competitive CrossFit

CrossFit and baseball are both sports, but that's where the similarities end.

Master the V-Sit to Develop Athleticism and Injury-Proof Shoulders

Follow these progressions on your way to building the strength to perform this fundamental gymnastic movement.

Junior Athlete Strength and Conditioning: Your Role As a Coach

As a coach working with youth, there are a few things that you need to get straight.

Keep (Sumo) Deadlifting: Unorthodox Rehab for Lumbar Injuries

Lumbar spine rehab is about movement pattern correction and re-education. Sumo deadlifts are one way to achieve those results.