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.

BCAAs and Taurine Reduce DOMS

If you've ever had DOMS before you've probably wondered how to keep it from happening again. In a recent study, taurine and BCAAs were a winning combo for DOMS prevention.

3 Tools to Amp Up Your Gym Business for the New Year and 1 Big No-No

If you're a fitness professional, you're bracing yourself for the onslaught of New Year's resolution clients. Here are three tools you should use, and one big mistake you should avoid.

Chet Morjaria's Strongman Holiday Wish List

We all like to play with heavy things. Here are ten fun suggestions for strongman kit that will have you itching to lift stones and pull trucks.

7 Tips for Busting Sugar Cravings During the Holidays

What strategies can we use to avoid loading up on sugar more than we usually do over the holidays? I’ve got a few solutions that have worked for me, and I’d like to share them with you.

The Expression of Strength, Part 2 – Speed Strength

Speed-strength has two components, starting strength and explosive strength. We touched on starting strength previously, but now need to be more specific to understand what is happening.

3 Pain-Relieving Yoga Poses for Distance Runners

I'm currently training for a half-marathon, and I'm grateful to have a yoga practice to mend my body after my long runs. Here are some poses that help my sore body.

How to Squat More Without Getting Stronger

Here are eight ways you can increase your squat without getting any stronger. Believe me, you already have the strength. It’s simply a case of learning how to tap into it.

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