Athlete Journal: Jess Papi, Entry 15 - 2/11/2014

2014 is off to a good start! I’ve been enjoying my time off from school, my gym is getting a lot of new students who are eager to learn, and I’ve been getting a ton of great training.

The 8 Most Hated Exercises

I recently conducted a poll to find out which exercises you hate but know are good for you. Here are the top eight exercises, based on 76 responses and listed from least to most reviled.

10 Top 10 Lists of 2013 (Plus Editor's Top 10 Picks)

At the turn of the year, it's nice to sit back and take a look at the top articles of the year gone by. Here they are along with an overall Breaking Muscle top 10 and "Editors Picks."

Product Review: ProBar Bolt Fruit Chews

ProBar Bolt fruit chews provide a delicious, energy-boosting, organic pre-workout snack in four different flavors.

Athlete Journal: Charles Staley, Entry 72 - Kettlebell Snatch Personal Record

This week I set a new 5-minute snatch PR. My job now is to gradually increase both quantitative and qualitative measures of progress from week to week.

Friday Flicks: Wheelchair Freestyle on the Ramps

We're willing to bet you've not seen anything like this video before. Watch Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham take to the ramps in his customized wheelchair.

Book Review: "Gluten Is My Bitch" by April Peveteaux

If you're new to a gluten-free way of living, "Gluten Is My Bitch" is just for you, and you may want to have your friends and family members read it as well.

Starting Out at 40: A Plan for Greater Health and Fitness

If you’re starting on your fitness journey later in life this is for you. What I hope to provide in this series is a logical plan to get you safely on the path towards greater health and fitness.

Why Successful People Don't Set Goals and You Shouldn't Either

It's popular to push the setting of goals, but what if setting goals could actually be a negative thing? And is it something that successful people actually even do? Evidence shows otherwise.

Sprinting With a Weighted Vest: Help or Hindrance?

The weight vest is frequently used as a progression tool. A new study asks whether using a weight vest can improve sprint times.

Athlete Journal: Alli Moyer, Entry 10 - 1/9/2014

I celebrated Christmas with the 12 Days of Christmas WOD and rang in the New Year with a solid nine hours of sleep and 10lb clean PR. People might think I'm weird, but I've learned that's okay.

Video: Hip-Opening Yoga for People Who Sit, Run, or Bike

This hip-opener flow is absolutely one of my favorite sequences. It releases tension in the hip flexors, outer hips, and glutes, and is great for everyBODY.

What Strongman Training Can Teach Weightlifters and Workers

How does functional training affect us outside the gym, particularly at work? We might learn a few of the strongmen’s tricks that will make an industrial labor job a bit easier.

Are Handstands Good For You? A Yoga Teacher's Perspective

As a yoga teacher, the upside of the handstand craze is it draws hundreds of new yogis to the practice. The downside is an overemphasis on strength in just a few parts of the body.

What's Preventing You From Doing Pistol Squats? How to Progress Pistols

Consider this article to be a user’s manual of sorts for the pistol, complete with a step-by-step progression as well as a troubleshooting guide.

15 Things You’re Probably Not Doing Enough Of

Through my time as both a strength athlete and strength coach, I’ve discovered some very effective aspects of training that, for whatever reason, have not hit most people’s radars yet.

You Can't Out-Train a Bad Diet, But Exercise Sure Does Help

While it's true that you can't out-exercise a bad diet, that doesn't mean exercise doesn't help. A new study explored the effects of high-intensity exercise on your lipid profile.

Athlete Journal: James Kearns, Entry 1 - 1/8/2014

Due to sickness and the New Year, my first athlete journal entry is a bit sparse, but I'm planning to get into action to prepare for my first competition of the year.

Interview with Emily Kwok: On Babies and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

I recently spoke with BJJ black belt about her new role as mother and asked her to shed some light on what happens to female athletes after they have babies.

What Is Healthy Eating? Turning the Food Pyramid Upside Down

Did you know that the official USDA food pyramid is actually the opposite of the food pyramid proposed by the USDA nutritionists?

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