Every Sunday we post the "Sunday Seven" so you can quickly see the 7 most popular articles of the week. This week's popular articles cover foam rolling, girls and sports, how to gain strength without gaining weight, priorities, beetroot, and more!

 

1. What Is a Foam Roller, How Do I Use It, and Why Does It Hurt? (Jeff Kuhland)

So you've got a foam roller, but do you know how to use it? Do you know what it's actually doing and why it hurts? Here's some info on how to do self-myofascial release (that's what it's called).

 

2. Surviving (Socially) the Beginner Phase of BJJ (Valerie Worthington)

Getting started in BJJ is hard enough, but chances are you're also a bit of a social pariah around your academy. There's a reason for this, and there are also better and worse ways to get through it.

 

3. Keeping Girl Athletes in the Game (Danette "Dizzle" Rivera)

Being physically active is important for the health of young women, both physically and mentally. But more of them are dropping out of sports than ever. How can we change this?

 

4. How To Get Stronger Without Getting Bigger (Sabina Skala)

If you compete in martial arts or any of the combat sports, then getting stronger while still being able to make your weight class is important. Learn how to get strong without getting big.

 

5. Prioritize and Let Prioritize: Respecting Decisions You May Not Understand (Valerie Worthington)

As people who take our training seriously, we sometimes meet resistance from the rest of the world. Don't our priorities matter as much as theirs? Why don't we all respect each others choices?

 

6. Endurance Athletes: Beetroot Can Improve Your Performance (Brad Sly)

Beetroot is packed full of nitrate, which our body turns into nitric oxide. NO is a known vasodilator. It improves endurance and performance and is a natural whole food. Read on for more details.

 

7. The Perfect Squat: 7 Articles To Help You Achieve It (Breaking Muscle HQ)

Squatting: the primordial movement. Who would think you could say so much about such a basic position? Here are 7 articles about this fundamental movement - and some tips for how you can improve it.

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