12 Reps – The Breaking Muscle Digest – Vol. 1, Issue 2

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

We’re back with twelve of the most interesting, inspiring, and informative articles and videos from the past week and from the dim and distant past, chosen with love just for you, our loyal reader.

Top Video of the Week:

Sima Tamaddon shows how to improve your front squat rack strength and mobility (read: comfort) with this impressive video demonstration and instruction. Click here for the entire article, which includes the video.

Reader Favorites of the Week:

THE FEMALE GUIDE TO GETTING LEAN – Do you have some “storage” that just won’t budge no matter what you’ve tried? A fitness competitor reveals her secrets.

6 MOBILITY EXERCISES FOR AN ATG SQUAT – If you struggle to squat to parallel with hands overhead, try any of these six techniques from physiotherapist Cassie Dionne.

STRAIGHTENING UP: PROGRESSIVE POSTURE ALIGNMENT (4-WEEK VIDEO PROGRAM) – Alleviate pain and fatigue by gently realigning your body with this four-week, four-video series.

TWO OVER-60 ATHLETES WHO PROVE YOU CAN COMPETE AT ANY AGE – We can’t all be twenty-something firebreathers, and even those of us who are won’t be forever. Get inspired at any age by these two real-life stories.

GLOBOGYMS AND BUTTWINK: SMART STRENGTH WITH CHARLES STALEY – Get answers to life’s persistent questions from “The Secret Weapon,” coach Charles Staley. Fun stuff here.

Workout Programs: Muscle Up Focus

MANY MUSCLE UPS: A 4-WEEK PROGRESSION – Once you’ve got the muscle up figured out, you’re on a new level. But there’s a lot of room to move up from there. Join CrossFit Games athlete Phil Hesketh for this precision program to skyrocket your muscle up endurance.

THE KEY TO CONQUERING THE ELUSIVE MUSCLE UP – Not ready for multiples yet? Specific training for when you’re close to that first muscle up, but can’t quite get over the top.

MUSCLE UP VIRTUOSITY WITH COACH DUSTY HYLAND – An eight video series on the fundamentals through the finer points of the muscle up.

From the Archives:

GET STRONGER WITHOUT GETTING BIGGER – Want to move bigger weights but not increase your weight? Learn what factors you can optimize for strength without bulk.

SQUAT THERAPY: 4 DRILLS FOR A BETTER SQUAT – Techniques to use during your active recovery periods to improve your squat mechanics. Learn them and use them – you’ll be glad you did.

COACH, I CAN’T DO PULL UPS: 7 TIPS TO GET YOU THERE – Just like the title says. Includes links to a few other programs to improve your pull up performances.

Thanks for reading – see you all next week for another installment.

The Breaking Muscle Team