Welcome to our brand new weekend roundup, Three of the Best! Every Sunday, we'll post up Breaking Muscle's top three articles of the week. These pieces have caught your attention throughout the last seven days. So here they are in one place for you to consume, digest, and enjoy.


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#1 - Welcome to College Athletics: A Letter From Your Strength Coach

By Chris Holder


I’m aware you were All-Conference three years in a row and got letters from dozens of schools, inflating not only your own perception of yourself, but the perception of everyone around you. But your high school game won’t cut it here. You were the best player on your team the past few years, but that is no longer the case. Much the opposite.



#2 - A Unified Theory of Deadlifting

By Andrew Lock


Let’s address the elephant in the room. Every world record deadlift I have ever seen has been performed with lumbar flexion. The lumbar spine is not in neutral. It’s a fact. At the end of this article you will understand why. I’ll show you exactly what you need to know, including evidence from physics, physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, and exercise science.




#3 - CrossFitters: Stuck In a Strength Rut? Implement These Strategies

By Ramy Saleh


Absolute, raw strength is at the base of the strength pyramid. Give me an athlete with a high level of absolute strength, and I can increase his or her strength endurance, power endurance, and competition readiness in no time.




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