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.


Yoga is an element that belongs in every athlete's training program.


#1 - Can't Touch Your Toes? Find and Fix the Root of the Problem

By Perry Nickelston

Just because the hamstrings are tight doesn't mean they need stretching. Always look deeper before stretching anything. There are many reasons you can't touch your toes. Let's examine the issues.



#2 - 6 Elements That Belong in Every Athlete's Training Program

By Chris Holder


Don't allow yourself to become so specialized or sport-specific that your program gets away from what really matters. I've noticed if I move away from any of the focused 6, problems surface or my athletes take longer to prepare for competition. Add them into your coaching and you'll see why.




#3 - Defeat Poor CrossFit Movement With These Work-Rest Strategies

By Craig Marker


For long-term durability, quality of movement is more important than how much you lifted or how fast you did something. No one will care how well you did on today’s workout three years from now, but you will remember if you injure yourself due to poor movement. 




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Photo courtesy of Chris Holder.