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.


Most human beings want an ideal body.


#1 - Why You're Thinking Yourself Out of the Perfect Body

By Ramy Saleh


Most human beings want an ideal body. It’s just natural. Our bodies are a symbol of attraction, and it’s engrained in our DNA to want to be attractive to other members of our species.


However, if you ask people around you if they are truly satisfied with their bodies, their answer will most likely be no. Most people try over and over again to get the body they want, but without much success. Only the lucky few reach a point where having their ideal body is no longer a destination but is a part of their identity. So why do some people make it and some don’t?




#2 - Lateral Training for Athleticism and Injury Prevention

By Mark Bixby


Generally when you train, you probably either move forward or stand in place. You might go for a run with some distant goal in mind, race toward the end zone or goal, or pick up heavy weights and root yourself to build stability under load.  


Lateral training is a great way to achieve a better symmetry between stability, mobility, weight shifting, and postural alignment. If you put the time in to practice these skills, you'll drastically improve your ability to make these movements effortlessly and at full speed.




#3 - Stronger Lats for Stronger Lifts

By Mike Dewar


Back development (or lack thereof) can tell you a lot about a lifter. Regardless of the sport, a strong back is fundamental to peak performance. Without full development of the lats, erectors, traps, and rhomboids, your lifts will falter, performance will plateau, and injury will ensue.

Add these exercises into your warm-up routines, strength sets, or corrective segments, and facilitate those gains.




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Photo courtesy of Mohamed Ashour, CrossFit Stars.