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.


Six unwritten rules for your gym.


#1 - The Unwritten Rules of the CrossFit Open

By Chet Morjaria


Whatever you think of the CrossFit Open, there’s no denying it’s a huge undertaking for all involved, from Castro, to box owners, and all the way to you, the athlete.


But whereas Castro seemingly has no interest in making your life any more enjoyable with his rules, your box owner and your coaches do. Here are six unwritten rules on how to help your coaches, your fellow athletes, and yourself ensure this CrossFit Open is an enjoyable one for everyone involved. (Apart from Castro. He can go suck lemons.)




#2 - Sleep Better: A Proven Way to Train Hard and Feel Your Best

By Cassie Dionne


We know sleep is imperative to health. But people seldom realize the extent it affects our recovery and susceptibility to injury. As a physical therapist, I have a special interest in how sleep affects both the risk of becoming injured and recovery from existing injury. So this article is going to be all about sleep – both in general and as it specifically relates to injuries.



#3 - Old School Jump Training for Olympic Lifters

By Dresdin Archibald


Plyometric movements increase potential muscular force and speed, resulting in increased power. This can translate into many athletic skills, from higher jumps, to faster sprints, to bigger Olympic lifts.


Plyometrics was called "jump training" in the old days, but now we use this fancy Greek term (or "plyo," for short). It's a technique you can use to train for almost any activity that uses explosive movements.




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