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 - The Minimalist's Guide to Eating Well on a Budget

By Marc Halpern


If you are on tight food budget but want to eat in a way that supports a healthy body composition, you’re in luck. You cut out the noise of the diet industry when you have to focus on the foods with the most impact. Supplements can be useful, but they won’t stretch your dollar very far. Having a solid base of food can make all your body composition dreams come true. The task of losing weight will be slightly cheaper than gaining mass. However, both can be done on a shoestring budget.




#2 - Size, Strength, or Power? A Training Method Primer

By Brad Borland


What is your ultimate goal: to gain size, strength, or power? Do your workouts reflect that goal? Or do you train blindly without any rhyme or reason?


There are proven methods for developing each of these three qualities. Training like an Olympic lifter won’t maximize the size of your muscles. Conversely, training like a bodybuilder won’t maximize your strength. Common threads weave through each training protocol, and understanding their similarities, differences, and how they relate to one another will make you better equipped to reach your goal.




#3 - An Odd Implement for Surprising Strength: The Slosh Pipe

By Walter Dorey


Sometimes men do weird things for no other reason than to “mix it up” with one another. Classic boys-being-boys behavior. I remember one such instance years ago when a co-worker pounced on me out of the blue.


I want to give you the tools to develop the kind of unexpected, gorilla-like strength I used to hold my own against my coworker. The next tool you will need for the program I am building to get you there requires some assembly: the slosh pipe.




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