Welcome to our 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 - Man Food: Nutrition to Increase Testosterone

By Alex McMahon


Testosterone is the hormone that makes men, men.


Increasing testosterone naturally requires a full lifestyle overhaul, impacting everything from sleep habits, to stress management, and diet. Nutrition plays a pivotal part in your ability to make testosterone, because it supplies the raw materials your body will use to make the hormone.




#2 - Stress Is Ruining Your Fitness

By Andrew Read


Training really comes down to one thing: stress management. In the gym you add stress to try to push your body to a new level. Outside the gym, you do everything you can to alleviate the stress imposed in the gym.


When you achieve the right balance, you get what is called super-compensation, or training adaptation. When it’s wrong, you get over-reaching, which could make you too fatigued to train hard enough to stimulate change. If you go even further down the wrong track, you end up with over-training, which can lead to a near total system shut down.




#3 - Unlock Power and Performance With a Golf Ball

By Chris Holder


Most of you have screwed up feet, and don't even realize it. Thanks to the crazy choices we make in footwear, our feet have become pathologically weak. We have created a nightmare situation, not only for our feet, but also for everything up the chain.


Regardless of the type of shoe you wear, one thing is certain. Shoes cut your feet off from the world. When a layer of rubber is between your foot and the ground, the nerve endings that provide the brain with proprioceptive feedback and copious amounts of information are being neutered. It’s happening to all of us, and most of us don’t know it.




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