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 - The Case for Specialized Glute Training

By Craig Marker


Strength coaches like complex movements that recruit multiple muscle groups. These movements are closer to athletic skills and may transfer to the playing field better than isolation exercises. So when an athlete wants to focus on his or her glutes, they are often advised to perform kettlebell swings, deadlifts, and low bar back squats. 
But is there a case for a dedicated glute exercise?




#2 - Movement Is Bigger Than Fitness

By Chandler Stevens


Your brain and body are in a constant dialogue, communicating through sensory-motor cues. Every movement is really a complex interaction of sensory input going to the brain from the body and motor outputs coming from the brain to the body. Nothing is static. Everything we do, and everything we are is a process.


In the grand scheme of things, your PRs and race times aren’t that important. There, I’ve said it. Hang tight with me here. We’re going to explore what movement means for the big picture of human health, both mental and physical.




#3 - There's Nothing Fancy About Getting Fitter

By Charles Staley


The overwhelming majority of us want to be leaner and stronger. Strength may take precedence for some, and body composition may be more important to others, but we all want a combination of the two.


When it comes to making the most of your efforts in the gym, forget the hacks. These are the tried-and-true ways to get lean and strong.




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