Welcome to our weekend roundup, Three of the Best! Every Saturday, 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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[Photo courtesy of Cara Kobernik]


#1 - Adrenal Fatigue and the Athlete

By Lauryn Lax


If you experience constant fatigue or a plateau in your training, you might find yourself saying things like, “If I just dial in my diet some more,” or “If I just add in a little cardio…” But what you really need is rest, permission to de-stress, a careful look at your nutrition, and education. 
The majority of us will experience adrenal fatigue at some point in our lives. What is it, and how do you know if you're at risk?




#2 - Diastasis Recti and the Athlete

By Nicole Crawford


After the birth of my second child, I had some serious complications that kept me in bed for six weeks. That period of immobility, combined with the pressure of pregnancy and a cesarean section, left me with significant abdominal weakness.


It took me about nine months to realize there was a lot more going on than weakness. One day, while doing one of those typical “Mom wants to get her belly back to normal” ab routines, it dawned on me that I should probably check to see if my abs were still separated. Sure enough, the six-pack ab muscles I had been so proud of regaining after my first daughter’s birth were long gone. In their place, I was left with a gaping abyss that could easily accommodate my entire fist. Sure enough, the doctor diagnosed diastasis recti.




#3 - Turbo Charged Kettlebells: Setting the Foundation

By Brandon Hofer


Knowing when you need external input to jolt you awake and back into growth mode is a mark of true character and maturity. And by growth, I don’t just mean physical growth or muscle growth. I’m talking about the multi-dimensional growth that happens in conjunction with physical challenges and pushes your own limits of self-understanding and capability.


As we dive into higher-level kettlebell skills, the imperative to maintain the essentials of the basic skills becomes even more critical. Follow along with this new series to breathe new life into your training.




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