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.


Use waiter's walks to support shoulder strength and health.


#1 - Train Your Body to Love Holding Heavy Weights Overhead

By Craig Marker


Coaches can give cues, but the waiter’s walk provides direct feedback. As you walk, the weight bounces and moves. Each movement teaches the body how to counteract that force. This develops neural patterns and shoulder strength that are invaluable under load.




#2 - Gender Equality Is Broken. In CrossFit, Sex Sells

By Patrick McCarty


Sex sells. The axiom I put forth is that in CrossFit, with a few exceptions, a female athlete is more likely to get noticed, develop a following, and be able to craft a brand if she conforms to the “sex sells” cultural dynamic. And that is wrong.




#3 - 3 Strategies to Conquer the Pain Cave

By Ramy Saleh


The pain cave is not a pretty place. But if you’re serious about performance, it has to become familiar territory that you can dominate, not simply navigate. You have to be willing to throw yourself in the fire and suffer in order to get it done.




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Photo courtesy of Craig Marker.