3 of the Best: This Week’s Top Articles, Vol. 19

These pieces have caught your attention throughout the week. So here they are in one place for you to consume, digest, and enjoy.

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.

#1 – 3 More Mobility Drills for Solid Overhead Lifts

By Keira Newton

As I discussed in part one of this series, most of us have been sitting in chairs since we were young. After a few years of sitting more than moving, we start to live in that posture, making it harder to extend the upper and lower back while sitting, standing or moving in general.

Here are some simple and advanced ways to open the thoracic spine. I suggest working these drills into your daily routine to get the best results. Pick a few that are best suited for you, and slowly work your way into an increased range of motion.


#2 – Coaching Is Not a Hobby

By Michael Blevins

In this fitness business, the word “coach” gets tossed around more than a tithing bucket on a Sunday. It’s important to recognize this overuse, because the word denotes a job, as well as a certain set of requirements. If the job description is not met consistently, then we are an industry with no standard. As such, our reputation and our ability to help people diminishes greatly.

At some point you have to ask yourself what you are. You have to take the time to decide whether you are a hobbyist trainer, or if you are the real deal, ready to sacrifice yourself for the betterment of a group or even just an individual.


#3 – Armor Your Back Against Age and Injury

By Andrew Read

Getting older sucks for athletes. Sure, there are those who say they’re in the best shape of their lives in their forties and fifties, but they are a minority (and obviously weren’t great athletes when younger). The biggest problem with getting older and wanting to stay competitive is that you become more susceptible to injury.

If you want to save yourself a lot of trouble down the road, then read on. 


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Photo courtesy of Andrew Read.