3 of the Best: This Week’s Top Articles, Vol. 20

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 – It’s Not the Years, It’s the Miles: Training After 50

By Dan John

Time goes on, as do we. Since age eleven, I have accepted the fact that I am going to die. Robb Wolf once told me: “Live long, die fast.” I can’t disagree.

Aging is inevitable. Every calendar year, your age will increase by a factor of one, and you can look that up if you don’t believe me. But, aging doesn’t have to be given the victory. With a little thinking and some reasonable training, you can keep the side mirror and bumper on for a long time.


#2 – 5 Stretches to Unlock Your Weightlifting Potential

By Michael Barbot

Most athletes below the professional level lack the flexibility to reach their full potential, or even make consistently successful lifts. Here are five flexibility exercises to perform before and after your training sessions that can help remove that roadblock. With these exercises, any lifter can begin to get a better understanding of how the body moves through Olympic movements. Try them before and after strength training sessions to enhance range of motion in all Olympic lifts.


#3 – Why There’s No Such Thing as Flat Feet

By Tim Bransdon

It is likely you or someone you know, be it a family member, friend, or client, has been struck down with a case of flat feet. “Flat feet” is a term used to explain anything from plantar fascia pain, Achilles injuries, shin splints, knee, hip, and back pain. In other words, almost any physical ailment between the ground and your head.

So why is flat feet such a commonly used term? It’s an expression used to describe feet that collapse under your bodyweight when standing, walking, jumping, or squatting. It denotes the inability of your feet to function correctly. The true diagnosis for so-called flat feet is actually weak and poorly functioning feet.


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