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There are a few things in my day that are truly mine. And when I say “mine,” what I’m talking about are those blocks of time that belong to me and me alone. There’s my seventeen-minute drive to and from work that I share with Mike ...
Last week I covered a simple endurance program that creates an anabolic environment to prime you for strength training. This week we’ll cover the most powerful strength program I have used. Russel Dunning and his athletes used this program with grea ...
This article is written by Keris Marsden.   When I entered the health and fitness industry I considered strength predominantly in the physical sense. Strength was related to how much iron I could rip off the ground and press over my head, and ho ...
What is the best shoulder exercise?   The one-arm press.   Whether you’re looking for performance through strength or power, or rehabilitation through patterning, the kettlebell one-arm press covers so many bases. This exercise could quite ...
The thoracic spine is designed for rotation. It's supposed to rotate more than your lumbar spine, but for the majority of people, it's the opposite. Why? Lifestyle choices lead to posture that feeds thoracic spine dysfunction. Hunching over your c ...
Like most new parents, after I had my first child I wondered when things would be back to normal. When would I feel and look like my old self? When would I have time to do the things I did before? When would I bounce back?   Three weeks ago, I had my ...
High-intensity training provides the foundation for many modern training programs, but often what is done in research is not translated to practice. For example, the original research on Tabata workouts, a common form of high-intensity training, is often ...
The feet are complex beasts that powerfully support many movements in training and day-to-day life. The plethora of joints, muscles, tendons, and fascia in your feet are engineered to provide two functions for all your athletic movements: stationary suppo ...
If someone told you that everyone should follow exactly the same training program from now until doomsday, you’d probably dismiss them as a crank, and you’d be right to do so. "Everyone is different” is a truism as obvious as &ldquo ...
“Don’t race your training.”   It’s solid advice for any athlete at any level. The all-out, seeing-stars, can’t-remember-your-name efforts should always be reserved for competition, no matter what your 20-something CrossF ...
Core strengthening exercises are essential in any training program, particularly if you're a female athlete new to training, or returning from pregnancy or injury.   In the previous article in this series, we focused on the importance of core str ...
For many, bodybuilding workouts are a gateway into the world of strength training. People who want to build muscle, get lean, and look good often start by aspiring to look like the massive bodybuilder on the cover of a muscle magazine. Probably the same m ...
This month, the coaches of Breaking Muscle UK were asked to consider strength as the focus of our articles. This is pretty easy for me to cover as a recipe contributor, as my advice for building strength is simple: fuel your workouts properly to get the b ...
The debate has raged since 2004. That was the year a CrossFit Journal article hit the internet, touting the benefits of the overhead “American” kettlebell swing over the traditional, eye-level “Russian” swing. Breaking Muscle ...
It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun.   Whatever you don’t like doing is probably what you need to do.   Statements like these drive me crazy because they are not true. Before you leave an angry comment about how important it is to ...
In the first installment of this series, we learned about myelin, the neural insulator critical to the development of skill, and examined how to stimulate its growth with deep practice in your weightlifting training. Deep practice is practicing activ ...
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 ...