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It’s been 10 years since Breaking Muscle began. When I first started, I wrote about what was interesting to me at the time because I couldn’t find the information anywhere else. I was interested in yoga, CrossFit, Russian kettlebell training ...
  Simultaneously gaining muscle and losing fat is the holy grail for most gym-goers. It’s known in the fitness industry as body recomposition.   Body recomposition is a polarizing topic among experts. Some say it’s impossible for ...
As a coach or personal trainer, you are limited by your knowledge and skillset. Therefore, certifications are suitable; however, one could become too heavy-handed and lose sight of their focus.   The purpose of this article is to give insight into ...
  Hello there, it’s Oleksiy Torokhtiy speaking. You may recognize me from my participation in weightlifting sports for more than twenty years. For ten of those years, I was an active member of the national team from Ukraine.   Together, ...
A new study looks the specific mode of exercise for managing high blood pressure, isometric resistance training (IRT). So, let's start with what is IRT? It is a type of strength training.   You may be familiar with IRT exercises, often just cal ...
If you are into strength training, you’ve heard about the fundamental movement patterns—the natural human movements that most trainers believe all humans would, ideally, be able to demonstrate and load.   According to Dan John, there ar ...
I’m the laziest, hyperactive, lethargic, ambitious, idle person you’ll meet. As breathing contradictions go, I get by. I’ve learned how to deal with myself by finally admitting just how much wiggle room I need to allow for the plans I ...
Time-restricted eating (TRE) is the bright shiny toy everyone wants on their diet list these days. Yeah, you can call it intermittent fasting. Salk scientists studying TRE in mice, looked into how it promotes multiple health benefits besides weight loss ...
Watching Seb Ostrowics over at Weightlifting House on YouTube is one of my guilty pleasures. A bowl of Frosted Flakes, ice cold milk, and the droopy, sonorous musings of a weightlifting nerd are all it takes to reduce my cholesterol and keep me away fro ...
Whether you are an athlete, are going to be king of your gym or show natural ability in certain types of physical fitness activities, genetics have been suggested as playing a role in the capacity for greater performance.   A study in Journal of Hu ...
We praise what matters. In a famous study, Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck found that students were far more likely to persevere through challenging problems and bring those problems home to work on more when they received praise for working hard rath ...
  The aorta is our healthy blood highway, effectively transporting our bloody supply to our peripheral tissues. When we are young, most of our large arteries are termed, elastic, but they stiffen as we age.   Aortic stiffness, when our blood ...
  In December 2015, Eddie Hall achieved the then world record deadlift at the World Deadlift Championships 2015, with a 463 kg (1,021 lb) deadlift. In 2016, The Beast, as Eddie is known, set a new world record in the deadlift with a lift of 500 kg ...
  An interesting study review article in Nature, The Degree of Frailty as a Translational Measure of Health in Aging, looks at the impact of the different levels of frailty and their effect on aging, particularly whene it comes to late-life diseas ...
Put yourself in your potential client's shoes. Why would they fork over a large amount of cash to train with a person they barely know? Or, when they become clients, how do you keep them coming back? The answer is in the buy-in.   Are the clien ...
Findings from a new University of Kentucky College of Medicine and College of Health Sciences study add to growing evidence that resistance exercise has unique benefits for fat loss.   The Department of Physiology and Center for Muscle Biology stud ...
Someone asked me how I would program an 8-week CrossFit cycle and I had to say, I wouldn’t. Frankly, I prefer 12, 14 or 16-week programming blocks because I think 8-weeks is just too short to create some meaningful impact.   Having said that, ...