Fitness http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness en Olympic Weightlifting and the Recreational Athlete http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/olympic-weightlifting-and-the-recreational-athlete <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/olympic-weightlifting-and-the-recreational-athlete" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201712/recreationalolylifter1.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">This is not a sport that can be taken lightly or approached with indifference. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>So you wanna be an Olympic weightlifter.</strong> I do too. I also want to be a fighter pilot, the President of the United States, and <a href="/fitness/rich-froning-is-not-the-fittest-man-in-history">the Fittest Man on Earth</a>. I would also like to be a dolphin wrangler, a Super Bowl champion, and Guy Fieri&rsquo;s new sidekick on <em>Diners, Drive-ins and Dives</em>. Problem is, all of those things require an intense amount focus, dedication, and specialization&mdash;not to mention eons of time&mdash;to accomplish.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/olympic-weightlifting-and-the-recreational-athlete" target="_blank">read more</a></p> clean and jerk crossfit Fitness olympic weightlifting risk snatch standards training philosophy weightlifting Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:35:45 +0000 178726 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Next Big Wave for Weightlifting http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-next-big-wave-for-weightlifting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/the-next-big-wave-for-weightlifting" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201712/danielbellbreakingmusclepodcast1200px.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The thinking person’s barbell sport is poised for another surge in popularity. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>With the 2017 World Championships and the American Open Finals in our rearview mirror, <strong>the future has never looked brighter for Olympic Weightlifting in the US.</strong> Records fell, and American lifters took historic podium finishes, capped off with Sarah Robles sweeping the gold medals in her division.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-next-big-wave-for-weightlifting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> american weightlifting coach development doping Fitness olympic weightlifting Olympics podcast Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:12:24 +0000 178696 at http://breakingmuscle.com Rekindle the Lost Virtue of Toughness http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/rekindle-the-lost-virtue-of-toughness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/rekindle-the-lost-virtue-of-toughness" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201712/rekindlethevirtuesoftoughness.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If you want to be healthy, you must first learn to be tough. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Over the past few decades, toughness has gotten a bad rap.</strong> It has been caricatured as an archaic, grumpy old man, and correlated with anger, pessimism, and grumblings about &ldquo;back in my day.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s often equated with styles of upbringing that are emotionally distant and lack compassion. More evolved humans, we are told, are kinder, softer, gentler creatures.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/rekindle-the-lost-virtue-of-toughness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> culture Fitness meditation mental toughness mindset motivation resilience social norms suicide workout Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:20:31 +0000 178691 at http://breakingmuscle.com Find the Warrior Inside During Menopause http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/find-the-warrior-inside-during-menopause <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/find-the-warrior-inside-during-menopause" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201712/menopausewarriorwoman.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Is it true, have we finally made menopause sexy? Wouldn’t that be fun! </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>When I started writing about <a href="/fitness/survive-and-thrive-through-menopause-hell">menopause and its impact on women&#39;s health</a> this year, I wasn&rsquo;t expecting to reach as many people as I have. Women who read my articles are celebrating the fact that we are talking about this very misunderstood and underserved topic. The men who read them, are reading about menopause and finally understanding the issues that the women in their life are facing.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/find-the-warrior-inside-during-menopause" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fitness mature athlete menopause middle age strength and conditioning women's fitness women's health Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:23:13 +0000 178686 at http://breakingmuscle.com Use Olympic Lifts to Increase Speed and Agility http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/use-olympic-lifts-to-increase-speed-and-agility <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/use-olympic-lifts-to-increase-speed-and-agility" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201712/youngathletesquatclean1.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Many athletes realize that Olympic-style weightlifting is not just weightlifting </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>According to a series of recent posts published online by the NFHS and the NCAA, the vast majority of high school and collegiate athletes are familiar with one or more <a href="/category/tags/olympic-weightlifting">Olympic style weightlifting exercises</a>. Lifting weights, however, is still considered just &quot;another way&quot; to make athletes stronger. Weightlifting - snatch, clean and jerk and their many derivatives such as pulls and extensions - however, is more than that. Here is why.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/use-olympic-lifts-to-increase-speed-and-agility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athletic performance barbells clean and jerk dumbbells Fitness olympic weightlifting snatch strength and conditioning strength program weightlifting Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:32:13 +0000 178671 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Body Image Dilemma for Female Weightlifters http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-body-image-dilemma-for-female-weightlifters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/the-body-image-dilemma-for-female-weightlifters" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201608/mattierogershl.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">An athlete is going to look like whatever she is. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>A common issue encountered in training female weightlifters is that of body image</strong>, and more specifically, bodyweight. In our modern, mass-media controlled culture, both males and females are bombarded from pre-adolescence with supposedly desirable body images. For girls, the ideal is all too frequently the appearance of a fashion model. But what does that appearance have to do with a woman who can lift?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-body-image-dilemma-for-female-weightlifters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> body image body type female Fitness olympic weightlifting strength training weightlifting women's fitness Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 167241 at http://breakingmuscle.com From Fat Kid to Fitness Competitor http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/from-fat-kid-to-fitness-competitor <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/from-fat-kid-to-fitness-competitor" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201712/alexmcbrairtyfitnesscompetitor.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Many competitors compete to be judged—I want to be freed. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p class="rtecenter"><img alt="Fitness competition group photo" class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201712/alexcompetitiongroupphoto.jpg" style="height:427px; width:640px" title="Fitness competition group photo" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/from-fat-kid-to-fitness-competitor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> body awareness body image fat loss Fitness fitness competition mindset obesity physique competitions Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:54:50 +0000 178636 at http://breakingmuscle.com One PED You Shouldn't Resist http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/one-ped-you-shouldnt-resist <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/one-ped-you-shouldnt-resist" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201712/pedyoucantresist1.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">I've got a really good drug to boost your performance, and it's free. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>I&rsquo;ve found athletes at every level will go to extremes to improve their game</strong>. Powders, pills, lighter equipment, better shoes, expensive coaching programs, and banned substances.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/one-ped-you-shouldnt-resist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athletic performance clarity efficiency Fitness masters athlete performance sleep deprivation sleep disorders Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:14:02 +0000 178626 at http://breakingmuscle.com Fight Strength NSFW: Hypertrophy for Different Weight Classes http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/fight-strength-nsfw-hypertrophy-for-different-weight-classes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/fight-strength-nsfw-hypertrophy-for-different-weight-classes" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201712/fightstrengthhypertrophy2.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">This episode, we cover topics included building size for different sizes, cardio that can burn fat while retaining muscle and much more. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div class="bblue box">This is a weekly show that focuses on the training strategies used to develop elite fighters. <a href="http://www.darustrong.com/" target="_blank">Phil Daru</a> is the lead strength and conditioning coach at American Top Team (ATT). Some of the notable fighters he currently works with are former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, the aforementioned Poirier, Colby Covington, and Muhammed &ldquo;King Mo&rdquo; Lawal. </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/fight-strength-nsfw-hypertrophy-for-different-weight-classes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> combat sports fighting Fitness hypertrophy MMA podcast strength and conditioning Thu, 07 Dec 2017 03:44:57 +0000 178631 at http://breakingmuscle.com Balance Your Upper Body by Training Shoulder Extension http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/balance-your-upper-body-by-training-shoulder-extension <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/balance-your-upper-body-by-training-shoulder-extension" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201712/chrisloflandshoulderextensions.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">These stretches will help you get started on taking control of your shoulder health. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Most people involved in fitness train using pulling and pushing exercises in the forward and overhead positions (e.g. rowing, push ups, bench press; pull ups, military press), but rarely train the pull and push backwards. <strong>This lack of shoulder extension strength and mobility often <a href="/fitness/how-to-self-diagnose-your-shoulder-pain">contributes to achy shoulders</a></strong>. Can you relate to this? If you can, don&rsquo;t worry, I&rsquo;m here to get you started on making your shoulders more well rounded and pain-free.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/balance-your-upper-body-by-training-shoulder-extension" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fitness imbalance piked shoulder extension pulls posture shoulder health shoulder mobility shoulder stretch skin the cat table raises Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:20:58 +0000 178396 at http://breakingmuscle.com The 14 Minute Winter Workout You Can Do Anywhere http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-14-minute-winter-workout-you-can-do-anywhere <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/the-14-minute-winter-workout-you-can-do-anywhere" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201712/winterfollowalongworkout1.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">This program requires no warm-up to begin. You simply need to set aside 14 minutes, press play, and follow along. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Winter is here&hellip;and just because the weather outside is frightful you can still get a great workout indoors with minimal space and equipment. <span style="font-size:1.1em">I&rsquo;ve put together a short but effective, full-body workout that you can do in only a few minutes. </span><strong>This program requires no warm-up to begin. You simply need to set aside 14 minutes, press play, and </strong><strong>follow along</strong><strong>.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-14-minute-winter-workout-you-can-do-anywhere" target="_blank">read more</a></p> at home workouts at-home exercise dumbbells Fitness kettlebells planks squats tabata Turkish get up winter Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:06:31 +0000 178621 at http://breakingmuscle.com Choose the Fear that Drives You http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/choose-the-fear-that-drives-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/choose-the-fear-that-drives-you" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201712/boxjumpbevchildresscreative2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">An undue focus on your short-term fears will guarantee you a lifetime of pain, mediocrity, and suffering. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>The OR nurse&rsquo;s comment was as predictable as it was common</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;So, this was a mountain biking crash?&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Yup,&rdquo; I replied with a grin, knowing full well it sounded much more impressive than it was. The <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/get-back-on-the-horse" target="_blank">crash that snapped my collarbone</a> was a non-event. I wasn&rsquo;t going fast, or jumping anything, or picking some extreme line at the Red Bull Rampage. I just lost the front tire on an unexpectedly slick rock.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/choose-the-fear-that-drives-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> active daily practice Fitness goal setting goals growth mindset Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:43:48 +0000 178606 at http://breakingmuscle.com Give Yourself the Gift of a Home Gym http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/give-yourself-the-gift-of-a-home-gym <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/give-yourself-the-gift-of-a-home-gym" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201712/homegymshanetrotter.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">You can remove a whole set of excuses by shrinking the distance between your bedroom and the weight room to feet, instead of miles. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>A couple of years ago I experienced the thrill of buying my first house. <strong>With the prospect of home ownership came the chance to create my very own office and man cave.</strong> My wife quickly went to work decorating the house, and the room I had flagged to turn into an office was repurposed as the dogs&rsquo; room. Yes, that&rsquo;s right, a room for my dogs, complete with three dog beds, bowls of food and water, a crate of toys, and pictures of our pups on the wall.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/give-yourself-the-gift-of-a-home-gym" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fitness garage gym home exercise home gym kettlebells minimalist Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:00:21 +0000 178611 at http://breakingmuscle.com Make Use of the Versatility and Time Efficiency of Sled Training http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/make-use-of-the-versatility-and-time-efficiency-of-sled-training <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/make-use-of-the-versatility-and-time-efficiency-of-sled-training" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201712/sledpush1.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The sled is an incredibly versatile and effective training tool. If used properly, the sled can be used for metabolic conditioning, strength training, and hypertrophy. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div class="media_embed" height="360px" width="640px"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360px" mozallowfullscreen="" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/245668368" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640px"></iframe></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/make-use-of-the-versatility-and-time-efficiency-of-sled-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> cutting movements Fitness linear speed prowler sleds strength and conditioning Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:34:17 +0000 178596 at http://breakingmuscle.com Survive and Thrive Through Menopause Hell http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/survive-and-thrive-through-menopause-hell <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/survive-and-thrive-through-menopause-hell" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201712/amandathebepodcast2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The effects of aging are no excuse to sit down and give up. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Of all the misconceptions that exist in western society, perhaps the hardest to overcome is what aging should look like.</strong> This is especially true for women, who face a mountain of cultural nonsense when it comes to their bodies in general, and in particular once they reach age 40.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/survive-and-thrive-through-menopause-hell" target="_blank">read more</a></p> aging Fitness menopause Personal Training podcast social norms women's health Sun, 03 Dec 2017 19:18:45 +0000 178591 at http://breakingmuscle.com