Fitness https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness en What Weightlifters Should Know About Body Fat https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/what-weightlifters-should-know-about-body-fat <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/what-weightlifters-should-know-about-body-fat" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201804/jessicaluceroolympicweightlifter.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">Each sport has its own requirements for body composition, and that is what makes different sporting disciplines unique. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201804/russianweightlifterpisarenko.jpg" /></p> <p class="rteright"><span style="font-size:12px">Photo by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/klemensliftingphotos/photos/" target="_blank">Bruce Klemens</a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/what-weightlifters-should-know-about-body-fat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> body composition body mass Fitness muscle mass nutrition olympic weightlifting strength and conditioning Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:56:13 +0000 180171 at https://breakingmuscle.com Quick Tips: CrossFit Qualifiers for Masters and Teens https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/quick-tips-crossfit-qualifiers-for-masters-and-teens <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/quick-tips-crossfit-qualifiers-for-masters-and-teens" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201804/mastersandteenwods2018crossfitqualifiers.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">CrossFit has attempted to broaden its appeal over the last five years and nowhere is that more apparent than in the growing levels of competition among mature and teen athletes. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201804/miketromellocoachingteenscrossfit.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/quick-tips-crossfit-qualifiers-for-masters-and-teens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> burpees crossfit crossfit open CTB Pull Ups double unders Fitness handstand walks masters athlete snatch strategy teen athlete wall ball wods Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:37:05 +0000 180176 at https://breakingmuscle.com How to Age Gracefully https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/how-to-age-gracefully <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/how-to-age-gracefully" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201804/oldermanconcept2rower.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">There are many victories to be had on the journey of life, but eternal youth is not one of them. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201804/aginggracefully1.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I started boxing in my early 30&rsquo;s. I fell in love with the rhythm, intensity, and aura of the &lsquo;sweet science.&rsquo; Most the guys I boxed with were in their teens or twenties, but as a fitness fanatic, <strong>I figured I could keep up because kept myself in great shape</strong>. Besides, I thought, a lot of young guys don&rsquo;t take care of themselves, eat terribly, and party a lot.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/how-to-age-gracefully" target="_blank">read more</a></p> aging Fitness general fitness mature athlete physical activity rest and recovery Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000 180166 at https://breakingmuscle.com Parents: Get Out of the Way and Let the Coaches Coach https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/parents-get-out-of-the-way-and-let-the-coaches-coach <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/parents-get-out-of-the-way-and-let-the-coaches-coach" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201804/youthbaseballbatter.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">It's time we had a hard conversation about the biggest hindrance to your child's development: you. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Parents, we need to have a talk. I&rsquo;ve been involved in athletics for over 30 years now, and have noticed over the last few years that we have a very big problem.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>It&rsquo;s you.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We need to look in the mirror and take inventory of what we are doing, or not doing, for our kids. As a father of three young athletes all under the age of 10, I am on the front lines of the issue. Additionally, as a college strength coach, I am the recipient of the adult versions of these kids.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/parents-get-out-of-the-way-and-let-the-coaches-coach" target="_blank">read more</a></p> childhood Fitness parenting parents values youth coaches youth development youth sports Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:04:28 +0000 180156 at https://breakingmuscle.com Effective Training: Make Every Rep Count https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/effective-training-make-every-rep-count <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/effective-training-make-every-rep-count" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201804/pushpressexertion.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">Smart training is hard training, but hard training is not necessarily smart training. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201804/effectivemusclegrowth.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/effective-training-make-every-rep-count" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fitness hypertrophy muscle gain muscle mass training method training plan Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:16:30 +0000 179996 at https://breakingmuscle.com How to Self-Assess Your Movement Pathologies https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/how-to-self-assess-your-movement-pathologies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/how-to-self-assess-your-movement-pathologies" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201804/plankexercisemale.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">Having more movement in your posture makes endeavors in athletics and life a little bit easier. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>A few years ago, I went to a workshop for a system that was gaining a lot of traction with well-respected fitness professionals. The workshop began with the anatomy of the diaphragm and ribs, eventually segueing into potential influences on the pelvis and femur.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/how-to-self-assess-your-movement-pathologies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> daily practice diaphragmatic breathing Fitness flexibility hips mobility pelvis posture ribs thoracic mobility Mon, 16 Apr 2018 06:52:50 +0000 180116 at https://breakingmuscle.com Re-Thinking Orthodox Set and Rep Structures to Optimise Hypertrophy https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/re-thinking-orthodox-set-and-rep-structures-to-optimise-hypertrophy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/re-thinking-orthodox-set-and-rep-structures-to-optimise-hypertrophy" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201804/repssetsforhypertrophy.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">Focusing on sets and reps takes your attention away from what matters most when it comes to building size. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Sets and reps are as old as training itself. The repetition is the foundation of every training methodology out there. Without reps, there is no training. However, the rigid structure of sets and reps we default to might limit our potential to progress optimally when it comes to gaining muscle.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/re-thinking-orthodox-set-and-rep-structures-to-optimise-hypertrophy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> deloading Fitness hypertrophy muscle gain repetition reps sets strength and conditioning total training volume training plan Thu, 12 Apr 2018 06:42:16 +0000 180111 at https://breakingmuscle.com The Athlete's Toolbox: Build Your Base With Postural Mechanics https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-athletes-toolbox-build-your-base-with-postural-mechanics <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/the-athletes-toolbox-build-your-base-with-postural-mechanics" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201804/athleticposture.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">How do we know what, if anything, is functionally wrong with us? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Every day, we, as athletes, dedicate precious time in the gym with the goal of improving our current self</strong>. Even if it is 45 minutes slammed in the middle of our busy work day, the time spent in the gym is sacred. Any fitness article, magazine, or headline that you read will bombard you with exercises you &ldquo;should&rdquo; be doing or routines you &ldquo;should&rdquo; be following. But have you ever asked yourself if your body is capable of performing these programs or exercises?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-athletes-toolbox-build-your-base-with-postural-mechanics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> biomechanics body awareness daily exercise Fitness movement patterns posture Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:48:06 +0000 180046 at https://breakingmuscle.com Community: The Real Fitness X-Factor https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/community-the-real-fitness-x-factor <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/community-the-real-fitness-x-factor" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201804/motherandchildatgym.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">As paradoxical as it sounds, community is the key to creating individual health changes. Regardless of your goals, the answer is simple: create community around your health and fitness. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p class="rtecenter"><img alt="Beautiful photo of mother and child at local gym by Bev Childress" class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201804/motherandchildatgym.jpg" title="Being able to make your family a part of your gym community is a great example of creating an open, welcoming place for all trainees" /></p> <p class="rteright"><span style="font-size:11px">Photo by <a href="http://www.bevchildress.com/" target="_blank">Bev Childress</a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/community-the-real-fitness-x-factor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> community connection fad diet fat loss Fitness fitness fads nutrition Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:05:24 +0000 180071 at https://breakingmuscle.com Hold On TIght! 3 Grip Building Exercises https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/hold-on-tight-3-grip-building-exercises <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/hold-on-tight-3-grip-building-exercises" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201804/fingertiphold.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">A firm handshake can be a little alpha but being able to hang by your fingertips from a ledge? Pretty cool! </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p class="rtecenter"><img alt="grip strength, finger muscles, hand muscles, forearm muscles, building grip" class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/20130827/shutterstock112116383copy.jpg" style="height:804px; width:640px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/hold-on-tight-3-grip-building-exercises" target="_blank">read more</a></p> dead hang farmers walks Fitness grip grip strength improve grip strength pinch grip Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:38:10 +0000 180061 at https://breakingmuscle.com The Proper Wrist Position for the Kettlebell Press https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-proper-wrist-position-for-the-kettlebell-press <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/the-proper-wrist-position-for-the-kettlebell-press" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201804/kettlebellpresswristposition.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">There is just something utterly primal and enjoyable about strict pressing a big bell over your head. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Let me confess right off the bat that I enjoy pressing tremendously. Single bells, double bells, I love them both! If I could meet all my goals by working on only one lift, it would more than likely be the kettlebell press. I enjoy coaching the push press and jerk, but there is just something utterly primal and enjoyable about strict pressing a big bell over your head. (And by &ldquo;big&rdquo; I mean half your body weight or more.)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-proper-wrist-position-for-the-kettlebell-press" target="_blank">read more</a></p> daily practice Fitness kettlebell technique kettlebell training strength and conditioning wrist injury Mon, 09 Apr 2018 06:13:51 +0000 180066 at https://breakingmuscle.com The Definitive Guide to Picking a Sports Performance Trainer https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-definitive-guide-to-picking-a-sports-performance-trainer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/the-definitive-guide-to-picking-a-sports-performance-trainer" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201804/sportstrainerforyoungathletes.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">Youth training is full of flash and gimmicks. Selecting the right trainer can make or break your young athlete's career. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Youth sports are now big business</strong>. That may sound crazy, but it&rsquo;s true. Every year parents spend exorbitantly to give their children as much opportunity as possible, or at least to keep up with everyone else. Once common, three-sport high school athletes are a rare-to-extinct breed in this world of year-round seasons, skills coaches, showcases, and strength and conditioning gurus. Even with a growing <a href="/fitness/the-exploitation-of-youth-athletes">industry built on exploitation</a>, many youth athletes still wonder how to navigate this world.</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-definitive-guide-to-picking-a-sports-performance-trainer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> choosing a trainer competitive sports Fitness principles youth athletes youth development youth sports Fri, 06 Apr 2018 08:04:09 +0000 180056 at https://breakingmuscle.com Health Clubs Should Focus on Our Fears https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/health-clubs-should-focus-on-our-fears <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/health-clubs-should-focus-on-our-fears" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201804/img2628.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">Would you be more inclined to exercise to live a longer life? Or would you be more inclined to exercise to avoid dying too soon? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>It has been said many times that people make decisions for two reasons&mdash;to gain some type of pleasure or to avoid some type of pain. Let me ask you a question, would you be more inclined to exercise to live a longer life? Or would you be more inclined to exercise to avoid dying too soon?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/health-clubs-should-focus-on-our-fears" target="_blank">read more</a></p> aging cardiovascular fitness Fitness healthy lifestyle mature athlete physical fitness Thu, 05 Apr 2018 09:19:23 +0000 180041 at https://breakingmuscle.com A Practical Guide to Walking on Your Hands https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/a-practical-guide-to-walking-on-your-hands <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/a-practical-guide-to-walking-on-your-hands" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201804/handstandstrength.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">Walking on your hands is great for upper body strength, balance, and coordination - it's also fun! </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Walking on your hands is great for upper body strength, balance, coordination, working out imbalances between your arms, and more. It&rsquo;s also fun! This article is going to provide a step by step (pun intended) <a href="/fitness/develop-your-handstand-the-importance-of-progression">guide to walking on your hands</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/a-practical-guide-to-walking-on-your-hands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> core strength Fitness handstand training plan upper body upper body workouts Thu, 05 Apr 2018 07:26:00 +0000 180001 at https://breakingmuscle.com Muscle Progress: Reverse Linear Daily Undulating Periodization https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/muscle-progress-reverse-linear-daily-undulating-periodization <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/muscle-progress-reverse-linear-daily-undulating-periodization" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201804/muscleprogress2.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">Ask yourself, do you have a muscle building masterplan or are you just aimlessly meandering towards failure? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201804/muscleprogress1.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In all walks of life, any plan is better than no plan. We&rsquo;ve all heard the quotes and clich&eacute;s about failing to plan equating to planning to fail. Well, there is a reason that these types of sayings are used so frequently. They are true. So, ask yourself, do you have a muscle building masterplan or are you just aimlessly meandering towards failure?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/muscle-progress-reverse-linear-daily-undulating-periodization" target="_blank">read more</a></p> DUP exercise technique Fitness hypertrophy linear muscle growth periodization workout programming Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0000 180011 at https://breakingmuscle.com