Fitness http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term2/2 en Use Your Brain to Get Flexible Fast http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/use-your-brain-to-get-flexible-fast <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/use-your-brain-to-get-flexible-fast" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202006/splitsmuscularitystrength.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">There's no point in creating all this extra range of motion if you're not stabilizing the joints and developing the strength to support them. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Okay, guys, let&#39;s take a second here and have a bit of a chat, will we?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When I say <a href="/fitness/the-myth-of-flexibility-and-yoga">flexibility</a>, what comes to mind? <strong>I bet the first thing that you think of is as <em>strong as f**k</em>, right</strong>? Not. That&#39;s because when people think of flexibility, they think of little gymnasts folded in two just hanging out, or dancers in splits for what seems like forever.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/use-your-brain-to-get-flexible-fast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adductors brain dynamic stretch Fitness fitness flexibility functional strength glutes good movement injuries mobility range of motion splits stability Sat, 04 Jul 2020 23:37:55 +0000 184301 at http://breakingmuscle.com A Miracle of Persistence and Courage http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/a-miracle-of-persistence-and-courage <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/a-miracle-of-persistence-and-courage" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201910/specialstrong.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 inspiring story about training for the special needs population. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCEM1erHl8F/" data-instgrm-version="12" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: auto; max-width:540px; min-width:326px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"></blockquote><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/a-miracle-of-persistence-and-courage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> coach development Fitness goals inspiration physical activity rehabilitation special needs walking wheelchair Wed, 01 Jul 2020 01:58:30 +0000 183736 at http://breakingmuscle.com 15 Lessons Learned for Lifters From the Great Lockdown http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/15-lessons-learned-for-lifters-from-the-great-lockdown <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/15-lessons-learned-for-lifters-from-the-great-lockdown" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202006/onearmdumbbellrow.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">Remind yourself that the lockdown is an opportunity to take time to rest, heal some nagging injuries, and pause and reflect on your training goals. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Before the Great Lockdown, many of us refused to take time away from the gym. The forced absence might have been a blessing in disguise for you. At the very least, it will have forced you to take some rest and <a href="/fitness/stay-injury-free-while-training-for-size">let nagging injuries heal</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/15-lessons-learned-for-lifters-from-the-great-lockdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> clean and press cleans community diabetes energy systems Farmer's Walk Fitness fitness fitness motivation goblet squats KB Swing lockdown nutrition pause reps resistance training single arm split squats squats weightlifting Mon, 29 Jun 2020 12:45:06 +0000 184366 at http://breakingmuscle.com Is Your Gym Healthy? http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/is-your-gym-healthy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/is-your-gym-healthy" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202006/pullupmasked.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">Post-lockdown, and just because it makes sense as a paying customer, do an inventory of the confined spaces where you exchange moisture droplets with strangers. </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/202006/socialdistancinggymscropped.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>One of the great head slapping moments of the <a href="/category/tags/pandemic">Great Pandemic</a> has been reading <a href="/fitness/social-media-and-fitness-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly">social media</a> posts from gym owners decrying how they don&#39;t get to open but bars do because, health.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/is-your-gym-healthy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> box gym clean gym commercial gyms covid-19 Fitness ihrsa public safety viral Sun, 28 Jun 2020 17:00:25 +0000 184396 at http://breakingmuscle.com High-Frequency Fat Loss - What I Learned in Lockdown http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/high-frequency-fat-loss-what-i-learned-in-lockdown <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/high-frequency-fat-loss-what-i-learned-in-lockdown" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202006/athomegainswithtommaccormick.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 more you can train without exceeding your capacity to recover the better your results. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>As I came to terms with the realities of being in <a href="/fitness/lockdown-is-temporary-community-is-forever">lockdown</a> I needed to come up with strategies to help my clients keep moving towards their goals. I decided to take the time at home as an opportunity to shed some <a href="/fitness/what-weightlifters-should-know-about-body-fat">body fat</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/high-frequency-fat-loss-what-i-learned-in-lockdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> at-home training at-home workouts body fat concentric concentric-only training covid-19 eccentric fat loss Fitness lockdown powerlifting sled work volume Sat, 20 Jun 2020 17:26:46 +0000 184381 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Symbiosis of Gyms and Online Training Post-Pandemic http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-symbiosis-of-gyms-and-online-training-post-pandemic <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/the-symbiosis-of-gyms-and-online-training-post-pandemic" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202006/committoyourgoals.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">Not everyone is rushing to get back to the gym. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Amidst the reopening growing pains, most beginners will continue to participate in purchasing or researching online programs or fumble.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Personal trainers and or coaches who aren&#39;t sold on online coaching, take note</strong>. This article will be a discussion about the win-win situation for the average gym patron and online coach.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-symbiosis-of-gyms-and-online-training-post-pandemic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> body composition choosing a trainer competition training fad diet Fitness fitness competition fitness nutrition gym macronutrients nutritional coaching olympic weightlifting online online training pandemic personal trainers sports nutrition Fri, 19 Jun 2020 10:54:24 +0000 184321 at http://breakingmuscle.com Memento Mori: A Simple Practice for a Complex Time http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/memento-mori-a-simple-practice-for-a-complex-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/memento-mori-a-simple-practice-for-a-complex-time" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202006/mikemccastlemementomori.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">Memento Mori is a tool to overcome challenges in life and find the inspiration to push through any obstacle before you. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>There is nothing more certain in life than the certainty of death. It&#39;s the great equalizer of the world, and it is blind - no matter if a person is rich or poor, healthy or unhealthy, good or bad, wise or ignorant, <strong>any sentient being that experiences life must also experience death</strong>. It behooves anyone who wishes to improve themself to be mindful of death and one&#39;s mortality.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/memento-mori-a-simple-practice-for-a-complex-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> ego Fitness fitness fitness motivation focus goal planning inspiration Life Challenges meditation mind-body connection mindfullness motivation procrastination self confidence stoicism Fri, 19 Jun 2020 02:55:48 +0000 184376 at http://breakingmuscle.com CrossFit Is Not Going Anywhere http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/crossfit-is-not-going-anywhere <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/crossfit-is-not-going-anywhere" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202006/precisioncrossfitsundayworkout.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 is too big to change overnight, and there are too many people for which there is no alternative. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>I believe that a few other people have had their say, and expressed their opinions about CrossFit&#39;s recent issues on these pages. As someone who enjoyed CrossFit when I first founded Breaking Muscle, and as someone who believes that you should be open to all training modalities, remaining curious about all disciplines and not trying to find supremacy in any one, I think I need to give my perspective.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/crossfit-is-not-going-anywhere" target="_blank">read more</a></p> affiliate box gym coach development coaching crossfit Fitness Mon, 15 Jun 2020 14:59:27 +0000 184371 at http://breakingmuscle.com Grand Opening: Getting Back to Making Gains http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/grand-opening-getting-back-to-making-gains <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/grand-opening-getting-back-to-making-gains" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202006/gymsopeningpostcovid19.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">Once you know you’re not starting from scratch and haven’t lost too much ground you can resist the urge to go in all guns blazing. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>The prospect of returning to training in a gym again has become a reality for increasingly more people. Or, perhaps, you will be back within a few short weeks and are reflecting on your training and how to optimize it going forward.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>One thing that I think is important to understand is that you should not merely go back in and pick up where you left off</strong>. That is likely to lead to frustration, disappointment, and injury.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/grand-opening-getting-back-to-making-gains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bodybuilding Bulgarian split squat crossfit DOMS Fitness fitness front squats hack squat isolation work leg extension leg press nutrition pullups strength and conditioning total training volume VO2 Max weightlifting Mon, 15 Jun 2020 13:16:03 +0000 184341 at http://breakingmuscle.com Like to Lift? Consume More Protein http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/like-to-lift-consume-more-protein <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/like-to-lift-consume-more-protein" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202006/backviewpullupmuscularfemale.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">Consume more protein, especially if you’re trying to increase lean mass and strength gains. </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/202006/3pictransformation.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/like-to-lift-consume-more-protein" target="_blank">read more</a></p> aging appetite bone health carbohydrates Fitness fitness functional strength immune system inflammation Muscle-Strengthening Exercise Plant Based Nutrition power output protein rest and recovery strength endurance Sun, 14 Jun 2020 23:55:48 +0000 184326 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Bleeding Hearts of CrossFit Affiliates http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-bleeding-hearts-of-crossfit-affiliates <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/the-bleeding-hearts-of-crossfit-affiliates" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202006/rhabdotheclowncrying.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">For many years, the CrossFit community has overlooked the worst excesses of the organization. Why is it any different now? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Let&#39;s call bullsh*t on the newfound belief in social justice sweeping through <a href="/fitness/there-is-no-crossfit-just-good-and-bad-coaching">CrossFit affiliates</a>. <a href="/fitness/5-ways-that-crossfit-may-never-get-fixed">CrossFit&#39;s high school musical of dysfunction</a> stopped being interesting years ago.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-bleeding-hearts-of-crossfit-affiliates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> affiliate AMRAP barbells box gym chippers crossfit emom Fitness functional fitness GPP Gymnastics hero wods kettlebells metcon strongman weightlifting wods Sat, 13 Jun 2020 19:55:41 +0000 184356 at http://breakingmuscle.com Keys to Monitor An Athlete's Workload http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/keys-to-monitor-an-athletes-workload <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/keys-to-monitor-an-athletes-workload" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202006/athletetrainingpreparation.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">It is important to have a firm understanding of not only how to implement a training plan, but also how to track and change it over time. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Effective <a href="/fitness/how-to-train-for-a-tactical-physique">training plans</a> are founded on layers of intricate planning, preparation, and implementation. It is not enough to simply throw a template program at a group of athletes and walk away in hopes that after eight weeks, they will somehow magically improve. <a href="/fitness/the-concept-of-balancing-development-how-to-coach-a-beginner-weightlifter">Coaches must take the time to assess</a> what is happening along the way as well as to make the necessary changes as they see fit.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/keys-to-monitor-an-athletes-workload" target="_blank">read more</a></p> client assessment coaching process Fitness fitness game day heart rate variability optimum performance training programming Recovery sports injuries tempo training training programs Sat, 13 Jun 2020 11:19:54 +0000 184306 at http://breakingmuscle.com An Open Letter to CrossFit http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/an-open-letter-to-crossfit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/an-open-letter-to-crossfit" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202006/tireflipwolfbrigadegym.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">I am hoping this letter helps, if even just in reading that others have felt this same kick in the teeth as they are this week. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><h2>An Open Letter to CrossFit</h2> <p><em>My name is Greg Walsh. I began involvement with CrossFit in 2003, and was a member, trainer, and manager of CrossFit Long Beach until 2008 when I returned to my hometown of Rochester, NY.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>In 2008 I began Wolf Brigade, and we have been expertly training people of all walks of life and fitness levels every day since.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/an-open-letter-to-crossfit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> barbells box gym crossfit Fitness functional fitness GPP kettlebells mace Subversive Fitness Thu, 11 Jun 2020 02:13:01 +0000 184346 at http://breakingmuscle.com Stop Overdoing Sport Specific Training http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/stop-overdoing-sport-specific-training <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/stop-overdoing-sport-specific-training" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202006/alexanderhallstrengthtraining.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">Being good at a sport doesn't mean you should be to overly specific with your training. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Specificity is an overused training philosophy for most lifters. I know this is a controversial statement in <a href="/fitness/is-training-to-failure-right-for-you">strength training</a> communities, but I&#39;m still not sorry for saying it. It&#39;s the truth, and this quarantine is offering us a unique moment to put that theory to the test.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/stop-overdoing-sport-specific-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> barbells box gym burpees deload elite athletes Fitness fitness joint pain kettle bell training overtraining powerlifting professional sports proprioception sport specific sprinters strength training weightlifting Tue, 09 Jun 2020 20:35:10 +0000 184291 at http://breakingmuscle.com There is no CrossFit, Just Good and Bad Coaching http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/there-is-no-crossfit-just-good-and-bad-coaching <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/there-is-no-crossfit-just-good-and-bad-coaching" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202006/yournextgym.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 box gym world needs a reset and there's no better time than now. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>By now, most people are <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/isabeltogoh/2020/06/08/reebok-and-athletes-cut-ties-with-crossfit-over-founder-greg-glassmans-george-floyd-tweet/" target="_blank">aware of the backlash</a> against <a href="/fitness/coach-of-the-decade-greg-glassman-crossfits-founder" target="_blank">Greg Glassman</a>, CrossFit&#39;s founder and CEO, because of tone-deaf, insensitive, and dismissive remarks he has made about George Floyd&#39;s death and COVID-19.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/there-is-no-crossfit-just-good-and-bad-coaching" target="_blank">read more</a></p> box gym coaching process coaching skills commercial gyms covid-19 crossfit crossfit gym Exercise Fitness programming Training Mon, 08 Jun 2020 17:09:44 +0000 184331 at http://breakingmuscle.com