Breaking Muscle https://breakingmuscle.com/feed/rss en It's Okay to Curl, Biceps Are Still Cool https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/its-okay-to-curl-biceps-are-still-cool <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/its-okay-to-curl-biceps-are-still-cool" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201808/bicepflexpose.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">Biceps don't get much isolation time in functional fitness workouts but it's cool to show them some love. Nothing wrong with well-developed arms and they do look good, there's always that. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Contrary to popular belief, using curls for bicep development is not useless. Training the biceps in this way allows the biceps to be overloaded substantially whilst standing. The world record for bicep curls currently stands at 150kg, therefore, there must be some use aside from bragging rights. In this article, I will simplify the efficacy of biceps training and secondly, where the bicep curl can be utilized to maximize bicep strength.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/its-okay-to-curl-biceps-are-still-cool" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adductors bench press beta-alanine biceps chin ups Fitness fitness flexion hypothenar eminence muscular imbalance protein synthesis pull ups push ups Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:20:53 +0000 181201 at https://breakingmuscle.com Leave the Gym Stiff, Come Back Stiff https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/leave-the-gym-stiff-come-back-stiff <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/leave-the-gym-stiff-come-back-stiff" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201808/jesseirrizaryweightlifting.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's more information available concerning warming up for workouts over cooling down afterward. Time to change the conversation. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Do a quick Google search and you&rsquo;ll find no shortage of articles that describe protocols that <a href="/fitness/build-a-better-warm-up-for-a-better-work-out">warm up your core temperature</a> and specific patterns of movement. There are more resources than ever before that describe how to warm up to ensure efficient movement during training.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/leave-the-gym-stiff-come-back-stiff" target="_blank">read more</a></p> active recovery active release techniques cool down Fitness relaxation rest and recovery spine health stretching warm up Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:16:44 +0000 181301 at https://breakingmuscle.com Confidence Is Stepping Up Despite Your Fears https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/confidence-is-stepping-up-despite-your-fears <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/confidence-is-stepping-up-despite-your-fears" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201808/wallclimbhelpobstaclerace1.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 sweet spot of confidence doesn’t stand crystallized in place, forever in our favor or eternally in our detriment. It bobs and weaves like a pugilist and makes curves and wild slides. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Recently, someone asked me to do a piece on confidence. I asked, &quot;What about it?&quot; She responded, &quot;How do we build it?&quot; A tall task, particularly for one who hasn&rsquo;t quite solved that problem for himself. It didn&#39;t take long to connect confidence and fitness and after a few more seconds, confidence and life. The question is, where would I start and how far should I go?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/confidence-is-stepping-up-despite-your-fears" target="_blank">read more</a></p> courage Fitness fitness goal setting motivation self confidence Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:09:33 +0000 181296 at https://breakingmuscle.com Working Towards Powerful Mobile Glutes https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/working-towards-powerful-mobile-glutes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/working-towards-powerful-mobile-glutes" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201808/airsquatbenchoceanview.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 glutes are an area that receives a lot of attention and people have a lot of opinions on how to strengthen them, but how does this muscle group actually work? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>The <a href="/fitness/butt-ology-101-how-to-enhance-your-gluteal-muscles">gluteal muscles</a>. Peaches. The thick musculature that generates the forces needed to run, jump, and propel you forward. It&rsquo;s an area that receives a lot of attention and people have a lot of opinions on how to strengthen, but how does this muscle group actually work?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/working-towards-powerful-mobile-glutes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> air squat bodyweight exercise cossack squat Fitness glute exercises glute training single leg deadlift yoga Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:45:46 +0000 181291 at https://breakingmuscle.com Back to the Grind: Your Guide to Crushing the Transition to a New Season https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/back-to-the-grind-your-guide-to-crushing-the-transition-to-a-new-season <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/back-to-the-grind-your-guide-to-crushing-the-transition-to-a-new-season" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201808/studentathleteoverheadpress.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 no need to panic, but let’s get serious. The season is right around the corner and with it comes academic rigor, practice, film, training, and treatment. All stress is cumulative. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Dear High School and College Athletes,</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s be honest. Your summer habits are not that healthy. I know you attended summer workouts, but what did the other 160 hours of your week look like? You&rsquo;d roll out of bed after four hours of sleep and will your body through the day&rsquo;s training. Feeling accomplished, and hungry from skipping breakfast, you&rsquo;d hit the drive-through for nuggets and a Mcflurry, or maybe those Jack in the Box tacos with a Slurpee. Then it was back to your house, or your buddy&rsquo;s.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/back-to-the-grind-your-guide-to-crushing-the-transition-to-a-new-season" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fitness fitness game plan healthy eating high school athletes meal planning meal prep nutrition plan rest and recovery sleep deprivation stress Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:11:35 +0000 181281 at https://breakingmuscle.com HIIT versus HIRT https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/hiit-versus-hirt <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/hiit-versus-hirt" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201808/craigmarkerkettlebellandbands.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">Your feelings don't matter! The higher the intensity, the less likely it is to feel "good." It's smart training and did we mention, your feelings don't matter. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p class="rtecenter"><img alt="HIIT versus HIRT" class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201808/craigmarkerantifragileself.jpg" title="Craig Marker pushing himself to the limit" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Your feelings don&rsquo;t matter! That is, your subjective feeling of the effectiveness of a workout is not important as what science tells us is important to building an impressive base of endurance and changing your body composition. A common training method is <a href="/category/tags/hiit">high-intensity interval training (HIIT)</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/hiit-versus-hirt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> ADP atp Burgomaster and Gibala Intervals Fitness high intensity interval training high intensity training HIIT HIRT tabata VO2 Max Mon, 13 Aug 2018 08:15:00 +0000 181256 at https://breakingmuscle.com Using 4 Billion Years of Nature's Research to Fight Obesity https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/using-4-billion-years-of-natures-research-to-fight-obesity <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/using-4-billion-years-of-natures-research-to-fight-obesity" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201808/sumowrestlerbackview.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">Nanotechnologists using tiny balls of engineered cellulose fibers added to food reduced fat absorption by half in lab and animal experiments. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Chemical intervention is about unsavory as it sounds, although it is often the only choice science and pharmacologists provide for some ailments. Professor Philip Demokritou, Director of Harvard&#39;s Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology believes that we can learn more from nature and use more nature-inspired and derived materials because we have 4 billion years of free R&amp;D there.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/using-4-billion-years-of-natures-research-to-fight-obesity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> diet dietary fat digestion fat Fitness nutrition research Sun, 12 Aug 2018 01:36:24 +0000 181251 at https://breakingmuscle.com Low Testosterone? You Could Be Overtraining https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/low-testosterone-you-could-be-overtraining <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/low-testosterone-you-could-be-overtraining" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201808/exhaustedlifterrestingonbarbell.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">Exposing the body to more stress than it can handle results in hormonal imbalances and many other issues. </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/201808/overtraining.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/low-testosterone-you-could-be-overtraining" target="_blank">read more</a></p> fatigue Fitness libido low testosterone massage overtraining rest and recovery self assessment self improvement Fri, 10 Aug 2018 08:15:00 +0000 181176 at https://breakingmuscle.com Tackle the Kettlebell Bent Press: Part 2 https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/tackle-the-kettlebell-bent-press-part-2 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/tackle-the-kettlebell-bent-press-part-2" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201610/bentpressheadline.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 bent press is a skill and requires repeated, focused practice. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>If you know much about old-time performing strongmen, then chances are high that you&rsquo;ve heard of the bent press before. Names like Arthur Saxon, Eugen Sandow, and Sig Klein probably ring a bell.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Typically performed with a barbell, strongmen would use the bent press as the preferred method to &ldquo;hoist&rdquo; a heavy load overhead with one arm</strong>. Arthur Saxton once did a bent press with 371 lbs! Somewhere between then and now the bent press has become more foreign, and I understand why.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/tackle-the-kettlebell-bent-press-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bent press Fitness kettle bell training Kettlebell overhead pressing shoulder health strength and conditioning Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0000 168631 at https://breakingmuscle.com Tackle the Kettlebell Bent Press: Part 1 https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/tackle-the-kettlebell-bent-press-part-1 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/tackle-the-kettlebell-bent-press-part-1" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201610/bentpresssnap.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 bent press is a skill that can help you get seriously strong and stable. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>If you know much about old-school strongmen like <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Saxon" target="_blank">Arthur Saxon</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugen_Sandow" target="_blank">Eugen Sandow</a>, and <a href="/fitness/strongman-profile-siegmund-klein-teaches-us-a-different-way-to-squat">Sig Klein</a>, chances are high that you&rsquo;ve heard of the bent press. Typically performed with a barbell, <strong>strongmen would use the bent press as the preferred method to hoist a heavy load overhead with one arm</strong>. Arthur Saxon once did a bent press with 371lb!</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/tackle-the-kettlebell-bent-press-part-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> arm bar bent press Fitness Kettlebell Skill Building strongman Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0000 168441 at https://breakingmuscle.com