Breaking Muscle http://breakingmuscle.com/feed/rss en Athletics Versus Aesthetics: What’s the Difference? http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/athletics-versus-aesthetics-whats-the-difference <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/athletics-versus-aesthetics-whats-the-difference" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202101/athleticsversusaesthetics.png" alt="" title="" 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 to differentiate between building muscle for looks and building muscle for function. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p dir="ltr">Hell, even the words themselves are eerily similar. When, in fact, the two couldn&rsquo;t be more different. The strength culture that is booming right now needs a little time to sort out some basic science.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/athletics-versus-aesthetics-whats-the-difference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> agility athletic performance athleticism body fat bodybuilding cardiovascular fitness Fitness free weights hypertrophy movement patterns range of motion sport injury risk weightlifting workout programming Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:35:47 +0000 184796 at http://breakingmuscle.com Understanding Maximum Heart Rate http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/understanding-maximum-heart-rate <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/understanding-maximum-heart-rate" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202101/maximumheartratemhr.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">Monitoring your heart rate may improve your overall health and performance, so my suggestion to anybody trying to nail down their MHR is to use multiple methods and monitor your results. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>The modern fitness era has brought a host of <a href="/healthy-eating/stop-trying-to-hack-your-diet">wearable technologies</a> that can track extraordinary amounts of biological and physiological data. Perhaps the most commonly measured variable we see today is one&rsquo;s <a href="/fitness/keys-to-monitor-an-athletes-workload">heart rate</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/202101/jimmyprunningpic.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/understanding-maximum-heart-rate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> aerobic exercise aerobic fitness Fitness fitness fitness technology heart health heart rate heart rate variability obesity obesity crisis VO2 Max wearables weight loss Tue, 19 Jan 2021 19:54:16 +0000 184781 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Hemp Plant's Untapped Potential http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-hemp-plants-untapped-potential <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/the-hemp-plants-untapped-potential" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202012/maxmoldaschlytthumbnail.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">Despite initially being skeptical of CBD oil, he took the plunge and began using it, and had such positive results he began researching it extensively. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div class="media_embed" height="360px" width="640px"><iframe allowfullscreen="" height="360px" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-ohV5eC_pOQ" width="640px"></iframe></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In today&rsquo;s episode of the breaking muscle podcast, I am joined by <a href="https://cannabishealthnews.co.uk/2020/10/14/a-force-of-nature/" target="_blank">Max Moldaschl</a>. Max began his finance career, but found himself tired, stressed, overworked, and heading for burnout.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-hemp-plants-untapped-potential" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bodybuilding elite Elite Programming Fitness growth hacking growth mindset hypertrophy knowledge performance podcast workout programming Mon, 18 Jan 2021 15:53:07 +0000 184736 at http://breakingmuscle.com 10 At-Home Exercises For Women That Actually Work http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/10-at-home-exercises-for-women-that-actually-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/10-at-home-exercises-for-women-that-actually-work" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202101/gluteraisewoman.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">Even though you are confined to the four walls of your home, do not let this confinement stop you from following and achieving your fitness goals. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Since the idea of work-from-home is getting extremely popular during the pandemic, make sure you do not leave your health regimen high and dry. Everyone is suffering from <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29697338/" target="_blank">Schr&ouml;dinger&rsquo;s disease</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The self-isolation focuses on the idea of assuming that either you are containing the virus from the outspread or preventing yourself from being infected by avoiding any contact with the external environment.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/10-at-home-exercises-for-women-that-actually-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> at home training at home workouts balance ability body fat body weight core stability core strength Fitness fitness Front Squat glutes hamstrings resistance bands stay fit at home weight loss women's fitness workouts Sun, 10 Jan 2021 23:07:25 +0000 184761 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Physiological Effects of Face Masks During Workouts http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-physiological-effects-of-face-masks-during-workouts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/the-physiological-effects-of-face-masks-during-workouts" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202101/snatchwithmask.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">Masking is a fact of life during the era of Covid-19 but how do they impact strenuous exercise? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><img alt="End Tidal Carbon Dioxide Level" class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/202101/endtidalcarbondioxidelevelresearch.jpg" title="Mean changes in end-tidal carbon dioxide throughout the exercise test performed by 16 subjects without a mask, with a surgical mask, and with N95 respirator. Error bars represent 95% confidence interval. *indicate significant differences (P &lt; .05)" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-physiological-effects-of-face-masks-during-workouts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> aerobic fitness altitude training anaerobic exercise blood flow restriction training breathing Carbon Dioxide covid-19 face masks Fitness heart rate oxygen pandemic physiological stress training mask Fri, 08 Jan 2021 17:33:27 +0000 184771 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Learn a Handstand and Fall Less http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/how-to-learn-a-handstand-and-fall-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/how-to-learn-a-handstand-and-fall-less" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202101/handstandingym.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">Progress in handstands and calisthenics is determined by how strong your joints and tendons become because these small areas have to withstand the load and force passing through them. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>It&rsquo;s important to know what you want from your handstand journey. The majority of us aren&rsquo;t <a href="/fitness/master-the-hollow-body-hold-to-move-like-a-gymnast">gymnasts</a> or professional hand-balancers, so we don&rsquo;t have to have a perfect handstand, whatever that is.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With social media, we can often feel disheartened because we are exposed to the very best, whose job is to have a certain handstand.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>There is no competition or judges for the regular person; you are only training for yourself.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/how-to-learn-a-handstand-and-fall-less" target="_blank">read more</a></p> alignment balance ability core endurance Fitness flexibility handstand handstand push up handstand walking neuromuscular pike press to handstand shoulder mobility Spatial Ability wrist pain Mon, 04 Jan 2021 09:44:26 +0000 184741 at http://breakingmuscle.com The World’s Strongest 70-Year Old http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-worlds-strongest-70-year-old <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/the-worlds-strongest-70-year-old" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202012/oddhaugenyt2.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">A lifetime of lessons from a lifting legend, Odd Haugen, on what it takes to get to the top and how to stay there. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div class="media_embed" height="360px" width="640px"><iframe allowfullscreen="" height="360px" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cW1n_pk3Yhg" width="640px"></iframe></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The word legend is thrown around too often, but in this episode, we are genuinely joined by a legend of strength sports &ndash; <a href="https://www.oddehaugen.com/" target="_blank">Odd Haugen</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-worlds-strongest-70-year-old" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bodybuilding elite Elite Programming Fitness growth hacking growth mindset hypertrophy knowledge performance podcast strongman workout programming Sun, 20 Dec 2020 22:10:22 +0000 184626 at http://breakingmuscle.com Mapping Out Muscle Gain http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/mapping-out-muscle-gain <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/mapping-out-muscle-gain" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202012/mappingoutmusclegainthumbnail.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">How to use the Primer-Build-Solidify System to Plan Effective Long-Term, Muscle Building Training </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div class="media_embed" height="360px" width="640px"><iframe allowfullscreen="" height="360px" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/iUgN99NAVQk" width="640px"></iframe></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In this episode, I explain exactly how I think you should train to build the most muscle possible. I explain what <a href="/fitness/individualizing-macronutrient-ratios-for-fat-loss">anabolic resistance</a> is and why it means you must change your training strategy to keep growing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>I identify the three key phases of training, P.B.S. for short</strong>:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/mapping-out-muscle-gain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bodybuilding elite Elite Programming Fitness growth hacking growth mindset hypertrophy knowledge performance podcast workout programming Tue, 15 Dec 2020 15:32:39 +0000 184746 at http://breakingmuscle.com Are You the One Sabotaging Your Gains? http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/are-you-the-one-sabotaging-your-gains <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/are-you-the-one-sabotaging-your-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/202012/wallball.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 is a time and place to empty the tank and display your absolute end degrees of strength, however, nobody ever wins a weight room training championship. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>A common misconception in strength training is that every set must be <a href="/fitness/is-training-to-failure-right-for-you">taken to muscular failure</a> to yield a positive adaption.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When it comes to <a href="/fitness/is-there-a-magical-rep-range-for-hypertrophy">high-rep hypertrophy and endurance training</a>, the body will ultimately discontinue work due to your intolerance to bear the high level of hydrogen accumulation or the accumulation of <a href="/fitness/why-everything-you-know-about-lactic-acid-might-be-wrong">lactic acid</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/are-you-the-one-sabotaging-your-gains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 1 rep max absolute strength endurance training Fitness hypertrophy incline press injuries maximal muscular power microcycle periodization range of motion Reps in Reserve rest and recovery training programs Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:12:49 +0000 184726 at http://breakingmuscle.com Do This To Increase Your Bench Press http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/do-this-to-increase-your-bench-press <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/do-this-to-increase-your-bench-press" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img loading="lazy" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/202012/benchpresspowerlifting.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">When your bench press plateaus, the good news is it's easily fixed by identifying the underlying problem and implementing effective solutions to address them. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Have you ever said any of the following about your <a href="/fitness/6-steps-to-becoming-the-bro-with-the-biggest-bench">bench press</a>?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>&ldquo;I almost had it, I just <em>mis-grooved</em> the lift.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I always get pinned at the bottom of my bench.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I can touch and go this weight, but when I pause my bench, I&rsquo;m so much weaker.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;My overhead press and other bench accessories all got stronger but my bench stayed the same.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/do-this-to-increase-your-bench-press" target="_blank">read more</a></p> absolute strength bench press biomechanics eccentric training Fitness fitness isometrics loading microcycle pectorals powerlifting rest and recovery shoulders stretch shortening tempo training triceps exercises Mon, 07 Dec 2020 16:26:11 +0000 184721 at http://breakingmuscle.com