12 Reps – The Breaking Muscle Digest – Vol. 1, Issue 5

Twelve reader favorites from the past week and from the archives, curated to save you time and bring you happiness.

We’re back with twelve more interesting, inspiring, and informative articles and videos chosen with love just for you, our loyal reader.

It’s retro week for the 12 Reps Digest. We dug up some gems you won’t want to miss.

Top Video of the Week:

3 Exercises to Improve Your Shoulder Mobility – For increased flexibility, less stiffness, freer and fuller range of motion, and less pain in your shoulders – try these three exercises daily for one week. Incorporate them into your regular routine if you notice positive changes.

Featured Article of the Week:

The Athlete’s Manifesto – We all want the best from our gym and from our coaches, but are we asking more than we’re offering? See why The Athlete’s Manifesto is one of our most popular, and important, articles of all time.

Reader Favorites of the Week:

Smart Strength With Charles Staley – This week, a discussion on programming volume and intensity. Then, Charles reveals his shortcomings and how they affect his training. If you haven’t done this for yourself, check it out and be inspired.

It’s Time to Skip the Bedtime Wine – Learn about the enemies of restful sleep and five ways to defeat them.

Workout Programs:

6 Strongman Events and How to Train for Them in a Regular Gym – Squat, deadlift, clean and press, load, carry, and flip or pull – get these down and you can do anything in the world.

A 12-Week Training Plan to Improve Your Rowing Numbers – You’ve worked on your technique (or have you?), but now your progress on the rower has stalled out. Let world class rowers Ellen Tomek and Meghan O’Leary show you how to suffer and succeed like the pros.

From the Archives:

3 Forgotten Factors in Muscle Building – Make sure you’re not missing any of these if putting on a little size is important to you.

Kinetic Analysis of the Push Up – Which version is the hardest? Which ones can you do?

Confessions of a Glamour Girl – On the dangers of stereotypes in fitness (and in life.)

The 17 Commandments of Rowing – A journey from hate to happiness on the C2.

The What the Hell Effect – How is it that the kettlebell swing can improve so many different markers of strength, such as the squat and pull up?

Old-Time Strongman Profile: Sigmund Klein – Physical culturist Sigmund Klein was well regarded for his physique and posing skills, but was also accomplished at hand balancing and muscle-control.

We hope you enjoy these selections – see you all next week for another installment.

The Breaking Muscle Team