3 of the Best: This Week's Top Articles, Vol. 27

Welcome to our brand new weekend roundup, Three of the Best! Every Sunday, we'll post up Breaking Muscle's top three articles of the week. These pieces have caught your attention throughout the last seven days. So here they are in one place for you to consume, digest, and enjoy.


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#1 - 5 Ways You're Wasting Your Time in the Gym

By Charles Staley


These are my five favorite wastes of time in the gym. Mistaking pain for progress is the common cognitive error behind all five of these unfortunate exercise choices.


I can think of even worse exercises, but I’m giving you enough credit to assume you’re not doing them. If you do any or all of these drills on occasion for a change of pace, that’s totally fine. But if any of these moves are staples in your training, I’d urge you to reconsider.




#2 - A 12-Week Fat Loss Plan: Phase 3

By Lauryn Lax



If you’ve completed phase one and phase two of this program, hopefully your body is beginning to thrive and crave real food and smart exercise. There aren’t any huge changes in phase three. Instead, we will add in some fine-tuning and self-observation to ensure your results are built to last.


Keep the end in mind, but don’t forget to celebrate how far you’ve already come. Remember, what matters most is living for today. That is how the little things add up to big things over time.




#3 - Build a Resilient Spine: Challenge Your System

By Matthew Ibrahim


You can’t build a strong, stable spine by moving in just one plane of motion. More importantly, you can’t build a resilient spine without providing a challenging stimulus for it to respond to.


Designing an intelligent program that covers all aspects of core stability and strength is truly the game-changer in terms of efficient movement and performance. To make sure to cover all your bases when it comes to training your core the right way, you need all of the exercises presented here.




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