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 - How Tough Is Your Mind?

By Michelle Baumann

 

At the pinnacle of every grueling workout live two types of athletes: those who choose grace, and those who choose chaos.

 

If you think mindfulness is a bunch of hippy-yoga-nonsense, think again. Learning how to control your mind in stressful situations will harness untapped strength that you never knew existed.

 

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#2 - Stop Apologizing for Your Goals

By Pete Hitzeman

 

The lifestyle choices you make to support your athletic goals aren’t anyone’s business but your own, and possibly your coach’s. If people feel threatened by your ability to stick to your plan in the face of abundant temptation and social pressure, that’s on them.

 

C. S. Lewis famously said, “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” With respect to Mr. Lewis, that’s a bunch of bovine excrement. Doing the right thing with no eyes on you is child’s play. The real test of integrity is doing the right thing when everyone is watching and expects you do to something different.

 

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#3 - 4 Mindset Lessons From the Legends

By Ramy Saleh

 

Great athletes are not born great. They are molded into legends through hard work, experience, and setbacks. Some of the greatest athletes of all time, the rule changers, have qualities that extend beyond talent, genetics, training, nutrition, recovery, and work ethic.
 
Their success came from something much deeper: mindset. Any athlete who wishes to climb to the top must find inspiration from the greats and adopt these four powerful mindsets.
 

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