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.

 

 

#1 - 7 Plyometric Exercises to Build Power Quickly

By Krista Stryker

 

Whether you’re a serious athlete or just want to add some cool new tricks to your repertoire, plyometric exercises are the key to increasing your power, improving your reaction time, and taking your athleticism to the next level.

 

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#2 - Lift Stuff: Add Mass to Your Body and Years to Your Life

By Tommy Wood

 

Muscle does more than just help you fill out a t-shirt and make it harder to buy a pair of jeans that fits. We now know muscles make up the largest organ in the body. In response to movement, muscles secrete a number of factors that reduce inflammation, improve bone health, and help protect against heart disease and multiple forms of cancer. Adding muscle through resistance training is also one of the most reliable ways to improve insulin sensitivity and metabolic health.

 

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#3 - Dear Wodapalooza: Stop Insulting Masters Athletes

By Patrick McCarty

 

All you event organizers out there, stop placating 50+ athletes. If you are one of the big comps, including the CrossFit Games themselves, give us your best shot. Let those 50-54, 55-59, and 60+ athletes who put in the work and have serious competition aspirations have a legit shot by hitting the full spectrum of possible movements.

 

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Photo courtesy of Krista Stryker.

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