Welcome to a special monthly edition of our roundup, Five of the Very Best! Today, we're posting up Breaking Muscle's top five articles of the month. These pieces have caught your attention throughout December. So here they are in one place for you to consume, digest, and enjoy.

 

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#1 - CrossFitters: 5 Steps to Immediately Improve Your Weightlifting

By Colm O'Reilly

 

You know the drill all too well. You hit your warm up, you load your plates on your bar on your platform. Same as always. But then it happens... you start to miss. Why? A lot of the time we’re physically able to shift the metal, but we psych ourselves out. Here are some strategies to overcome this.

 

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#2 - Your Diet Is Not Normal: Here's Why

By Craig Marker

 

Individual physiological differences play an important role in how well diets and training programs work. Basic diets might work for many people who are overweight. But as you approach your goal physique, your nutrition needs to be tailored to you.

 

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#3 - The Formula for a Successful CrossFit Gym

By Patrick McCarty

 

There are now more than 10,000 CrossFit gyms around the globe and counting. But a few elite boxes have percolated to the top of the pack, created a movement, and continued to thrive even as the market has become crowded with competitors. That's because they have figured out the formula.

 

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#4 - How to Smash the 225lb Rep Max Bench Test

By Chris Holder

 

Most college football players are beat up by the end of a long season. But if you are a high-level player, the post-season is the time to prepare for the NFL Combine. The skills you need to master for the Combine tests are very specific. One of those tests is the 225lb rep max on the bench press - and here’s how you smash it.

 

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#5 - The One-Session, One-Exercise, One-Set Strength Plan

By Chet Morjaria

 

If you’re anything like me, holiday season training is a mental struggle. There’s little chance of sticking to a meaningful, 3-4 times a week training plan. So how do you fit a structured strength training program into the forthcoming weeks? What if you could get all the strength, speed, and power work you need with one single set of one exercise, one day a week?

 

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