Top 10 Articles in 2011 on Breaking Muscle

Did you read all the top stories on Breaking Muscle in 2011? Better be sure! Check out our Top Ten List of all the best news and features in fitness and exercise!

2011 was a great year for us here at and a few thanks are in order before we list our Top ten articles of the past year.

We are very proud of our staff of writers and guest posters. Our contributors include fitness and wellness experts who are world-champion athletes, gym owners, nutritionists, acupuncturists, coaches, private trainers, powerliters, Olympic lifters, CrossFitters, yoga practitioners, kettlebell enthusiasts, endurance athletes, gluten-free chefs, and more.

We also had a fantastic array of featured coaches this past year highlighting the disciplines of Olympic lifting, CrossFit, mixed martial arts, and more.

And from all that, comes our Top Ten Articles of 2011. The numbers don’t lie – here were our most read features:

1. The 7 Fitness Myths (i.e. Total B.S.) You Need to Know
Seven things you might think you know about fitness…that just aren’t true at all. Start your New Year on the right foot, with some real knowledge about how to reach your fitness goals.

2. Kinetic Analysis of the Push-Up: Which Version Is Hardest?
It comes up often during workouts – just how much weight are you moving while performing a push-up? And what is a proper progression of push-up variations? Read on to find out.

3. 10 Ways to Win Over Your Grappler Friend
Have a friend who’s become obsessed with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or grappling? Not sure how to communicate with them anymore? Read these 10 tips to win over your martial arts friend!

4. Tips for Choosing a CrossFit Gym
There are CrossFit gyms popping up everywhere these days. How do you choose which one is best for you? Read on for tips and criteria on picking out the gym for you.

5. Synthetic Primal: Stone Age Fitness in the 21st Century
Unless you’ve been living in a cave recently you’ve probably heard of the concept of “Paleo” or “primal” fitness. So, um… how do I actually do this primal fitness thing?

6. Demystifying Supplements: The 4 Essential Daily Supplements You Need
The world of supplements is confusing. But, what if supplementation helped you – a normal person – feel better, perform better, and live longer? Here are the four essential supplements you need.

7. So You Think You’re a Coach? – Coaching With Intention
As a new coach, leading a group fitness class can be an overwhelming experience. Amidst the demands of leading a class, sometimes the true core of coaching is lost.

8. 4 Great Tools for Stretching and Mobility
As a fitness coach I am constantly talking to my clients about the importance of stretching and working on mobility. Here are my favorite tools for increasing mobility and flexibility.

9. A Brief History of the CrossFit Games
The CrossFit Games came to an exciting and exhilarating end this past Sunday at the Home Depot Center in Southern California. Here’s a recap of each year’s events and winners.

10. 8 Must Haves for Your Gym Bag
Just the other week, I wrote about the 10 items you need to have to build a good home gym. Now, what about the rest of you, who are members of a gym?

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