The Case for Specialized Glute Training

Isolation movements have fallen from favor, but should an exception be made for glutes?

Strength coaches like complex movements that recruit multiple muscle groups. These movements are closer to athletic skills and may transfer to the playing field better than isolation exercises. So when an athlete wants to focus on his or her glutes, they are often advised to perform kettlebell swings, deadlifts, and low bar back squats. 
But is there a case for a dedicated glute exercise?

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Movement Is Bigger Than Fitness

Our ability to manage complex sensory inputs dictates our physical, emotional, and psychological health.

In the grand scheme of things, your PRs and race times aren’t that important. There, I’ve said it. Improving yourself is always something to be proud of, but there’s more to movement than exercise. Hang tight with me here. We’re going to explore what movement means for the big picture of human health, both mental and physical.


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10 Of The Most Efficient 10-Minute Workouts

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No time to workout this week? Think again! If you’re anything like me this week is pretty jam-packed already… we’re finally getting sod for our new yard, baseball and softball games and practices, school, work, piano lessons, and just about every other activity under the sun! Don’t let your super-busy schedule get in the way of your workouts this week – you’ll have the time if you decide to make it now! Well – that and these killer workouts! Your “Weekly Workout Plan” this week is 10 great workouts that require about 10 minutes each to complete. Your objective is to get through at least 5 of them this week – 10 if you’re feeling amazing. You don’t need a lot of time or equipment – just 10 minutes, these workouts, and a little space to shred some extra calories out of your day! Here we go… 

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 The Workouts

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3 of the Best: This Week’s Top Articles, Vol. 28

These pieces have caught your attention throughout the week. So here they are in one place for you to consume, digest, and enjoy.

Welcome to our 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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20 Healthy Gifts for Mom

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With mother’s day right around the corner (next Sunday, May 8th), many people are looking to find the perfect gift for their mom. This woman gave birth to you, so she deserves something amazing, right?!

This year, give her something that will help her be healthy and feel great. I’ve put together 20 of the best healthy gifts that you could give your mother this year:

Here’s the deal – most of the links you’ll find below will take you to Amazon where you’ll be able to buy these amazing products. They are affiliate links and I will get a small percent if you do buy them… SO BUY AWAY!! ? But seriously, though, thanks in advance for clicking over from my site. This is in no way an endorsement of any of these products and none of them paid me to sponsor them on this post… I just thought they were cool products! I know my mom and wife would love them!

Now let’s do this…

1. FitBit – and fitbit accessories
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Whether your mom is training for a marathon or wanting to get more steps in everyday, this is such a fun device for her to have.  I gave my wife a FitBit Charge last year and she LOVES it!.Plus, with all the additional fun bands that you can get on Amazon, she can accessorize it anyway she wants! (Like this floral band for only $6.99!)
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2. Infused water bottle
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These infuser water bottles are all the rage right now – who doesn’t want to drink delicious water that has been flavored naturally? The thing that I love about this one is that it’s under $20 and comes with a recipe book to get you started!

3. Massage gift certificate
When I gave this one to my wife one year, I was pretty much husband-of-the-year. Every mom deserves a little break! Find a local massage place and purchase a gift certificate – you can usually get a great deal during mother’s day.

4. Herb Garden Kit
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Fresh herbs can make all the difference in your cooking, so get mom a herb garden. These are so simple to care for and they can be kept indoors or outdoors.

5. Homemade Meal
Chances are, your mother has cooked for you your entire life . . . why don’t you return the favor? Put together an amazing dinner and give her the night off!
Here are a couple of my healthy recipes that are simple and delicious:
Copycat Olive Garden Recipes
Fiesta Lime Chicken
Taco Salad

6. Cookbook
Speaking of cooking, maybe mom wants some new ideas of healthy recipes that she could try?!
Here are some of my wife’s favorite cookbooks:
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400 Calories or Less with Our Best Bites

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A Year of Menu Plans with Six Sisters’ Stuff

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SkinnyTaste Cookbook

7. Homemade Body Scrub
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This homemade scrub is very inexpensive to make – and only has 4 ingredients. Every mom would love it!

8. New Shoes
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I have quickly come to learn that the way to a women’s heart is through shoes. ? And what woman wouldn’t want some cute new shoes to workout in?

9. Workout Clothes
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Some new things to wear to the gym or for a run might be all she needs to motivate her!

10. Yoga Mat
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Yoga mats come in literally every color of the rainbow!

11. iTunes Gift Card
As a bonus, include a list of your favorite songs to workout to! Need some help? Check out these playlists:
55 of the Best Workout Songs
50 of the Best Running Songs
Best Workout Songs of the 90’s

12. Gift Certificate for Personal Training Session
Head over to your local gym and book a few sessions with a personal trainer for your mom. It’s something that she would probably never buy for herself, but will love it!

13. Membership for on online fitness group
If your mom isn’t a member of a gym, there are still many online fitness groups and challenges that will you could sign your mom up for. Here are three ideas:
1. Six Sisters’ Strong 90 Day Health and Fitness Plan
2. Feel Great In 8 Challenge
3. 8-Week At-Home Workout Plan

14. Jewelry (of the fitness variety)
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I love the message on this necklace – perfect for any mom!


15. Blender
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Get mom a new blender that will whip smoothies up in no time! In fact check it out ↓↓↓↓ Click here for 30% off Blendtec PLUS FREE shipping! Favorite child status for life!

(You could even throw in my 25 of the Best Green Smoothies ebook to get her started!)

16. Sunglasses
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Protect mom’s eyes in style with these awesome sunglasses!

17. Foot Spa
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I got one of these for my wife a couple years ago and she has LOVED it. Our kids love to use it too. ?

18. Healthy Magazine Subscription
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With healthy ideas and recipes arriving in her mailbox, she will be inspired all year long! It’s the gift that keeps on giving! ?

19. Journal
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Keep your diet and exercise right on track with this health journal.

20. Back Massager
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I know that it looks like E.T., but this little piece of magic does amazing things! Your mom will use this back massager every day . . .

So I know my mom and wife would be stoked to get any one of those things, but I’m curious – do you have any other ideas for Mother’s Day gifts? I would love to have you share in the comments below!

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