Strength Training Articles

Because muscular strength is a key driver of speed, power and athletic performance, elite athletes regularly perform workouts with the goal to improve their strength. Such workouts improve muscle size, mass, strength and power, while also helping to prevent injury. Strength training exercises typically involve pushing, pulling or lifting external weight in the form of barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells and med balls. Bodyweight and resistance band exercises are also effective. Athletes generally target the muscles of the lower body, upper body and core that are used in competition. Find advice about the best ways to increase strength from today's top coaches and elite athletes.

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Forget Olympic Lifts: Build Awesome Explosive Power With Med Ball Exercises

When training individuals of all populations and backgrounds, there should always be one main underlying objective: "Do no harm!" As fitness professio...

By: J.T. Kotowski

Upgrade Your Bicep Curl With This Awesome, Athlete-Focused Variation From Russell Westbrook

Bicep Curls don't have a huge impact on sports performance. This should not come as Earth-shattering news to you. However, they do serve some pu...

By: Brandon Hall

10 Functional, Athletic Barbell Bench Press Alternatives

When your workout plan includes the Barbell Bench Press and time is limited, your patience can be tested when you walk in a gym to find every bench in...

By: Jim Carpentier

How to Fix 2 Big Mistakes Athletes Make With High-Intensity Interval Training

It's human nature to constantly search for the bigger, better thing. What's more effective than what I'm doing now? What will give me the biggest r...

By: Mike Sirani

Add 50 Pounds to Your Back Squat in 8 Weeks With the Barbell Hip Thrust

When looking at success and failure in sports, many athletes find their downfall comes from a lack of strength. Researchers and coaches often evaluate...

By: Jake Tuura

Build Figure Skating Power With The Dumbbell Split Snatch

If you have experience with figure skating or have been watching the Winter Olympics, you'll know the sport requires explosive power combined with the...

By: Jordan Guilford

5 Simple Exercises to Improve Your Soccer Skills

Spoiler alert: to be good at soccer, players need to be more than technically and tactically talented. A player can only get away with just ball wo...

By: Erica Suter

How to Use a Kettlebell to Drastically Improve Your Deadlift Form

One of the things I struggle with the most is my Deadlift positioning. The Deadlift is a very interesting lift because it relies so much on your le...

By: Jacob Pontius

New Study Reveals Gaining Muscle Actually Alters Your DNA for a Lifetime

You've likely heard of "yo-yo" weight loss—the issue that plagues many Americans who work hard to shed pounds, only to see them inevitably creep bac...

By: Brandon Hall

2 Essential Factors Athletes Cannot Ignore About Workout Recovery

Training is just one part of the formula for peak performance. Another critical component in that equation is recovery. Training creates a stimulus...

By: Erick Avila

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