Strength Training

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.

Latest in Strength Training

The Most Effective Way to Build Strong and Pain-Free Shoulders

Don't let traditional direct shoulder work beat up your joints and leave you hurt in the process. There's a more intelligent way to hammer the muscles...

By: John Rusin

Are HIIT Workouts Sabotaging Your Strength?

High-intensity interval training is considered by many to be the Holy Grail of exercise. It promises unmatched conditioning and fat-loss benefits in...

By: Andy Haley

Build Gymnast-Caliber Core Strength With the Front Lever

You see those jacked calisthenic athletes throwing themselves around the bars and making it look easy. Well they all had to Start somewhere and they...

By: Jimmy Schroader

4 Resistance Band Core Exercises for Rock-Solid Abs

While resistance bands are often used in powerlifting-centric training programs to alter the strength curve on exercises like Squats and Bench Presses,...

By: Yunus Barisik

5 Ways You're Screwing Up Box Jumps

Box Jumps: The Five Mistakes You're Probably Making Everywhere you look, from CrossFit boxes to traditional health clubs, there's been a surge in...

By: Jesse McMeekin

Latest Videos in Strength Training

How Nick Martin of the Houston Texans is Approaching His Rookie Season

Nick Martin, rookie offensive lineman for the Houston Texans, is training hard in preparation for his NFL debut.

Try This NFL-Caliber Dynamic Warm-up with Chris Harris Jr.

See the moves a Super Bowl champion defensive back does at the start of his workouts to prepare his body to perform.

PRO TIPS: How NFL Trainer Travelle Gaines Teaches Box Jumps

The coach to several high-profile NFL and NBA players explains what he's looking for when his athletes perform this popular plyometric exercise.

What OLB Lamarr Houston Does to Prepare for an NFL Season

Watch the workout he performed with trainer Travelle Gaines to sharpen up before reporting for training camp.

Chicago Bears LB Lamarr Houston's Explosive Workout

Watch him conquer this beastly session while wearing an altitude training mask! He also sounds off on how playing both ways in high school helped him become the athlete he is today.