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

This Push-Up Workout Challenges Your Chest From all Angles

Elevate Sports Performance with These Grueling Ascending and Descending Push-Up Variations By Jim Carpentier, CSCS Performing numerous conventional...

By: Jim Carpentier

5 Baseball Exercises That Increase Hitting and Throwing Power

Sports are played in all three planes of motion; sagittal, frontal and transverse. So why then do most athletes train in primarily the sagittal or...

By: Mitch Gill

20-Minute Full-Body Thanksgiving Day Workout

Thanksgiving is here! Time for some relaxation, gratitude and a chance to have some quality family time. The best part for an athlete is you finally get...

By: Ben Boudro

This Pitching Recovery Workout Will Help Maintain Your Throwing Shoulder

Pitching is a high risk, high reward sporting event, and small variances – a few inches or miles per hour – can be the difference between a scholarship...

By: Nate Palmer

5 Lower-Body Sled Exercises That Build Strength and Power

Sleds are an incredible tool for any athlete to build strength, power, and conditioning. They are incredibly versatile and can be used for many...

By: John Papp

Latest Videos in Strength Training

The Training That Allowed Raiders CB Obi Melifonwu to Dominate the NFL Combine

NFL cornerback Obi Melifonwu destroyed the NFL Combine with a 4.40 40-Yard Dash and a 44-inch Vertical Jump. Here's an inside look at how he hones his extraordinary athleticism.

Improve Your Golf Performance With Tips From Dustin Johnson’s Strength Coach

Legendary golf performance coach “Joey D” Diovisalvi talks about the evolution of golf.

A Legendary Collegiate Strength Coach Explains How High School Athletes Should be Training

Boyd Epley, assistant athletic director for strength and conditioning at Nebraska, talks about the mistakes that high school athletes make with their training.

Crush Your Workouts With Tips From Brady Collins, Strength Coach for the University of Cincinnati Football Team

Brady Collins explains the type of mindset athletes need in the weight room to get results.

How the Cincinnati Bengals Approach Offseason Training

Bengals strength coach Chip Morton talks about how his athletes approach their offseason training program.