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

Miami Marlins Closer A.J. Ramos is a Fitness Freak, Deadlifts 525 Pounds

Don't ever let anyone tell you that pitchers aren't strong. Last week, we saw Aroldis Chapman leg press nearly 1,000 pounds. Now we've got Miami...

By: Brandon Hall

7 Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Long-Term Workout Progress

There is an undeniable influx of new gym-goers at the beginning of every new year. Some of these New Year's Resolution holders are destined for years of...

By: Brian Carlson

Science Says You're Probably Working Out 25% More Than You Need To

Taking breaks from training means you're soft and weak, right? You're probably told that taking even a week off from training will put you behind yo...

By: Andy Haley

3 Ways to Fix Bad Squat Form

Why Does Back Squatting Feel Awkward? Back Squatting tends to make its way into most strength and conditioning programs. So why is this exercise...

By: Mike Sirani

Fresh Off His First Season Back as a Starting Quarterback, RG3 is Getting After It in the Gym

After a 2015 season in which former Heisman trophy winner and NFL Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III took not a single snap under center, the polar...

By: Jordan Zirm

Latest Videos in Strength Training

How NBA Rookie Kay Felder Uses Strength Training to Prepare for a Game

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Kay Felder's game-day strength training routine with Cleveland Cavaliers strength coach Derek Millender.

Real Workouts: NBA Star Jimmy Butler

Get the full workout of NBA Star Jimmy Butler as he prepares for the season.

Quick and Easy High-Intensity Burpee Workout

Whether you're on the go, traveling or just stuck with a busy day, there's always time to get in a fast workout. CrossFit coach Scott Supler demonstrates how to perform a quick, high-intensity workout he calls the 100-Burpee Challenge.

How to Warm Up for a High-Intensity Workout

At CrossFit Distinction in Ohio, coach Scott Supler demonstrates how to warm up for a high-intensity activity. Supler explains how and why to get your joints and body loose and ready before starting a workout.

3 Strength Exercises Every Runner Should Do

Whether you're training for a 5k or a marathon, strength training is an essential element to develop an efficient stride, stay healthy and improve your running times. Here are three exercises that will give your running a boost.