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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By: Dylan Spadaccini
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MLB prospect Dominic Smith demonstrates the explosive core exercise he uses to build a more powerful swing.
Develop the core strength needed for powerful baseball swings and throws with MLB prospect Dominic Smith's dumbbell core exercise.
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MLB prospect Dominic Smith performs Single-Leg Plate Squats to improve strength and prevent injuries.