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

Why Weightlifting Speed is So Important to Making Strength Gains

What Can Rep Tempo do For Your Training? Shane Trotter CSCS, ISSA Walk into the local gym and you'll inevitably see lines of athletes at the bench press...

By: Shane Trotter

How Often Should You Perform Plyos?

Plyometrics are the fastest way to turn the strength you build in the weight room into speed and explosiveness on the field. They're also incredib...

By: Andy Haley

How to Create the Perfect Plyo Workout Program

Plyometrics are an essential part of a training plan that develops an athlete's strength, speed and power. But like any training technique, there'...

By: Andy Haley

5 Ways Athletes Do Plyometrics Wrong

If you've spent any amount of time training for a sport, you've undoubtedly heard the term plyometrics. You've probably even performed a few plyo wo...

By: Andy Haley

5 Primal Exercises That Will Unleash Your Inner Beast

Feel like you want to unleash your inner animal? We've all been there. No matter what's stressing you out, intense exercise can help you blow o...

By: Brandon Hall

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.