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

Bulletproof Your Core With 3 Advanced TRX Exercises

Ditch the crunches, sit-ups and boring planks. Stop doing "ab exercises" that fry your hip flexors instead of your actual abdominal muscles. When it...

By: Justin Ochoa

The Renegade Row is the Ultimate Test of Core Strength

There's an ever-growing list of new and effective core exercises. At the same time, others fall out of style—we're thinking of Crunches and Sit-...

By: Andy Haley

Are Bodybuilding Workouts Appropriate for Athletes?

Are Bodybuilding Workouts Appropriate for Athletes? The short answer is no. There are, however parts of bodybuilding workouts that we, as athletes, can...

By: Matt Tanneberg

This Might Be the Toughest Exercise Circuit Ever

The "Hank the Tank" exercise circuit is by far one of the toughest circuits you'll try. It's a cool 80 degrees outside, the players are all gathered...

By: Scott Thom

Build a Strong Chest and Core With Spiderman Push-Up Variations

Pushup variations are a dime a dozen. Some are nothing more than a lame attempt at creativity, but others are fantastic. And spiderman pushups is one of...

By: Ben Johnson

Latest Videos in Strength Training

Nick Ahmed's Lower-Body Power Circuit for Explosive Power

Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed performs a four-exercise lower-body power circuit during an off-season workout to develop unilateral strength, stability and explosive power.

Arizona Shortstop Nick Ahmed's Hip Strength Superset

During the off-season Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed performs a superset comprised of Barbell Hip Lifts and Mini Band Rotations to improve hip strength.

Arizona Shortstop Nick Ahmed's Plyo Superset

Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed performs a superset of Medial Lateral Bounds and Depth Drop to Broad Jump in the off-season to improve his explosiveness during quick changes in direction on the field.

Arizona Shortstop Nick Ahmed's Favorite Baseball Hitting Tips

Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed shares his two favorite tips to improve hitting power. Add these tricks to your game the next time you step up to the plate to hit like a pro.

Arizona Shortstop Nick Ahmed's Hip Mobility Series

Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed performs a two-exercise hip mobility series during an off-season workout to stay healthy at the end of an intense lower-body strength day. Ahmed performs Deep Squats and a Manual Hip Stretch to keep his hips mobile.