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 Common Workout Mistake is Ruining Your Posture And Stifling Your Performance

If you have a pull to match every push in your workout program, congratulations—you're already doing more than most people. But don't get too exc...

By: Brandon Hall

Increase Your Deadlift Instantly With This Simple Hack

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By: Chris Cooper

3 Steps to Perfect Your Single-Leg Squat Form

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5 Power Exercises to Replace Olympic Lifts

There is no doubt that Olympic lifts are great power exercises for athletes, but they are far from perfect. Learning the technique of these exercises...

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Latest Videos in Strength Training

Path to the Pros 2016: Swedish-Born Sebastian Johansson Looks to Bring His Superhuman Strength to the NFL

At TEST Football Academy in Martinsville, New Jersey, offensive lineman Sebastian Johansson trains for his chance at the NFL.

Path to the Pros 2016: Why Anthony Zettel's Freakish Skill and Focused Ambition Will Propel Him Into The NFL

Former Penn State defensive lineman Anthony Zettel is a freakish athlete with a blue-collar mentality.

D-League Star Alex Davis Improves Core Stability with Plank Single-Arm Rows

Erie Bayhawks forward Alex Davis performs Plank Single-Arm Cable Rows for increased upper-body strength and core stability.

Increase Core Strength with Erie Bayhakws Forward Alex Davis's Knee Tucks

NBA D-League forward Alex Davis strengthens his core with Knee Tuck variations.

NBA D-League Forward Alex Davis' Challenging Core Activation Warm-Up

Erie Bayhawks star Alex Davis starts off his workout with a challenging core circuit. Davis performs Physioball Resistance Push-Ups, Physioball Boat holds with a Medicine Ball and Partner-Resisted Push-Ups.