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

The Perfect Shoulder Workout for Strength and Durability

Do you have trouble adding size and strength to your shoulders? Do you train them each week and just can't seem to get the upper body you deserve? This...

By: Dylan Spadaccini

Why You Should Always Put Safety Collars on the Bar

Lifting collars or clips are designed to keep plates securely on a barbell. Using collars is a basic weight room safety requirement, but raise your ha...

By: Andy Haley

This Modification Makes Russian Twists Way More Effective (and Safer!)

The Russian Twist is a popular core exercise that improves oblique strength and definition. The exercise, typically performed with a medicine ball, in...

By: Andy Haley

Why The Reverse Crunch Is Your Shortcut to Six-Pack Abs

Reverse Crunches are a much better use of your time than traditional Crunches. Traditional Crunches put unnecessary pressure on your spine. Reverse...

By: Brandon Hall

4 Reasons You're Avoiding the Gym (And What to Do About It)

Sometimes you just don't feel like working out at gym, but you do it anyway because you're committed to your fitness goals. But there are times when you...

By: Anna Johansson

Latest Videos in Strength Training

How Dominic Smith Builds an Explosive Baseball Swing

MLB prospect Dominic Smith demonstrates the explosive core exercise he uses to build a more powerful swing.

Increase Your Baseball Core Strength With Dominic Smith’s Dumbbell Crossbody Chop

Develop the core strength needed for powerful baseball swings and throws with MLB prospect Dominic Smith's dumbbell core exercise.

Improve Your Hitting Power With Dominic Smith’s Belt Squats

Improve your explosive power for baseball with Belt Squats, which MLB prospect Dominic Smith demonstrates in this video.

Improve Your Fielding Range With Dominic Smith’s Shuffle Drill

MLB prospect Dominic Smith performs Resisted Lateral Shuffles to improve his lateral quickness and increase his range in the field.

Increase Lower-Body Strength for Baseball With Dominic Smith’s Single-Leg Plate Squats

MLB prospect Dominic Smith performs Single-Leg Plate Squats to improve strength and prevent injuries.