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

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley Solidifies His Freak Athlete Status by Running and 4.30 40 and Benching 225 30 Times

Saquon Barkley continues to prove that he's one of the rarest athletes college football has ever seen. The 5-foot-11, 223-pound Penn State running ...

By: Brandon Hall

6 Reasons to Schedule Summer Morning Workouts

Six Convincing Reasons to Schedule Summer Morning Workouts By Jim Carpentier, CSCS It's tempting for athletes and non-athletes to sleep in or postpone...

By: Jim Carpentier

Use Drop Sets to Build Muscle Strength and Size

Athletes that have been training for long enough will start to noticed reduced effectiveness from their normal training routines. When this is the case...

By: David Scott-McDowell

Why Squatting With Your Knees Past Your Toes is Safe

For ages we were told never to squat with our knees going forward past our toes. It was largely considered a major mistake that put your knees in a da...

By: Andy Haley

James Harrison Pushed a Sled With 1,800 Pounds on It, Continues to Prove He's Not Human

Even after 13 seasons in the NFL, James Harrison is still lifting heavy. Insanely heavy. The 39-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker recently...

By: Brandon Hall

Latest Videos in Strength Training

How UFC Newcomer Bobby Nash Plans to Dominate His Opponents With Superior Conditioning and a Relentless Fighting Style

Bobby Nash has only fought one UFC fight, but plans to use his superior conditioning and work ethic to take the sport by storm.

UFC Fighter Bobby Nash's MMA Strength and Conditioning Workout

Get a behind-the-scenes look at UFC Fighter Bobby Nash's brutal full-body workout that is helping him achieve his goal of becoming the fittest fighter in the UFC.

Build Full-Body Strength With This Superset From UFC Fighter Bobby Nash

UFC Fighter Bobby Nash performs the Iso Arnold Press and Single-Leg RDL to Row to improve his full-body strength.

Improve Your Conditioning and Torch Fat With UFC Fighter Bobby Nash's Brutal Workout Finisher

Strength coach Ben Boudro puts UFC Fighter Bobby Nash through a brutal five-exercise circuit that challenges the entire body, improves conditioning and builds mental toughness.

Get Stronger With UFC Fighter Bobby Nash's Pull-Up and Lunge Superset

This superset, performed by UFC Fighter Bobby Nash, will improve back, grip, core and leg strength.