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 Pro Athletes are Playing Volleyball With Medicine Balls

A growing number of NFL athletes are playing volleyball in the off-season as part of their workouts. But not ordinary volleyball. They're playing ...

By: Andy Haley

3 Weight Vest Exercises for Total-Body Power

Weighted vests are an excellent tool that you can use to develop total body power and add variation to your workouts. Whether you play football,...

By: Sergio Navadijo

An Old-School Core Routine That Will Shred Your Abs

Today a lot of our core training is concerned with balance, stability, and activation of the deeper abdominal muscles. While this has a role, many don't...

By: John Cissik

Build Bigger and Stronger Pecs With This Chest Workout

So you are pressed for time but want to get a serious chest workout in. What do you do? Most people get frustrated at the thought of thinking of...

By: Ben Boudro

Watch 'The Mountain' From 'Game of Thrones' Pull a Dump Truck in Preparation for The World's Strongest Man

Details about the 2016 World's Strongest Man competition will be released soon, which means all of the contestants are working out like mad men. Haft...

By: Rob Scott

Latest Videos in Strength Training

3 Great Barbell Exercises to Build Strength and Power

Watch Buffalo Bills fullback Glenn Gronkowski demonstrate three excellent barbell exercises for athletes.

Improve Full-Body Flexibility With These Stretch Machine Exercises

The Gronk Fitness Stretch Machine allows athletes to stretch out their major muscle groups after a workout, ensuring a quality cool-down and enhanced recovery.

9 Push Sled Exercises That Build Full-Body Strength

Former NFL tight end Dan Gronkowski demonstrates 9 excellent sled exercises for athletes.

Build a Powerful Core With Just a Med Ball

These three med ball exercises will help you build rock-solid core strength and stability.

5 Best Ways to Use a Plyo Box

Former NFL fullback Chris Gronkowski demonstrates the five best ways for an athlete to use a plyo box.