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

A Dumbbell Complex Workout to Build Muscle and Quickly Shed Fat

It happens all too often: You arrive at the gym foam roller in hand, with your favorite tunes blasting in your ear, ready to conquer your own 'Mount...

By: Tim Hanway MS, CSCS, ASCC, ACSM

6 Bench Press Challenges That Will Test Your Upper-Body Strength

You love the Bench Press. I love the Bench Press. Everyone loves the Bench Press. Few things are more satisfying than lifting hundreds of pounds over...

By: Andy Haley

The Barbell Rack Pull Gives You Deadlift Benefits With No Back Pain

Stop Force Feeding Conventional Barbell Deadlifts Off The Floor! There's no golden rule saying that every athletes must deadlift conventionally from the...

By: John Rusin

15-Minute At-Home Workout for Shredded Abs

Are you ready to get some shredded abs right from your living room? Awesome. I have the perfect workout for you. You'll need zero equipment and it's...

By: Ben Boudro

How a Simple Mid-Rep Pause Can Build Explosive Speed

Dynamic Isometric training combines the benefits of isometric and explosive training for a synergistic effect that enhances athletic performance. Dr....

By: Erick Avila

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.