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

23 Exercises Proven to Build a Bigger Chest and Enormous Arms

They may often be referred to as "show muscles" or "mirror muscles," but a bigger chest and jacked arms never hurt anybody. Well, they may have hurt s...

By: Ryan Obernesser

Change Your Mechanics for the Better With the Front Squat Single-Leg RDL

Having the right exercises in your program will increase your overall performance. That's a fact. When performing any explosive movement, power and sp...

By: Kelvin King Jr.

The Kettlebell Pullover: 3 Big Reasons You Should Use This Move

The Kettlebell Pullover is a great bang-for-your-buck exercise. When performed properly, it can be used as an effective regression that gives a large ...

By: Alex Nurse

How to Master All-Important Functional Movement Patterns

The last thing any athlete wants to be is weak and slow during competition. Even though there are no specific "exercises" that need to be done to have...

By: Tim Danchak

How the Bicep Curl Actually Impacts Sports Performance

"I've never seen a biceps score a touchdown". It's a common sentiment in the world of athlete training meant to convey the idea that the biceps sim...

By: Rich Molin

Latest Videos in Strength Training

The Training That Allowed Raiders CB Obi Melifonwu to Dominate the NFL Combine

NFL cornerback Obi Melifonwu destroyed the NFL Combine with a 4.40 40-Yard Dash and a 44-inch Vertical Jump. Here's an inside look at how he hones his extraordinary athleticism.

Improve Your Golf Performance With Tips From Dustin Johnson’s Strength Coach

Legendary golf performance coach “Joey D” Diovisalvi talks about the evolution of golf.

A Legendary Collegiate Strength Coach Explains How High School Athletes Should be Training

Boyd Epley, assistant athletic director for strength and conditioning at Nebraska, talks about the mistakes that high school athletes make with their training.

Crush Your Workouts With Tips From Brady Collins, Strength Coach for the University of Cincinnati Football Team

Brady Collins explains the type of mindset athletes need in the weight room to get results.

How the Cincinnati Bengals Approach Offseason Training

Bengals strength coach Chip Morton talks about how his athletes approach their offseason training program.