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.
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Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed performs a four-exercise lower-body power circuit during an off-season workout to develop unilateral strength, stability and explosive power.
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Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed performs a superset of Medial Lateral Bounds and Depth Drop to Broad Jump in the off-season to improve his explosiveness during quick changes in direction on the field.
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Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed performs a two-exercise hip mobility series during an off-season workout to stay healthy at the end of an intense lower-body strength day. Ahmed performs Deep Squats and a Manual Hip Stretch to keep his hips mobile.