Strength Training Articles

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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Create an Effective 3-Day Workout Routine With This Template

When it comes time to write programs, whether for yourself or someone else, the process can quickly become overcomplicated. You can spend hours upon h...

By: Josh Williams

Why Crunches Are Ruining Your Ability to Sprint Faster

If you've been paying attention, you know that Crunches are no longer a favorite exercise of elite athletes and the people who train them. Unless y...

By: Kyle Andersen

More than a Six Pack: 3 Keys to Building Functional, Performance-Enhancing Core Strength

A well-developed core is not only the prominent feature of a good physique, it's the foundation of an elite athlete. Strength, power and stability all...

By: Kevin Warren

What is an Accessory Exercise? Everything You Need to Know About These Training Staples

If you're new to strength training, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the avalanche of vocabulary words being thrown your way. Not only are you...

By: Brandon Hall

Why Soccer Players Should Strength Train

The weight room can be an intimidating place. Especially if you're the youngest, smallest or weakest player on your soccer team. High school soccer...

By: Tyler Tredway

Are Olympic Lifts Right For You? Here's How to Find Out

When talking to strength coaches, Olympic lifts can be one of the more polarizing topics. Many strength coaches swear by Olympic lifts as the greatest...

By: Matthew Korman

Build a Better Body With These 7 Swiss Ball Exercises

Swiss Balls are a tremendous training tool. When used correctly, these simple spheres can help build a stronger, leaner and more resilient body. Th...

By: Brandon Hall

LeBron's Secret to Being Better Than Ever in Season 15? Superhuman Core Strength

With his recent play, 33-year-old LeBron James has ascended to yet another level of basketball greatness. He may soon find himself in a stratosphere w...

By: Brandon Hall

Metabolic Resistance Training vs. Cardio Interval Training: Which Is Best for You?

HIIT workouts. You see them advertised everywhere. From fitness social media accounts to the posters and schedules at your neighborhood gym, HIIT (...

By: James Kopniske

Why Endurance Athletes Need to Lift Heavy Weights

It's always been a common thought that endurance athletes, if they lift at all, should lift lighter weights while using a higher repetition scheme. Th...

By: Jeff Watters

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