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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Use Drop Sets to Build Muscle Strength and Size

Athletes that have been training for long enough will start to noticed reduced effectiveness from their normal training routines. When this is the case...

By: David Scott-McDowell

Why Squatting With Your Knees Past Your Toes is Safe

For ages we were told never to squat with our knees going forward past our toes. It was largely considered a major mistake that put your knees in a da...

By: Andy Haley

James Harrison Pushed a Sled With 1,800 Pounds on It, Continues to Prove He's Not Human

Even after 13 seasons in the NFL, James Harrison is still lifting heavy. Insanely heavy. The 39-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker recently...

By: Brandon Hall

3 Exercises That Will Help You Do More Pull-Ups

Pull ups are a great exercise to test relative body strength - not only do you have to be strong, you have to be strong and lean. Whether you are...

By: Jon Drees

How to Fix Common Problems That Threaten to Ruin Your Offseason Workouts

Offseason Conditioning Deterrents Halting Your Progress By Jim Carpentier, CSCS It's frustrating for athletes not seeing anticipated results after...

By: Jim Carpentier

4 Training Tips to Improve Balance and Coordination

Your proprioception, or sense of physical self, is what allows you to move naturally throughout the world, go through motions, or participate in...

By: Gary Moller

How to Create a Back Workout That Actually Works

Back workouts are an essential component of a complete training program that develops strong, powerful and resilient athletes. The back includes some ...

By: Andy Haley

An Athlete's Guide to LeBron's Off-Court Workouts

The physical abilities that LeBron James has displayed on the basketball court throughout his life have made it clear that he is one of the greatest a...

By: Kyle Scadlock

Build Strength Fast With This 30-Minute Landmine Workout

Summer is in full swing, and you need to be outside enjoying the great weather. We don't want to spend all day in the gym this time of the year. At the...

By: Steve Olsen

This 12-Week Training Plan Will Prepare You for Basketball Season

A basketball workout program is important for getting you ready to be successful this season. Basketball is a sport that requires size, strength, speed,...

By: John Cissik

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