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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Top 5 Ways to Boost Your Skating Speed

"What are the top five exercises to get faster for hockey in your opinion?" It's a question I get asked all the time. Since this is such a common q...

Training With 'Intent' Is a Concept Too Many Young Athletes Fail to Appreciate

"Athletes are either compliant or competitive." I heard that phrase for the first time recently, and I quickly thought about how true it was when i...

The Biggest Split Squat Mistake You Didn't Know You Were Making

When it comes to lower-body lifts, the Split Squat is one of the most effective and scalable options for athletes of all levels. The massive import...

Too Much Quad, Not Enough Glute: A Common Problem for Young Pitchers

The most common disconnect I see in young baseball pitchers is an inability to load the glute. Many pitching coaches will refer to this as "an inab...

Why Young Athletes Should Utilize the Lateral Plyometric Jump

All too often, athletes ignore lateral movement in their training. Why? Well, with literally thousands of exercises and drills at their disposal, a...

What is the 'Conjugate Training System'?

What is the conjugate training system? Also known as the "Westside Method" because it was devised by Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell gym in Colum...

5 Reasons Your Knees Always Hurt (and How to Finally Fix Them)

No one likes dealing with nagging pain. For athletes looking to enhance performance and get after it, such pain is particularly troublesome. All...

This Single-Leg Squat Variation Will Scorch Your Quads and Glutes

Lifting heavy is great. Lifting heavy all the time? Not so much. Adding some smart accessory work to your workouts builds muscle and gives the j...

Are Bad Landing Mechanics Slowly Breaking Down Your Body?

In the world of sports performance, we're obsessed with force production. How much force can our muscles produce, and how fast can they do it? J...

This RDL Variation Will Work Your Hamstrings Without Hurting Your Back

Ask 10 strength coaches for their favorite posterior chain exercises, and the majority will have some variation of the Romanian Deadlift as their go-t...

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