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 These 6 Simple Tests to Find Your Perfect Squat

We can all agree that the Squat is a foundational movement. It can be used to develop strength, power and muscle mass. Being able to Squat without pai...

5 Advanced Core Exercises for Soccer Players

I am not a fan of Crunches. It is a bold statement, but Crunches do not translate to improved soccer performance or reduced risk of injury on the p...

Why Band-Assisted Jumps are the Missing Link for Your Explosive Training

Athletes are in the unending pursuit to enhance explosiveness. Who doesn't want to jump higher, sprint faster, hit harder and cut faster? The ability ...

Why Pistol Squats Are an Awesome Exercise For Athletes

Pistol Squats are a very difficult but equally rewarding bodyweight exercise. Pistol Squats are a great unilateral exercise that require strength, sta...

Why Every Athlete Needs In-Season Strength Training (and How to Do It Right)

You've just spent the last four to six months training hard and pushing your body to new limits. You have gotten bigger, stronger and faster with hope...

Why Flexibility Is a Strength Coach's Greatest Asset When Training Student-Athletes

Coaching young athletes can be some of the most rewarding work a strength coach will ever do. But at the same time, coaching athletes at this level...

Why Athletes Should Pull Twice as Often as They Push Inside the Weight Room

As a coach, one of my main goals with workout programming is balance. Creating an equally partitioned regimen so that no body part gets left behind is...

5 Exercises That Will Increase Your Soccer Shooting Power

It's the first day of soccer practice to start the new season. All the new and returning players arrive at the pitch. The coach drops a bundle of new ...

These 3 Tiny Tweaks to Common Exercises Can Give You Big Results

Athletes inside the weight room should ask, "Why?" Why are we doing this lift? Why are we doing this many sets? Why do I do it like this when I saw...

Guarantee a Great Workout With This 3-Exercise Circuit

This workout is all about efficiency in our strength movements tied together by some heart-pounding cardio. The three exercises we are going to use ar...

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