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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Here's a 4-Week Strength Training Program Designed for Pre-Teen Athletes

When working with and designing a strength program for youth athletes (ages 13 and under), the goal is to keep it as simple and appropriate as possibl...

Why Full-Body Movements Are Your Key to Getting in Better Shape Fast

Finding time to train can be a challenge. During the school year, academics, sports practices, games and family commitments can sometimes superse...

Why Should Athletes Perform Planks?

Planks are one of the most popular exercises in the world. They're also some of the simplest exercises you'll ever see. True to their name, basic P...

Why Your Ab Workout Isn't Actually Strengthening Your Core

"Hey Coach, can you give me a good ab workout?" It's a question I get all the time. My response is usually something along the lines of "Are you at...

3 Factors to Consider When Training Swimmers

When you think of athletes who strength train, swimmers probably aren't the first ones who spring to mind. However, every athlete can benefit from ...

Opposites Attract: Why E-Sport Athletes Benefit From Strength Training

You're wasting your time. Go outside and play. You're being anti-social, go interact with people in person. If anyone has played video games for an...

Why Training to Failure Can Actually Hinder Your Strength, Power and Explosiveness Gains

Training to failure. If you're unfamiliar with the term, it refers to performing as many reps during a set as you possibly can. Only once your body...

Why Great Baseball Players Are Built in the Fall

With the fall season right around the corner, I thought this would be a great time for me to talk about the importance of early offseason training. ...

What Should I Do if One Side of My Body Is Stronger Than the Other?

We strive to be creatures of symmetry. Yet imbalances are all but unavoidable. And every day, we reinforce many of our body's physical imbalances t...

Why Soccer Players Need Rotational Power (and How to Build it)

If you want to be the best soccer player possible, you need rotational power. While I am all for Squats, Lunge variations, Pull-ups, Push-ups and D...

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