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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Jump Higher With These 10 Tips You've Never Tried Before

For some athletes, vertical jump height is a major pain point. Everyone wants to jump higher, and when no one's proud of a weak vert. Those ...

5 Awesome Exercises You Can Perform With a Reverse Hyper Machine

The reverse hyper machine is one of the best pieces of exercise equipment a gym can have. The most popular exercise performed on this machine? Reve...

Use Velocity-Based Training to Get More Out of Your Athlete Assessments

Assessments are vital to implementing a strength and conditioning program. Without at least some form of baseline data, how can we measure progress, i...

Tweak Your Strength Training to Become a More Reactive, Explosive Athlete

Athletes who are interested in becoming more reactive and dynamic in sport need to make sure that their training programs reflect these traits. This m...

Why Your Hip Flexors Are Key to Your Athletic Performance

If you follow any fitness accounts on social media, you have likely come across multiple posts on the dangers of "tight" hip flexors. According to ...

How Harrison Phillips Built One of the Most Impressive Bench Presses in NFL History

When Harrison Phillips put up 42 reps on the Bench Press at the 2018 NFL Combine, he joined an exclusive club. Since 1998, only eighteen men have m...

Top Strength Coaches Used to Love These Exercises—Now They Know Better

As a trainer, progression is everything. Just as exercises have progressions, it's your responsibility to continually evolve your education, methods, ...

The Secret to Jumping Higher Without Any Jump Training

Just about every athlete wants to be able to jump higher. Having the best vertical jump is a desire that's engrained in athletes from a very young ...

How a Yoga Ball and a Resistance Band Can Help Athletes Build the Best Type of Core Strength

"Anti-core training" is a massively important piece of the athletic development puzzle. The term "anti" refers to the resisting of lumbar flexion, ...

The Steel Mace: Why Every Athlete Should Know This Unique Piece of Equipment

My earliest memories of athletic training revolve around conventional equipment. You know, the barbells, dumbbells and weight plates that make up most...

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