A common type of strength training for developing the strength and muscle mass, weightlifting uses a variety of specialized equipment (weighted bars, dumbbells, kettlebells or weight stacks) to target specific muscle groups. Athletes generally target the muscles of the lower body, upper body and core that are used in competition. Done properly, workouts improve muscle size, mass, strength and power, while also helping to prevent injury. Find advice about the best ways to increase strength from today's top coaches and elite athletes.

Latest in Weightlifting

Are Bodybuilding Workouts Appropriate for Athletes?

Are Bodybuilding Workouts Appropriate for Athletes? The short answer is no. There are, however parts of bodybuilding workouts that we, as athletes, can...

By: Matt Tanneberg

'The Mountain' From 'Game of Thrones' Presses a 396-Pound Log Overhead and Then Terrifies Us All With His Celebratory Screaming

Hafthór Björnsson, who plays "The Mountain" on Game of Thrones, is breaking a World record or performing a highlight-worthy feat of strength on a we...

By: Andy Haley

WATCH: A Strongman and a Powerlifter Go Head-to-Head in a Strength Duel, Lift Massive Amounts of Weight

Strongman competitors and powerlifters are gigantic human beings. They train with crazy amounts of weight so they can lift massive amounts in comp...

By: Andy Haley

WATCH: Guy Tries to Lift Too Much Weight, and His Spotter Pays the Price

We've all made dumb mistakes in the gym. I once saw a guy bench pressing when the plates slid off one end of the bar. Plates were flying all over th...

By: Andy Haley

How to Bounce Back From a Bad Day at the Gym

Journeys marked with PRs and give rise to the achievement of fitness goals are inevitably interspersed with pedestrian and at times, disappointing...

By: Joe Giandonato

Latest Videos in Weightlifting

Elite Performance with Mike Boyle: Should Athletes Press Overhead?

In this episode of STACK Elite Performance, Mike Boyle explains when it’s safe to press overhead and demonstrates three overhead exercises that protect the shoulder.

World-Class Workouts With Todd Durkin: Build Strength and Work Capacity With Drop Sets

In this episode of World-Class Workouts, Todd Durkin shows you how to increase the volume of exercises you perform in a workout and get quicker results through drop sets.

Ndamukong Suh Squats Over 450 Pounds

NFL defensive tackle and former NCAA All-American Ndamukong Suh demonstrates his power by squatting over 450 pounds.

Thomas Jones Chasing Greatness Part 4: Moving Iron, Making Muscle

In the fourth episode of Chasing Greatness, Kansas City Chiefs RB Thomas Jones gives an inside look at his training routine.

Developing Late and Working Hard with Terrell Owens

Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl receiver Terrell Owens talks about being a late bloomer and hitting the weights during free periods in high school